Devereux Smith Brunner
March 20, 1924 - January 24, 2021
Born to Mary Jarratt Smith and William Haimes Smith in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Devereux was first and foremost, a devoted, caring and nurturing mother to her two sons. She was also a world traveler, a voracious collector, a genealogical researcher, and a lover of the many pets she cared for over her long and exceptionally full life, lasting over 96 years. Although small in stature, she was a powerhouse when it came to volunteer work and supporting causes close to her heart in the communities where she lived. She was also passionate about gardening, tennis, golf, sewing, social gatherings and all manner of outdoor activities.
During her teens, she became an avid summer camper at Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas where she was voted as the very prestigious 'Ideal Waldemar Girl' while attending there in her summer term of 1941.
After attending Ardmore High School, Devereux studied at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas before eventually graduating from Oklahoma University where she met, and eventually married, Ross Brunner on Thursday November 23, 1950. The couple were married at the home of her mother and father in Ardmore. They eventually settled in Midland, Texas where Ross was passionately involved in the Oil & Gas business. She became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority while attending OU.
While living in Midland, Devereux was on the Board of Directors of the High Sky Girls Ranch and was deeply involved for many years in the Crystal Ball, a fund-raising event benefiting the High Sky Girl's Ranch. Devereux was a Member of the Junior League of Midland, a Member of the Midland Country Club and was also a devoted Member of the Midland Garden Club.
In the early 80's, Ross and Devereux moved back to Ardmore to care for Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the latter years of their lives, and never returned to Midland.
Devereux was inducted into The Dr. John Woodson Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century, by establishing her lineal descent to an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies. She was a Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and did extensive and expansive work on her family genealogy. She also was a recipient of the special Heritage Award of the Carter County Historical Museum in 1992.
Devereux was preceded in death by her husband Ross and a sister, Virginia, who passed at the age of 9 years. She is survived by her son, William Regan (Rege) Brunner of San Antonio, his wife Marie Quereau Brunner, her son Robert (Robin) Devereux Brunner of Midland, Texas and his wife, Cathryn Snead Brunner. She is also survived by 7 wonderful grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, all of whom she deeply loved and was very proud of.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the many caregivers she had over the past several years, including, but certainly not limited to, Pedro, Mary, Kathy, Shelly, Adele, Debra, Grace, Chris, Judy, and all of the others who selflessly gave their time and called upon their patience for the care and comfort of Devereux over the past several years.
A private interment will be attended by immediate family members at the Smith family plot in the Rose Hill Cemetery, coordinated by Harvey Douglas Funeral Home of Ardmore.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a generous donation to the Society for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Devereux's name: secure.aspca.org/donate
Memorial condolences and words of comfort may be left for the family at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.
Posted online on January 31, 2021