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Nancy M. DeVries, 77

The Baltimore Sun

Nancy Marie DeVries, a homemaker, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Woodbrook resident was 77.

Born Nancy Marie Ferguson in Lynchburg, Va., she attended Brenau College in Gainesville, Ga., where she studied dance and ballet. She later performed in Swan Lake with a New York City Ballet traveling troupe in Roanoke, Va.

She moved to Baltimore in 1953 with her husband, John Oliver DeVries II, who worked as a Hill & Co. real estate sales agent.

In the 1970s, Mrs. DeVries worked with Marie Louise Kelly, her aunt, at the West Wing Shop in the Hampton Mansion. She participated in the annual Johns Hopkins Carriage House Antiques Show.

Mrs. DeVries also sketched coats-of-arms paintings for family and friends.

She was formerly active with the Baltimore Academy of the Visitation Parents Club, the Baltimore Country Club and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Besides her husband of 57 years, survivors include a son, John Oliver DeVries III of Rodgers Forge; three daughters, Marrell Louise DeVries Harrison of Glen Arm, Nancy Jenkins DeVries of Baltimore and Elizabeth Hooper DeVries Snider of Ruxton; three brothers, Marshall T. Ferguson of Stanton, Del., David H. Ferguson of Chestertown and Sanford L. Ferguson of Lynchburg; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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