Deanna Louise McWilliams

Deanna Louise McWilliams, 82, passed away on July 1, 2020 at her home in Lawrence, KS and finally reunited with her one true love and husband of 45 years, Terry E. McWilliams. She was preceded in death by her parents, Troy Workman and Madeline Sheffer Workman, and her brother, Mick Workman. She is survived by her sister, Marilene Alford of Lawrence, KS and her sister-in-law Mary Ann Suppes and her husband, Larry, both of Shawnee, KS.

Deanna was a devoted Mother to her four children: Troy McWilliams (Roy, UT); Teri Ann McWilliams-Williams and her husband, Lance (Lawson, MO); Shannon McWilliams (Tonganoxie, KS); and Matthew McWilliams and his wife, Jennifer (Basehor, KS). She loved and adored her beautiful and smart grandchildren: Corey McWilliams, Levon Buschhorn, Logan McWilliams, Laila McWilliams, Kaiden McWilliams, Sadie McWilliams, her bonus grandchildren – Mya, Taelor, and Maxwell Williams; and her bonus great grandchild, Oliver. She was a loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Deanna was a Kansas Jayhawks, Chiefs, and Royals fan! Throughout her life, she loved watching her children and grandchildren play many sports. She loved her family so much and enjoyed all the time she could spend with them.

Deanna will be greatly missed, but anyone who knew her would tell you she is finally at peace with her husband, Terry. Her wishes are for everyone to keep their memories close to their hearts and embrace them every day. She did not wish for any funeral service or celebration of her life. She did not want any tears, but sincerely wanted everyone to continue being the close family and network of friends she loved – and to love one another.

As there are no services or celebrations planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in honor of “Terry and Deanna McWilliams (Lawrence, KS)” to Children’s Mercy – Kansas City www.childrensmercy.org/ways-to-give.

Messages & Condolences

From Lisa Herschell...

It makes us sad to have Dee not here with us. My heart is a little lighter just knowing she is with Terry. When she called me to tell me about her illness that was the first thing she talked about. Seeing him again. I did her hair for so many years. I will miss our talks, many laughs but most of all the stories we could share about our family’s. She loved you all so much. There was a light in her eyes when she told me about you all. She loved spending time with all of you and her sister. They were together getting pedicures and enjoying outings. My heart hurts knowing she wont come in the door bringing me cheese crackers for a snack while I did her hair. I am praying for you all and I am smiling just thinking about the happy reunion that took place in heaven.

From Darlene Musick...

I am so sorry for the loss of my cousin Deanna. We had so much fun when we were young. We laughed all the time, especially when her dad Uncle Troy would say things to make us laugh. We did not keep in touch in the later years, but always sent each other birthday cards. She was 2 weeks older than me.
With much love,

From Linda Marshall...

Matt and family,
We were so sorry to hear your Mom had passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Linda Marshall

From Jennifer Kennedy...

Dear McWilliams family, We are so sad to hear about Dea. Such a good friend for many years. She will be sadly missed. So many great memories with her. So sorry for your loss. She is now at peace with the love of her life, Terry❤

Sincerely,
Jennifer and Larry Kennedy

From Greg and Gina Gardner...

Greg and I are so sorry for your loss of a beautiful soul. We loved getting to know Deanna and we are so sad to have to say goodbye. Sending you all strength and support. ❤️

From Christine Northrup...

Matt and family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Moms are special people. We wish you peace and comfort in the many memories of you share.

With love,

The Northrups

From Becky Grom...

Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire family. So sorry for your loss. Deanna was a wonderful lady.

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