Jeanne (Shine) Dever

Long time Boston resident and community activist Jeanne Dever entered into eternal rest on May 27, 2012. She leaves behind her children, (predeceased Deborah Salisbury), Donna Duggin, Denise Monahan and husband Garry, Darlene Dever and grandchildren Elizabeth Duggin, Jessica Duggin, Paul Salisbury, Edward Salisbury, Philip Clark, and Julia Clark. Jeanne was an avid activist for welfare rights, human rights, and legal rights most of her life. She was a member of the Tenants Task Force with the Boston Housing Authority. She had served as Vice President of Greater Boston Legal Services for many years; she was a member of the National Welfare Rights Union and a current board member of Survivors Inc.  Jeanne was the lead plaintiff in the 1983 Federal District Court class action lawsuit against the DTA, Dever V. Spirito, which resulted in a Consent Decree ordering DTA to not terminate food stamps when a household lost cash assistance. It did not result in any legislative act, but a federal court order and food stamp regulation changes that benefitted thousands of Massachusetts food stamp recipients. Jeanne traveled to England with other sisters in the struggle and protested the war by dancing on the deadly missiles. Jeanne was arrested many times while exercising her right to protest by civil disobedience, she believed in breaking a small law in order to expose bigger crimes perpetrated against poor and homeless people in this country. Jeanne always credited her beloved Grandfather for bringing her to visit the State House in Boston at a very young age where she first acquired her fiery spirit for advocating and told her this is your house and you can create change for making and changing laws that affect people’s lives. Jeanne was an excellent cook and loved feeding people, she  made gorgeous floral arrangements and gave them to friends and family at Christmas.  Although she was sick for a long time she was still active and attended and spoke at, The History and Legacy of Welfare Rights in Massachusetts in March 2012. She will be sorely missed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Gregory Church, 2215 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Monday June 4 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited.