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Private ceremony held for philanthropist Helen DeVos

October 22, 2017

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017, file photo, Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos, left, waves to fans while watching court side with his wife Helen during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Orlando, Fla. The family of Helen DeVos said the philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children's health, Christian education and the arts has died. She was 90. Her family said she died Wednesday, Oct. 18, of complications from a stroke following a recent diagnosis of myeloid leukemia. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

ADA, Mich. (AP) — A private ceremony has been held for Michigan philanthropist Helen J. DeVos.

Direct-sales company Amway said in a statement that DeVos was buried Saturday in Ada, near Grand Rapids.

DeVos died Wednesday at age 90 of complications from a stroke following a recent diagnosis of myeloid leukemia.

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

Helen DeVos was born in Grand Rapids. She was known for her support of children’s health, Christian education and the arts.

Public services are scheduled Monday and Tuesday in Grand Rapids.

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