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Alumna Deven Aisha Rhett, '05, passes on after long battle with cancer

Gallaudet University has received, with sadness, the news of the passing on of Deven Aisha Rhett, '05, on August 24, 2017, at the age of 38. Rhett passed on at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California, after a long battle with cancer.

Rhett was born October 5, 1978 in Concord, Massachusetts, early in her young life she survived spinal meningitis, causing her hearing loss. However, this never stopped this young woman from beating the odds in life’s journey where many take for granted. Deven became a spokesperson for Gallaudet University in Washington, D. C. where she graduated Cum Laude. Deven received dual Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Applied Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. She was the only African-American female in her graduating class, Magna Cum Laude. Deven was a go-getter; never letting the word “can’t” become part of her livelihood. She travelled across the United States of America and ventured overseas. After graduating from Gallaudet she was recruited as one of the middle school math teachers and remained until she became employed by the Department of Defense where she worked the remaining time of her life.

While in college at the University of Colorado Springs, she found her partner Matthew D. Creech and married in Colorado Springs, Colorado – their unity created her pride and joy, Kimane Gerron Creech, her only surviving son. Years later they divorced. Deven is survived by her parents Arthur and Sheila Lee Rhett; Brother: Jacob Alexander Rhett; Grandmother: Mary L. Page-Artis; Uncle: Roger Rhett; Aunts: Virginia Lee Page, Marie Britt, Veronica Page-Leurentop, Geraldine Miller, Patrick Stark and Survoizse Herving. A host of Grand Uncles, Grand Aunts, first and second cousins.

Deven loved life. She would venture into start-ups before the word became a millennial hobby. One of her inventions was a “nail-polish” brush on where she was waiting for a patent. She started pursuing photography, photographing nature and moments in time. She was hoping to have her first exhibition. Deven’s most successful gift to society is her son, KimaneGerron Creech, whom she loved unconditionally.

Services will be held on September 5, 2017, at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgley Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. She will be laid to rest in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

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