Deanna Canfield

Deanna RaNae Canfield

Saturday, March 27th, 1954 - Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
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Deanna Classen Canfield (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 is 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 at 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, Los 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

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Barbara Siebold

Posted at 11:50am
Dear Ken and Family, Tony and I were sad to hear of Dee's passing. I think of the scripture in 2 Corinthians 3... Dee was a letter of recommendation to rejoice & follow Christ - her life is a letter written on our hearts. A letter for everyone to read about Jesus! ~ Showing the result of His Life & ministry to all who knew her and were touched by her godly life. May the God of All Comfort, comfort you. Your tears are in our eyes!!

Ben & Betty Silliman

Posted at 08:05am
A sweet soul who richly blessed family, friends, and strangers in her path, now rejoicing in eternal freedom far beyond all that earthly joys could afford through her freedom in Christ. Thankful for her faithful witness in marriage and parenting, for her constant support and shared labor alongside our dear brother, Ken. Deep sadness is the sign of losing such a sweet and steadfast friend, yet as deep calls to deep and all the waterfalls crash over our heads, we know that He Who is the source of life will cause springs of hope to well up within, as we trust in Him. Love and Peace.--Ben & Betty Silliman

Cathy Martz

Posted at 04:04pm
Ken and family: We were so sorry to read of Dee's passing. We have fond memories of her going way back to high school and Junior high, as well as a few from First Baptist - a couple of Lamplighter campouts! We remember our family visiting you in Manhattan too. Please know that we are praying for God's comfort and peace for your family as you grieve. We would love to attend her memorial service but we will be in Colorado then. Please stop by if you are ever in Wichita - we still live where you visited for our high school reunion. Cathy & Tim Martz

Brenda Schurle

Posted at 08:29pm
Ken and family--We are so very sorry to hear of Dee's passing. We remember fondly your time in Manhattan and at Grace Baptist Church. Dee was such a loving person. We pray that your faith, family, and friends will comfort and sustain you now and in the future. And we know you have so many wonderful memories to treasure always.

Bryan and Brenda Schurle

Joy Duncan

Posted at 05:35pm
Dear Ken, Dan and Toni Potterff ( Toni sterling college roommate 40 years ago) called me to tell me(Joy Haeger Duncan) that Dee is in the loving arms of Jesus. My heart is grieving for your family and you.Praise God your legacy in family and grandchildren.
I’m thankful for the memories at Friends University . You both have been an inspiration to me for 40 years. I look forward to seeing Dee in Heaven one day. Praying Romans’ 8:28 over you all
In His comfort and Peace , Joy Duncan

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