Marlys DeVries, 85, Luverne, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Due to concern for the public’s health, a private family graveside service will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Marlys G. Wulf was born Oct. 18, 1935, to Harry and Irene (Reese) Wulf in Garretson, South Dakota. She grew up in Beaver Creek and graduated from Beaver Creek High School.
Marlys married Delmar DeVries on March 19, 1955. They farmed west of Beaver Creek for a few years, then northeast of Kenneth for a short time, until they bought a farm west of Luverne where they lived and farmed until moving into Luverne in 2005. In addition to helping on the farm, Marlys also had other occupations over the years including grocery clerk, dental assistant, custodian at a local bank, and Luverne School District bus driver for 25 years. Marlys loved gardening, sewing, baking, cards and crafts. Her love of gardening led her to start a vegetable farm, “Del-Mar Gardens.” Marlys’ artistic flair was evident in the wood and floral creations she sold at local craft fairs.
In retirement she continued to enjoy vegetable gardening, quilting and baking. She also enjoyed cards and learned to play Texas Hold ’em. She played in many local and state tournaments.
Marlys is survived by her husband, Delmar DeVries; three daughters, Jacqueline DeVries of Champlin, Jolene (Alan) DeVries-Johnson of Blaine, and Jeanette (Ajay) Hatle of Luverne; one grandson, Nicholas Johnson; and two great-grandchildren, James and Melanie Johnson.
She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Betty Ann (Wulf) Matus and Marian Wulf.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Macular Degeneration Research, www.support.brightfocus.org/macular/donate.