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Helen DeVos dies at 90; philanthropist, political donor and mother-in-law of U.S. Education secretary

Helen DeVos dies at 90; philanthropist, political donor and mother-in-law of U.S. Education secretary

Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist known for her support of children's health initiatives, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90, her family said Thursday.

DeVos died Wednesday of complications from a stroke following a recent diagnosis of myeloid leukemia, her family said.

She was the wife of Rich DeVos, who co-founded direct-sales company Amway and owns the Orlando Magic, and was the mother-in-law of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

"We will never forget her unfailing love, strength and devotion that were truly the heart of our family," her family said in a statement.

Helen DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., where a children's...

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