In memory of
Katheryn Loujean Deering (Jean), 96, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Jean was born to Hattie and Kelcy Chisler on December 2, 1924 in Fairview, West Virginia and grew up in Daybrook, WV. She grew up during the Great Depression and graduated from Reed City High School in Reed City, Michigan in 1942. On November 16, 1946, she married Casimer (Charlie) Deering of Custer, Michigan. Jean and Charlie met in Reed City, Michigan, where Jean was working as a waitress. Jean and Charlie’s daughters Sue and Jan were born in 1947 and 1950, respectively, in Flint, Michigan. Charlie worked at a V8 engine plant in Flint, and Jean was a homemaker. The family moved to Fenton, Michigan in 1956. Jean and Charlie enjoyed several trips together, including vacations to Canada, Hawaii, and Colorado. After living in Michigan for much of their lives, they eventually settled in Athens, Texas in the early ‘80s after Charlie retired. After Charlie’s death in 1982, Jean continued to live a full life. She moved to Tyler, Texas, in 1984, where she lived for 18 years. There, she became active at First Baptist Church of Tyler, singing in the choir and taking trips to Branson and other destinations. Jean had a special heart for the elderly and often visited shut-ins or wrote encouraging notes to those who could not attend church services. She also volunteered in the gift shop at Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler. In 2002, Jean moved to Arizona to be closer to her daughter Jan and son-in-law Rick. She spent several years in Lake Havasu City before moving to Tucson. During the hot Arizona summers, Jean joined Jan and Rick at their cabin in Wyoming, where she enjoyed watching moose, deer, and other wildlife. Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, her parents Hattie and Kelcy Chisler, and her brother Frank Chisler. Jean is survived by her daughter Sue and her husband Anson Goodier of Parker, Colorado; her daughter Jan and her husband Rick Thomas of Oro Valley, Arizona; grandchildren, Dana Goodier of Lone Tree, Colorado, Amy Wrenn of Denver, Colorado, and Lindsay Morris of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; five great-grandchildren; her brother, Ben Chisler and his wife, Myrtle Chisler of Kilgore, Texas, as well as several other dearly loved family members and friends. A memorial service will be held at Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit in Tyler, Texas at a later date. She will be buried next to her husband, Charlie Deering, in Athens, Texas.
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