Lillian Nickell DeVenny passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018 in Norfolk, VA. She was born in Chesapeake, Ohio, her twin brother lived only a few hours. At 2 weeks old, she and her parents the late Hayes B. & Alice N. Nickell moved to Covington, VA where she grew up. She was an honor graduate of Covington High School and attended Covington Business School and later, Norfolk College. She held Continuing Education Units from Old Dominion University and The University of Puerto Rico where she wrote and presented a paper at a World Conference on Drunk Driving.
Lillian is survived by her husband, John Paul DeVenny, Jr.; a son, John Hayes DeVenny; grandchildren, Jennifer DeVenny and J. Brian Nicewander; five nieces and 3 nephews as well as several great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sisters Sarah Rhodes and Vivian Pease, her brothers J.E. and Harry B. Nickell as well as her only daughter, Carrie Leigh who was killed in 1979 by an intoxicated driver. After this, Lillian and two friends started VIRGINIANS OPPOSING DRUNK DRIVING, a citizens’ group to educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving. It was also an organization to assist the victims and the surviving relatives of these crashes. She and her group attended the General Assembly for many years, fighting to have these laws strengthened in Virginia.
A graveside service will be held for Lillian on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00 am at Alleghany Memorial Park, 7008 Winterberry Ave. in Covington, VA. Contributions can be made in Lillian’s name to Drive Safe Hampton Roads by clicking HERE.
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
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