Deana Dalene Reimer

Services for Deana Reimer, 76, Lawrence, will be at 2pm Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Deana left this world peacefully on Sunday, March 5th, 2023.

She was born on October 19, 1946, in Neodesha, KS, the daughter of Arlie Dale Hixon and Bonniemae Hixon. She graduated from Pawnee Rock High School in 1964 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English in 1968 and her Master’s degree in 1983 in school administration from Fort Hays State University.

Deana and Keith were married June 11, 1966, in Pawnee Rock, KS, they settled in Dodge City, KS, in 1968 and later moved to Lawrence, KS, in 2002.

Deana started her work in education in the Cimarron school district teaching English and Spanish to students of all ages. Deana began working in Migrant Education in 1990.

She dedicated her life to helping migrant families and continued until her retirement in 2004. Deana enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.

Deana shared her love for the KC Chiefs and KU Jayhawks with anyone who would listen. She enjoyed spending time on ‘Lucy’ her iPad, sending messages and jokes at all hours of the day and night. Deana never met a stranger and always had a hug and joke to give. She was an inspiration to all that met her, loved being on stage and left everyone with a smile on their face and a “Deana” story.

Deana is survived by her husband Keith; son Tyson (Val) Lawrence; daughter Keena Schmidt (Chet) Lawrence; five grandchildren, Crosby, Rileigh, Ava, Caeson, and Greysen; two brothers, Larry Hixon (Ronda) Pawnee Rock, KS ; Jon Hixon (Karen) Storm Lake, IA; sister-in-law Sally Hixon, Howard CO; many nieces and nephews, and her beloved dog Skeeter.

Deana was preceded in death by her brother Jerry Hixon and parents, Dale and Bonniemae Hixon.

The family suggest memorials be made to the Interstitial Cystitis National Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Adriane Csikos...

Deana, You are truly one of the brightest lights I have every seen and I was so blessed to be touched by your joy. You made such an impact on my life. You showed me love and support without hardly knowing me. I think that shows a small part of the wonderful woman that you are and how you gave so much of your light to others. You made me feel strong, confident, and SILLY! I will love you always and will try harder to treat others in the same way. From your very own “Henrietta.”

From Kayla Deere...

You will always be one of my favorites. ❤️

From Kristin Therrien...

I loved talking about our mutual love of reading whenever Deana visited FL! She was a very special lady.

From Rudy Loewen...

I’m so sorry to hear this. My sincere condolences to Keith and the family.

From Jess Reinert Neckien...

What a great woman/momma. She will be missed. Sending thoughts and prayers xo

From Teri Davenport...

I’m so sorry for your loss, Keena. Sending love and hugs!

From James and Cory hutchinson...

Our deepest sympathy to the Reimer family we wish you peace at this difficult time

From Barbara Williams...

Deana was a force of nature and my favorite teacher. Our trip to Spain was a life changing experience for me. I’m forever grateful she was part of my life. My sympathy. Barbara Hastings Williams

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