Maureen Marie Devereaux of Falmouth, a former paramedic, died at home on June 6 after a battle with substance use. She was 57.
The daughter of Maureen (Davis) Devereaux and the late Francis Devereaux, she was born in Boston and raised in South Weymouth, where she attended school, graduating in 1979.
She used her desire to help others by becoming a paramedic. She worked in Braintree, Boston, and Weymouth, and, as a part of the Bay State Ambulance team, was admired by her colleagues. After many years, Ms. Devereaux made the decision to end her career in the hope of healing from the physical and emotional effects of the work.
She participated in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups on the Cape, and helped to counsel and mentor others who were struggling in their recovery.
The experience inspired Ms. Devereaux to return to school, so she furthered her education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work; Bridgewater State University awarded her undergraduate degree May 14, 2016, an achievement of which she was particularly proud.
Try as she might, she was unable to overcome the insidious power of addiction.
In addition to her mother, she leaves her siblings, Ann Devereaux of Hyannis, Frank Devereaux of Middleborough, Robert Devereaux of South Weymouth, Michael Devereaux of Falmouth, and Charlene Kenney of Bourne; five nieces; a nephew; and other family.
Visiting hours will be Friday, June 14, from 4 to 8 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 15, at 10 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, 841 Shore Road in Pocasset.
Burial will be private.