July 12, 2024

E. Deva (Vincelette) Mills

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Rehoboth – E. Deva (Vincelette) Mills, 87, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully at her home, with her family by her side on Sunday, April 14, 2024. She was the beloved wife of Leonard Mills, Sr., they received the Sacrament of Marriage sixty-seven years ago in Our Lady of Consolation Church in Pawtucket. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Alphonse T., Sr. and Eva B. (Ethier) Vincelette. Deva and Leonard made their home in Rehoboth since the early 1960’s.

Together Deva and her husband were the co-founders of American Form Corp. Over the years, they worked hard to grow the family business from its humble beginnings out of their family kitchen and a cigar box to what it has become today. They were also proud to pass on the reigns to their family to ensure its success well into the future.

While raising her family and working alongside her husband, Deva attended college and went on to work for the federal government at the United States Postal Service. She retired from the USPS after twenty years of service. Prior to her work with the postal service, Deva worked as a teacher at CO-OP in North Dighton, educating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities preparing them to work in manufacturing and other fields.

As a pastime, Deva had a passion for all things equestrian and enjoyed caring for her horses, which were stabled at her home in Rehoboth. Deva and her family enjoyed camping at Arcadia Park in Hope Valley, Rhode Island and spending time at her family’s homes in both the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Cayman Islands, where she and Leonard spent the entirety of their winters.

Deva will be lovingly remembered by all whose lives she has touched over the past eighty-seven years.

Besides her loving husband, Deva leaves a son, Leonard “Lenny” Mills, Jr. and his companion, Christine McKearney, of Rehoboth; two daughters, Gail D. O’Connor and her husband, Thomas, Sr., of Middletown, RI, and Melissa Mello and her husband, Wayne, of Rehoboth; ten grandchildren, Leonard Mills, III, Christopher J. Mills, Thomas J. O’Connor, Jr., Jeremiah C. O’Connor, Benjamin T. O’Connor and Zachariah T. O’Connor, Chad A. Mello, Shane L. Mello, Kyle W. Mello and Julia F. Mello; two great-grandchildren, Coralie M. O’Connor and Luke T. O’Connor, and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Jeffrey D. Mills and the sister of the late Marcella and Fred Guilmette, Alphonse, Jr., and Patricia Vincelette and Lorraine and Douglas Gobielle.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, April 20th at the church where Deva received all her sacraments and attended the parochial school, Our Lady of Consolation Church in Pawtucket, and she was interred with late son, Jeffrey, at the Rehoboth Village Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the WILLIAM W. TRIPP Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket. Memorial gifts to the American Parkinson’s Association, P.O. Box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306 would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at: www.TrippFuneralHome.com 

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