Christina R. (Perkins) DeVries

Born: Mon., May 25, 1953
Died: Fri., Oct. 7, 2016


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

7:00 PM Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Christina R. “Teena” DeVries, 63, Oblong, IL, passed away at 3:45 P.M. Friday October 7, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN, after a valiant and courageous battle against cancer.

Teena was born May 25, 1953 in Robinson, IL and was the daughter of Paul Eugene Perkins and Wanda Mae (Miller) Perkins. On May 11, 1991 she married the love of her life and best friend, David H.R. DeVries who survives.

Teena was a member of the Oblong High School Class of 1971 and shortly thereafter, began her family. Teena worked as a cashier at the Oblong Food Center intermittently during this time. Teena later returned to college and graduated from Lincoln Trail College in 1990 with a Nursing Degree, achieving her life-long dream of being a Registered Nurse. Teena waited tables at her parent’s restaurant during this time to help raise her girls and go to college. Teena began her professional career at Ridgeview Care Center in Oblong, IL as a Registered Nurse and then as Director of Nursing. She then worked as a RN on the 6th medical floor and as a Case Manager/Utilization Review Nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN for 11 years. In 2006, Teena achieved her Certification in Case Management. Teena completed the last 8 years of her career as a Utilization Review Nurse at Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson, IL until her health forced her to stop working.

Teena’s passion was her desire to care for people, improve care and ‘to do the right thing’ for her patients. In her free time, Teena enjoyed festivals, shopping, and decorating for the holidays, especially Halloween. Above all else, Teena loved sharing time with her family, especially her grandchildren who became the joys of her life.

Teena is survived by her husband David DeVries, Oblong, IL; three daughters and a son-in-law Jill Sanders, Newton, IL, Mandy and Jason Littlejohn, Oblong, IL and Christen Sanders, Oblong, IL; six grandchildren Levi Steinman, Jadon Littlejohn, Kalin Littlejohn, Lakin Littlejohn, Abrianna Mae Foster and Harper Reynolds, and several others who touched her heart and often called her ‘Grandma’; brother and sister-in-law Mike and Jeanne Perkins, Michigan City, IN; sister Penny Craig, Flat Rock, IL; niece and nephew Jamie and Chris Ochs, Willow Hill, IL; grand-niece Peighton Arnone and grand-nephew Xander Ochs and sister-in-law Heather Talley, Birds, IL.

Preceding Teena in death were her parents; a son-in-law Carlin Steinman; mother-in-law Jill DeVries and brother-in-law Jon Talley.

A Celebration of Teena’s Life will be at 7:00 P.M. Friday October 14, 2016 at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL  with Bro. Phil Boyd officiating. A private family interment in Oblong Cemetery will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Friday October 14, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL.

The family request that in lieu of flowers an expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Oblong Head Start, Oblong, IL or Good Samaritan Hospice, Vincennes, IN with envelopes at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O.Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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Lisa Paddock
   Posted Tue October 11, 2016
Jill, Mandy & Christen you all are in my thoughts and prayers. What you have all been through in the past few months shows that you have your momma's strength and compassion. I remember when I was little, being at grandma and grandpas house, she had a new video camera and we all made funny videos. She was a good lady and I always considered her my aunt.

John&Susie Farley
   Posted Tue October 11, 2016
Susie & I were sad to hear the news of Tina.
Lot of great memories, while growing up in
"The Only Oblong" as kids. There never was a
dull moment. Take Care

John & Susie Farley
Mahomet, Illinois

Shelley Stephenson
   Posted Tue October 11, 2016
Teena will be missed more than I can say. David, her kids, and her grandkids were her life and her joy. Hold the memories close and know that others are doing the same.


Tammy Harbison
   Posted Tue October 11, 2016
Teena will greatly be missed.Enjoyed the years I had the pleasure of working with her at GSH.Holding her family in thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,may you find strength

Sarah Daugherty
   Posted Tue October 11, 2016
Teena and I worked together at CMH, and I considered her a good friend; I will miss her. David, your family is in my thoughts.


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