Obituary for Deneva Vassar Riley-Levy

Deneva Vassar Riley-Levy, age 50, of Berryville VA, died Thursday, June 30 at Winchester Medical Center.

Deneva was born May 27, 1961 in Palo Alto CA, the daughter of the late Ivan Harris Riley II and Vassar Star Mitchell. Deneva earned a degree in Horticulture from North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC. Deneva pursued a career in horticulture in North Carolina and in Maryland, until retiring from professional work to raise a family in 1994.

Deneva was Vice President of the Episcopal Church Women of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and founded the Roots and Shoots program at DG Cooley Elementary School. Deneva was an active participant in the community and was well known for her charitable volunteer work in Berryville, as well as her love for her farm, animals, friends and family.

She married Douglas Edwin Levy on May 1, 1994 in Urbana Md. Surviving with her devoted husband is her loving daughter Meredith Taylor Levy of Berryville; her mother of Bethesda Md.; her brother Ivan Harris Riley III of Berryville, a sister-in-law Ellen Kravetz of Essex MD; two nieces Cara Sue Mizansky and Janis Bush of Baltimore MD; a great nephew Aiden Jakob Bush of Baltimore MD; a brother-in-law Dr. Charles Lewis Levy, wife Janey, and nephew Carl Philip Levy of Marietta, Ohio.

A funeral service will be held on Friday July 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM at Grace Episcopal Church in Berryville VA (110 North Church St.) in Berryville VA with Rev.Cannon Dwight L. Brown officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Clarke County Humane Foundation, P.O. Box 713, Berryville, VA 22611.



  1. Brian Whosoever McClemens says:

    You Will Be Missed !!! I know you are with Jesus Now.. I will Miss Seeing you for Now.. May God Bless Your Family !!

  2. Daniel McGarvey says:

    We love you and you and your family will always be in our prayers.
    Sheree, Dan and Sean,

  3. Travis Goodwin says:

    Rest in God’s embrace, Deneva, and may His Peace be with your family in this time. Your joie de vivre is an inspiration to us all.

  4. Jennifer Lee says:

    So sorry to hear this! Deneva was such a delight at HarvFest, sharing her troop of sweet animals and her peaceable nature with everyone. My sympathies to her loved ones.