AUSTIN – Mary Alice Capotosto Graham VanDeventer, 96, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Austin.
Mrs. VanDeventer was born in Somerville, Mass., to Italian immigrant parents, Ralph and Anna Capotosto on Jan. 25, 1922. After graduating high school she became a charter member of the WAVES serving in Norfolk, Va., as chief storekeeper from 1943 to 1946.
She married Robert A. Graham in Mission, on July 14, 1949, and was widowed in 1958. She worked for Conway, Dooley and Martin Insurance Agency as a bookkeeper and later worked for the Mission Independent School District. On Jan. 22, 1972, she married Arthur Bernard VanDeventer, who passed away in 2015, and she later moved to Austin.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission and sang in the choir.
Survivors include her children, Patricia Craig, Terry Hightower, Lyn Clark, MaryKay Broughton and Mark VanDeventer; sibling, Frances Ewing; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Reddington.
A funeral mass was held on July 14 at St. Paul’s.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Heart Association, Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of one’s choice.