Deanna Gayle Rea, 65, died March 19, 2008, at her home in Baker City.
Her funeral will at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Baker City. Bishop Ernie Collard will officiate. Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Deanna was born on Feb. 27, 1943, at Baker City to Lloyd and Darelene Downs Rea. She was raised in Baker and was a 1961 Baker High School graduate. After dating Frank Spriet Sr. through high school, the couple eloped to Winnemucca, Nev., on Oct. 23, 1961.
She began her career with the U.S. Forest Service in June 1969. After holding various positions, she retired from the Forest Service after 27 years.
Through the years Deanna and her mother enjoyed traveling to listen to her brother play the blues. She also enjoyed her bus trips to Winnemucca two times a year with her friend, Elcine.
Deanna was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Sherlene; and her good friend, Shirley Dorrah.
Survivors include her son, Frank Spriet Jr.; her daughter, Robin Chesterman, and her husband, Todd; her brother, Lloyd Rea, and his wife, Marydee; grandchildren, Aleigh Chesterman, Megan Chesterman, Heather Spriet, and Jeff Spriet; great-granddaughter, Kya Schock; nieces, Georgene Rea, Marianne Stone and Francine O’Connell, Shannon Love and Julie Love; nephews, Lloyd Rea III, Richard Love and Gary Love; and childhood friends, Zoe Anne Spriet and Elcine Hutton.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who touched the lives of everyone she met, her family members said. She was everyone’s rock and will be greatly missed, they said.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association, Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 21, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor