Devera Rotman Victor, 97, of Springfield, IL died Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at her home. She was born December 31, 1908 in Worden, IL the daughter of Joseph and Anna Sideman Rotman. She married Benjamin B. Victor July 26, 1931; he passed away in 1988. She was also preceded in death by son, Michael Victor II who died in 1960.
Mrs. Victor was a member of Temple B'rith Sholom where she was active in all temple activities. She had served on the National Board of Temple Sisterhoods. She was a member of the Sangamo Club, Springfield Garden Club and Illinois Symphony Guild. In 1968 she served as Downstate Chairman of the Illinois Sesquicentennial Celebration. She served for many years on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield.
Her ongoing contributions have been: creator and continuing benefactor of the Michael Victor II Art Library at the Springfield Art Association, a Library of over 5,000 volumes. She was organizer and board member of the Old Capitol Art Fair, a board member of the Springfield Art Association, a board member of the Illinois State Museum, a member of the original Illinois Executive Mansion Board and selector of fine art for the Art Fair Collection.
These contributions are however surpassed by the quiet encouragement and inspiration that she has brought to many budding artists, artisans and art collectors.
She is survived by her son, Joseph R. Victor of Springfield; a sister, Ruth (husband, Abe) Silverman of St. Louis; four grandchildren, Ann Michele Victor of Los Angeles, Ca; Julie Dee Victor of Napa, CA; Lauren Chanel Victor of Dallas, TX and Joseph Winston (JW) Victor of New York, NY; 6 nieces and nephews; 16 great nieces and nephews and former daughters in law, Roanna Partlow Victor of Springfield, IL (formerly of Casey, IL) and Diana Levick Mallet of Los Angeles, CA.
Friends may call Friday, December 22, 2006 at Temple B'rith Shalom, Springfield, IL from 9:00 am until the time of services there at noon with Rabbi Michael Datz officiating. Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael Victor II Art Library at the Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, IL 62702.
Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel, Springfield, IL is in charge of arrangements. Please visit the on-line obituary at www.boardman-smith.net or www.markwellfuneralhome.com.