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Evangeline (Eve) Ruth Brent DeVeir – July 9, 2019

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Evangeline (Eve) Ruth Brent DeVeir

Evangeline (Eve) Ruth Brent DeVeir was born to early Westwood, California pioneers Marguerite E. and Roy G. Brent, Sr. Dec. 22, 1937. It was indeed a kinder, gentler time despite the depression and world conflict. People were treated with the respect they deserved.

Eve’s life embodied the free spirit that led her parents to follow the call from Red River Lumber Company to relocate from the San Francisco Bay Area to Westwood, and they spent their first winter in a walled tent on what was to become Ash Street.

Eve’s childhood was spent in Westwood when it was a thriving lumber town. She fondly remembered going to the ‘Big Store’ and talked about Westwood’s steam-heated sidewalks. Eve excelled in school where she especially enjoyed writing — a love that continued throughout her life.

Eve spent her early adult years taking care of the loves of her life, her three sons, Ron, Don and Michael. They loved the outdoors and took full advantage of the great outdoors available around Westwood.

Eve loved the water, and as soon as the ice melted, the family spent many hours at ‘The Lake’ (Almanor). During this time Eve was also very active in Cub Scouts and was the den mother to many troops. Her renowned cooking skills were always on display; she was always cooking for a houseful of neighbor kids as well as her three hungry boys. No one ever left Eve’s table hungry.
She was also never one to shy away from a fight. Eve was a leader in the ‘Westwood Blackout’ against PG&E rates and was instrumental in the fight to stop the logging of the Westwood Cemetery. While small in stature no one wanted to mess with Eve when she got her hackles up.

When the boys grew up a bit, Eve’s love for writing led her to Feather Publishing in the 1970s through the late 1990’s where she first worked for the Chester Progressive, then helped start the Chester Progressive ‘Westwood Edition.’ Later she became the editor of the Westwood Pine Press. Eve moved to Susanville where she helped start the Lassen County Times. She served as the Times’ editor, advertising manager and general manager for many years. She worked tirelessly to make all of these newspapers succeed, and loved her work.

In 1998, Eve was offered a job in Southern California to manage the Palisadian Post, in Pacific Palisades, and with a love for travel and a spirit of adventure she left Lassen County. She loved her years in ‘So-Cal’ taking full advantage of the beaches and lifestyle. But in the mid 2000s her love for her home in Janesville (that she called ‘Wingfield’) drew her back to Lassen County where she again took on a new adventure first becoming a successful real-estate agent, then advertising manager for Mountain Valley Living magazine, a publication she took great pride in.

At a time in life when many people are looking for a rocking chair, Eve’s “the impossible just takes a little longer” attitude and her passion for living each day to the fullest kept her busy working and taking care of Wingfield. She loved her family and was fiercely loyal, stylish and a genuine force of nature. Eve passed away suddenly July 9, 2019 in Reno, Nevada.

She is survived by her three sons, Ronnie Biggs and his wife Cyndie Biggs, of Battleground Washington; Donald Biggs and his wife Louise Biggs of Greenville, California; and Michael Biggs and his wife Dawn Mellon of Talent, Oregon; along with five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews all of whom she loved very much.

Eve’s parents, brother Robert G. “Bud” Brent, sister Betty Brent Abrams, sister Marjorie “Margie” Kirby and brother Roy Gilbert Brent, Jr. preceded her in death.


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3 Responses to Evangeline (Eve) Ruth Brent DeVeir – July 9, 2019

  1. David Vo

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Very very loving and caring person and she will be missed so much 😔😔😔and my condolences to her loving family

  2. Mom-Julie McGinnis Patterson

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Very sad news! I will always admire Eve. Gods blessings be on her family!

  3. Carla Price

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 6:20 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this! Prayers for her family.

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