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Dee Classen (Canfield)

Dee Classen (Canfield)

954 - 2019 Canfield, Deanna Classen "Dee" 65, passed away on August 3rd. Dee was born March 27th, 1954, and was the fifth of six children born to Li

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08/09/19 05:05 PM #1    

Brad Nassif

Dear Ken: It's been too many years since we last connected, so I am sorry this was the occassion that made communication possible.  Please accept my sincere condolences.  I know you loved her dearly! Brad

08/10/19 01:02 PM #2    

Rhonda Gable (Simon)

Dee was one of my best friends.  I am so sorry to hear of her passing.  My heart goes out to her family.  May she rest in peace.  I'll always remember her fondly and think of all the good times we had.  I loved her dearly.

08/10/19 01:54 PM #3    

David Smith

Dee and I grew up on the same street in Riverside. I will forever remember her as a kind, outgoing, and happy person and can clearly see her contagious smile in my mind as I write this. As one of many many people who had the food fortune to experience being around her in earlier times, I am saddened to hear of her passing and offer my condolences to her family. 

08/10/19 05:45 PM #4    

Glenn Reeves

Canfield, Deanna Classen "Dee" 65, passed away on August 3rd. Dee was born March 27th, 1954, and was the fifth of six children born to Linda Wiens Classen and Isaac Classen. She was preceded in death by her parents and three of her siblings. As a child, Dee brought joy and happiness to her family. At an early age she committed her life to her Lord, a decision which would influence her life, education, work, whom she would marry and the family she would raise. After completing public education in Wichita, KS, Dee attended Moody Bible Institute and Oak Hills Bible School. Dee went on to be the first in her family to earn a college degree, which she received from Friends University in Wichita. She volunteered at World Impact and was a full-time staff member of Youth for Christ, working with Junior High Clubs. In the fall of 1975, she met Ken Canfield, whom she married on May 28th, 1976. Together they would raise five children, and upon her passing they were blessed to have twelve grandchildren. Dee was known for her kindness, her organization skills, and her love for music and worship. She was a naturally gifted counselor and furthered her education by completing an M.A. in counseling later in life. Dee was very supportive of her husband's work, which led to them living in Vancouver, BC, Manhattan, KS, Kansas City, Angeles and finally in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dee enjoyed travel, helping families establish strong marriages and being engaged in Bible studies. Her love for the Bible - particularly the books of James and Proverbs, and her life verse, Romans 8:28 - provided strong reference points for living. Dee was always involved in a local church and had rich fellowship with others. Dee is survived by Ken, her husband of 43 years, and the joys of her life, her children: Hannah Mabie, Sarah Heimer, Joel Canfield, Micah Canfield and Rachel Miller, along with her three sons-in-law, Ted Mabie, Justin Heimer, Adam Miller, and daughter-in-law Brigitta Canfield. She found great delight and satisfaction in being Nana to: Noah, Blythe, Grace, Pierce, Rose, Tenley, Flora, Saylor, Urban, Andrews, Ridley, and Royal! Funeral services for Dee will be at Colonial Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, KS, August 17th at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers and to honor Dee, the family has established a memorial at Veronica's Voice (a ministry to young women who have been trapped in sex trafficking). Send gifts in her honor to Veronica's Voice, P.O Box 172472, Kansas City, KS 66117, or give on line at Online condolences
Published in The Wichita Eagle on Aug. 8, 2019

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