Mary Isabelle Devlin, age 76, of Miles City passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the Holy Rosary Health Center in Miles City.
Isabelle was born in Powell, Wyoming on December 26, 1935, the daughter of Vincent and Trina (Maestas) Gonzales. She attended schools in Wyoming and Montana, graduating from Laurel High School in 1953. She then attended Eastern Montana College in Billings, graduating in 1958 with majors in Spanish, and Commercial studies, along with a minor in English. She began teaching in Terry, MT in the fall of 1958, and taught there until 1960. While teaching in Terry, She met Gerry Devlin. They were married in June 1959. In 1960, Gerry and Isabelle moved to the family ranch northwest of Terry. Isabelle resumed her teaching career in the fall of 1964, when she began teaching at Sacred Heart School in Miles City. While teaching at Sacred Heart, she started the school drill team, the Shamraleens. Isabelle taught at Sacred Heart until the spring of 1969, when she once again moved to the family ranch.
In 1981, her husband Gerry began serving in the Montana Legislature. Isabelle split her time between Helena and the ranch. While in Helena, she worked for the Legislative Council as a Bill proofreader. In 1992, Gerry and Isabelle purchased a handcreme company, Marcha Labs. Isabelle operated the company at the family ranch while Gerry finished his Legislative career. In 1998, they sold the handcreme company to their son, Ron, who operates it at the family ranch to this day. Gerry and Isabelle retired to Miles City in 1999, turning the ranch over to their boys.
Isabelle was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, a volunteer at RSVP, member of Cowbelles and Wife, and helped in the reorganization of the Montana Woolgrower Women.
Isabelle is survived by her husband Gerry Devlin of Miles City, MT; three sons, Ron Devlin of Terry Mt; Todd Devlin of Terry, Mt, Tom Devlin of Miles City, Three gands6ns, Owen, Everett, and Henry; a brother, Chuck Gonzales and wife Sharon of Billings MT; sister in law, Betty Gonzales of Billings Mt. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Jim, Arthur, and Vincent and a daughter in law, Susan Devlin.
Visitation was held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Vigil services was held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miles City. Rite of Committal followed in the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Miles City Public Library or to the charity of one’s choice.
Published Dec. 19, 2012