In memory of
Stephanie Lynn (O'Keefe) DeVries
DeVries (O'Keefe), Stephanie Lynn born January 27, 1950, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Monday, April 13 after a long and hard fought battle with kidney failure. Steffie was born in Grand Rapids and lived in Wyoming, working at various places. Her favorite job was running The Country Shed, a family owned craft shop, where she specialized in flower arrangements and wedding decorations. After the Shed closed in 1995, Steffie pursued a dream of becoming a black jack dealer at casinos in the Traverse City area. She loved the excitement, environment and people at the casino. When her only child, Stacia DeVries, settled in Lansing, Steffie followed her there, living there for most of the last 10 years. Steffie will be remembered for her quick wit, fun and crazy ideas that always went above and beyond, and her unending capacity for love, especially for Stac. Being a mom was the most important thing to her. She was so proud of Stac and always helped in whatever she was up to - from coaching little league softball, to hosting all night craft parties, and even filling 100's of Easter eggs for Stac's students to find on a Lansing Catholic High School mission trip. Steffie loved making grand gestures and tried to make moments extra special and memorable. Steffie always spoke whatever was on her mind. She loved coffee, casino trips, her dogs and grand dogs, wrapping presents with fancy bows, adventures, and being with her family. Stephanie is survived by her daughter, Stacia DeVries; mother, Ruth O'Keefe; sister, Shannon Mekkes (Don); brothers, Mike O'Keefe (Julie), Mark O'Keefe (Sue) and David O'Keefe (Amanda); and many loving nieces and nephews, all of which were her favorite. She was preceded in death by her daddy, Thomas O'Keefe and sister, Lizzie Stevens. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your local animal shelter or take a loved one on an adventure or trip to the casino. Stacia would love to see pictures from your adventures! The family will hold a celebration of life later this summer. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com .
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