Norma Lucy Deveau       Back to 'Tree'

Norma, oldest of 7 children, was born in Chelsea MA on July 13th, 1909, and returned to Nova Scotia soon after. She returned to the US at about age 16 as a servant for a "Mrs. Brown" of New York City. I have little information between that point and her engagement to Victor Vierow Capes in approximately 1929.

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It is my understanding that the Capes family used to vacation in Nova Scotia occasionally, and that is where they met. Her marriage to Victor occurred in 1930. A son, Charles William Capes II was born in February of 1938.

In September of 1945, she (with her son)  separated from Victor, and settled in Newburgh NY. They were divorced in 2/7/1951.

She worked at several jobs before beginning work for "The Newburgh News" as a teletype operator, where she worked until her retirement in 1971.

At her retirement, she decided she wished to spend the rest of her life in Nova Scotia, so she moved there in 1971, and remained the rest of her life. She never remarried.


DEVEAU, Norma - 94, 121 Maxwelton Rd., Meteghan Centre, Digby Co., passed away peacefully in her sleep at her residence, on Monday, December 15, 2003. Norma was the eldest of 13 children and was born on July 13, 1909, to the late Jean William DEVEAU and Laura THIBODEAU. Her father, Jean William DEVEAU was the son of Jean DEVEAU, and his mother was Maguet SMITH of Hectanooga, Digby Co. Norma was baptized on July 18, 1909, in the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, Chelsea, Mass., and was married to Mr. Victor V. CAPES on March 1, 1930, by Rev. J KIERMAN according to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church and in conformity with the laws of the State of New York. Mrs. DEVEAU is survived by her daughter, Ms. Lidwine H. HEROUX, Meteghan Centre, formerly of Brunswick, Ga.; her son, Mr. Charles W. CAPES, Mildford, Conn.; sister, Helen SMITH, Berwick. Norma has three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Mrs. Norma DEVEAU was a pioneer in her generation by working and becoming the first female to be accepted into the International Typographical Union and the Communication Workers of America. She also founded the New Horizons Seniors Club in Meteghan and was a lifetime member of the the New Horizons Club in Weymouth. Norma was always pursuing her creative talents in teaching others how to paint, crochet, knit, and was always willing to give to various charitable organizations even when she was not always able to afford to. Visitation will be held 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today in Meteghan Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday in Stella Maris Church, Meteghan, Rev. Albeni D'ENTREMONT officiating, with reception to follow. Burial in the parish cemetery.