Virginia Devaney Somers, wife of Steven Somers of Glenmoore, PA, passed away the morning of Friday, November 5, 2021, at the age of 84. She was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Grace Thomas Devaney. Born in Berwyn, Chester County, PA, she was a graduate of Tredyffrin Easttown High School, Pierce Junior College, and Widener University School of Paralegal Studies. Virginia was a retired municipal manager and in 1992 became the first woman supervisor to be elected to East Nantmeal Township.
Virginia was an accomplished equestrienne and developed a real passion for foxhunting. She was a founding member of the Chester County Foxhunters Association in 1975 and served on its Board in many capacities. After retiring from foxhunting she and Steve enjoyed many years of beagling with Ardrossan Beagles where she served as a whipper-in. Virginia was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for 53 years, where she served on the Vestry and Altar Guild and taught Church School. She was a member of the Elverson Garden Club, where she served as Treasurer and President. In later years she became an avid boater and she and Steve took pleasure in many years of boating on the Chesapeake Bay.
Virginia is survived by her husband of 16 years, sister Nancy D. Springborn (Reynolds), brother Richard T. Devaney (Midge), her sister-in-law Dorothy Hunt Devaney, several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews, who are very special to her. She was predeceased by her sister Joan Devaney Macan, brothers Robert W. Devaney and C. William Devaney, and her sister-in-law Jean Barnes Devaney.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7 St Andrews Ln., Glenmoore, PA 19343, or LaMancha Animal Rescue, 855 Doe Run Rd., Coatesville, PA 19320 would be appreciated.