Some people just inspire happiness wherever they go. Wherever the fun was, Davene M. Whaley (nee Lewis) made the day a little brighter. She loved her job and worked hard for her boss. She was thoughtful, loving, and very proud of her two daughters. We adored her as our world, a loving mother, and doting grandmother who most definitely spoiled her grandsons as well as her dog Emmy.
When we think of Davene, we think of something beautiful. All you need is faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust, Davene definitely loved Disney. If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. The sun had set in the early evening of Friday, April 15, 2022, and it was the last day we could be together. Davene passed away unexpectedly, during a brief hospital stay at the age of 73 at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
One gift, above all others… one that knows no time, no place, and one gold cannot measure. The precious, poignant, tender gift of life – that, will keep our dear ones ever living on even though they sleep. No one knows what awaits us on the other side. Our highest tribute to Davene is not grief, but gratitude from those who will receive her gifts. Davene was an organ donor and gave the gift of sight to two families. Even after death, Davene continued to give.
Davene was born in Woodbury and spent all of her years as a Holy City neighbor. She was a graduate of Gloucester High, class of 1966, and made her career working at the Camden County Board of County Commissioners for over 20 years. Davene had her “club” and kept in touch with high school classmates, enjoying taking the fun on the many “girl trips”. At home, she loved to bake and took over the tradition and recipe of the family’s homemade fudge.
To the world Davene, you may have just been a mother, but to your family, you are our world. She is survived by her daughters; Stacey & her husband Rich Dobleman and Amy & her husband Scott Whitelock. Davene was crazy about her grandkids and is the proud grandmother of; Mathew, Samuel, Timothy, Andrew, Ryan, Jake and Aidan. She is also survived and will be sadly missed by her brother David & his wife Barbara Lewis as well as her faithful, little furry companion “Emmy”. Davene was predeceased by her brother, the late Ronald Lewis.
Relatives, friends, and neighbors are invited to gather with the Whaley family. We’ll be sharing our heartfelt stories between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at Creran Celebration Etherington & Creran Funeral Homes 700 Powell St., Gloucester City where a remembrance ceremony will be celebrated by Pastor, Rev. Debra Conner at 3:00 pm. Inurnment will be held privately. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper 2 Cooper Plaza, Camden, NJ 08103 www.cooperhealth.org
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