Marjorie May Center DeVito died of complications from emergency surgery early on the morning of June 10, 2004. She was the devoted wife of Ettore "Tony" Anthony DeVito, the loving mother of Torre and Laura DeVito, mother-in-law of Karen DeVito, and proud grandmother of Robert and Rebecca DeVito. She was preceded in death by McManus "Buddy" and Laura Huffman. She is survived by her brother, Samuel Center; and her sisters, Dianne Sliva and Judy Ganske. Marjorie was born on May 4, 1941 in Washington State, and moved to Bellville, Texas where she lived until she joined the Woman's Army Corp in 1959. While serving the United States and stationed in Washington D.C., she met and eventually married a young army photographer, her husband of 44 years, Tony DeVito. Marge, as her friends knew her, was the survivor of a twenty year struggle with cancer and proponent of the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life". Her indominatable spirit inspired those around her. She loved working with children, and is an alumni of Surprise Lake Camp where she ran the nature shack and where she will long be remembered for her loving and playful spirit, demented sense of humor, and her irascible practical jokes. She will also be remembered in bingo halls throughout the United States, but especially to those ladies and gentlemen who meet in the basement of Our Lady of Loretto in Cold Spring, New York where she would appear in the company of assorted characters including a couple of crazy young men dressed as bag-ladies. Her sense of humor and caring nature broke down many barriers, and those who were fortunate enough to come under her care found a lifelong mentor and friend. She was dearly loved and will be sorely missed, but has made an indelible mark on us all. There were no viewing hours. The service was at the cemetery site at Chatham Memorial Park, 13260 U.S. Hwy 64 W, Siler City, North Carolina at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, June 14, 2004. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society by phone, at 1-800-ACS-2345, or by mail at 11 S. Boylan, Suite 221, Releigh, NC 27603. Acknowledgments to the family may be sent to The DeVito Family, 511 SE Maynard Rd., Cary, NC 27511.
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