Vice Chair Diane DeVusser recognized for being among community’s ‘most caring people’

Volunteer

Ducky McComas and Diane DeVusser met while Mall walking at 7 a.m. each morning. After finishing the walk, and before Hurricane Florence, several of the ladies met at Chick-Fil-A in the Mall to visit and talk about the coming day. DeVusser would talk about all the activities and events in Onslow County she was involved in that day as a volunteer. There was a long list: the Chamber of Commerce, Christmas parade, Onslow Community Outreach board, the Soup Kitchen, Christmas Cheer, Caring Community Clinic, OktoberFest, the Women’s Center.

Feeling her friend deserved some recognition for her many years of service to the community, McComas nominated DeVusser as a Lightkeeper, through United Way’s Golden Rule awards and Lightkeepers program that “recognizes and celebrates unsung heroes of Onslow’s caring community.”.

“Diana has been actively volunteering for the people of Jacksonville and Onslow County for decades,” McComas wrote in her nomination. “She is one of those behind the scenes workhorses who does all she can to help but no one ever talks about. This wonderful lady has earned her place as one of Jacksonville and Onslow County’s most caring people.”

Jackson admits that she and DeVusser have different political views but, “when she does so much to help the community, that doesn’t matter.”

Mary Jane Jackson has known DeVusser longer than McComas. The two worked at Christmas Cheer together. Jackson took applications for about 10 years. DeVusser would bring them lunch. DeVusser worked in the kitchen at Christmas Cheer feeding the volunteers and she was always out soliciting donations for not only Onslow Community Outreach but several nonprofits and people in need. DeVusser also makes donations from her own bank account, Jackson said.

DeVusser plans the line up for the Chamber Christmas parade and was at College Park in December seeing that all the floats got off in order, Jackson said.

DeVusser chaired OktoberFest for years and now serves as honorary chair.

“She (DeVusser) is an unsung hero, that’s her,” Jackson said. “She does things and people don’t even know she is doing it. She does a lot.”

DeVusser is getting older, Jackson said, and she encourages her to slow down.

“She just goes to the next thing and keeps going,” Jackson said. “She knows practically everyone in town.”

Jackson admits that she and DeVusser have different political views but, “when she does so much to help the community, that doesn’t matter.”