73, of Los Altos Hills, died unexpectedly on February 11, 2018, of cancer.
Such a one is rare among us. Decent and true; caring and giving; friendly, thoughtful and kind, her life was an inspiration. Married nearly 50 years to retired Lockheed Vice President Dr. Ernest Littauer, their home became a gathering place noted for its cheerful hospitality, gorgeous orchids, and casual elegance.
Deveda graduated from Stanford University in 1966 and received her Master’s Degree from San Jose State. A psychologist for 35 years at Davis Intermediate School in San Jose, Deveda established personally funded scholarships for kids who might not have been able otherwise to attend college. The school’s library is named in her honor.
A lover of music, the arts, and helping others, she contributed to many causes including Kohl Mansion, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Haas Center for Public Service, the Stanford University Music Department, the Holocaust Museum, the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as to innumerable folks that needed a friendly word, a sincere smile, encouragement when times were hard and a celebration when times were good. Her wonderful presence and charm brought light with her wherever she went. She was, and is, greatly loved.
Deveda is survived by her brother Joel McDonough of Eureka and dear friends around the world. She was preceded in death by her mother, Beth McDonough, and her father, John McDonough.
A Memorial Service honoring her life will be held on April 15 at 3:00 at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley.