OBITUARY

Mrs. Deanna C. LaFevers

March 11, 1943February 4, 2019
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Deanna Carole Daniel LaFevers, 75, of Bryant, died Monday February, 4, 2019. Born March 11, 1943 in Bauxite, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Wallace Robert McDorman and Mary Frances Caple McDorman. Deanna’s dad was serving our country in the South Pacific during World War II and didn’t see his daughter until she was two years old. Her mother referred to Deanna as her little war baby. Deanna graduated from Mabelvale High School in 1961 where she was a cheerleader and homecoming court maid of honor. She was a lifetime member of Primrose United Methodist Church.

Most of her life, Deanna was a loving wife and mother, but did earn her real estate broker’s license and had a brief career selling real estate. A people person, Deanna genuinely loved people and was loved in return. She truly was one who never met a stranger and would strike up personal conversations with people like the person in line with her at the post office. She loved traveling, flowers, home decorating, and shopping, but most of all she loved her family and surprising people who didn’t expect it with a comment to make them smile and giving them small gifts on holidays and sometime just to make their day.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Reggie, uncles Everett (Doc) Caple, and Harold , John Henry, Fred and Dorman McDorman; aunts, Melba Beaty, Alice Varnell , and Jean Baxley; and nephew, Chris Claypool.

She is survived by husband, David S. “Dave” LaFevers her children, John Scott Daniel (Stacey), Wayne Bradley Daniel (Amber), Leigh Andra Schmidt (Lance), step-son, Bryan LaFevers; brother, John W. McDorman (Linda); sisters, Karen Wilkins (Larry), Beth Sanchez (Johnny) and June Claypool (Allen); first husband, John Wayne Daniel (Linda); aunt, Mary Brincefield (Clyde); uncle Joel Caple (Betty); grandchildren, Danielle, Olivia, Anna, Brenden, Jennifer, Zachary and Gavin, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends whom she loved dearly.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2019 at Primrose United Methodist Church, 3008 W. Dixon Road, Little Rock, AR 72206 with Rev. Chase Green officiating. Interment will follow in Primrose Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7. 2019at Pinecrest Funeral Home, 7401 Hwy. 5 North, Alexander, AR 72002. Memorials may be made to Primrose United Methodist Church or one’s favorite charity.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019
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Mrs. Deanna C. LaFevers

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Angelia Van Vranken

February 21, 2019

Sweet Deanna. I think as long as I live I will be able to conjure up that slow, Southern drawl. Back in the early days of Brad's career, I would answer the phone at the office. "Is Braaaddd there?" she would ask. If he was out of the office, I knew that for the next 30 or more minutes Deanna would chat with me. She would tell me about her wonderful children, her latest adventures, and at some point the real reason for her call. "Now, Angelia", she would say, "How is my Brad?" And we would launch into a verbal game of hide and seek...she would be 'seeking' the juiciest stories and I would be 'hiding' the details! In all seriousness, Deanna was first and foremost a wife and mother and she gave her heart and soul to that endeavor. She could read a room like nobody's business, and in 5 minutes tell me who could be trusted and who I should watch. Deanna was the epitome of a Steel Magnolia, and quite the character. She brought so much fun to every party we attended together, and I know her passing will leave a hole in the lives of her husband and family that cannot be healed, only accepted. Blessings to you all.

Dave LaFevers

February 20, 2019

Back in July, I started running errands that she normally did, everywhere I went, people told me what a sweet heart she was and how much they thought of her. I told Deanna all these people were asking about her; she knew all about them. I asked her how she made such a great impression on people, she said "I like to look the person that's waiting on me at the drive through at McDonalds or anyplace and say something like "did anyone ever tell you what pretty eyes, or hair or smile you have?" I can always see their face light up. On a personal level, Deanna was a wife who considered it her responsibility to do things that a lot of wives don't do for their husband. For example she got up every morning and ironed the shirt she wanted me to wear and re-pressed my suit coat and pants if they needed it. Each evening she laid out my socks, undershirt, underwear, and tie. Every morning until the Sunday before she died on Monday, she brought a cup of hot coffee to me while I was in the shower. The only reason she didn't the day before she died is that the coffee filter got sideways and coffee grounds got underneath it a stopped the hole up so the water couldn't drain into the pot ... Was I spoiled or what?! On a more serious note, Deanna was amazing in having a profound will to live. She might get down for a brief time, but she always quickly rebounded. She didn't fear death, but she wasn't going to give in to it. Death had to take her, she wasn't giving up, ever, and she maintained an optimistic, hopeful attitude until the very end ... or rather the very beginning of her real life. She had a saying we heard her say "Take the best and leave the rest" It's tempting to think God took the best when he took Deanna and left us, the rest, but, no, Deanna would want us to know we are all...The Best. We'll all miss her, but are grateful for the time we had with her, and look forward to meeting her again in Heaven.
Deanna I will always love you, Your Dave

Olivia Zinn

February 8, 2019

David and Family,

I am so saddened to learn of your loss and my love and prayers are with you. I am so happy I got to meet Deanna and get acquainted if only for a brief time. May your faith give you strength at this painful time and give you reassurance that you will be together again the arms of our Lord.
You remain in my heart and prayers and I am as close as the telephone.
I love you so very much,
Olivia

Kay Riddle Porter

February 7, 2019

Deanna was such a sweet, kind,outgoing ,committed , wholehearted school spirited cheerleader and loved representing "The Mabelvale High School Lions" Go Red and White! We had a lot of fun at a time and place that will never be again! `The innocence and safety of Mabelvale. She always had a smile and always something to say, she loved to talk and was a friend's friend! She was chosen as Homecoming Court and FFA Sweetheart ..I don't think anyone didn't like her. RIP old friend. You were a precious soul! She was always at the all school year reunions and we teased about having our "OLD Cheerleader Pictures. FF Kay Riddle Porter

John David McDorman

February 7, 2019

Thankful for the short time we spent together a few months ago. Deanna was the oldest of my aunts and the prettiest (no offense to my other aunts). She asked me to get her a 7 layer burrito from Taco Bell. She cut both ends off of the burrito and found The guacamole. She said “This is the good stuff”. We talked of my kids, cousins, aunts, her kids. Seems as though we talked of all our family both alive and deceased. Time went fast during our visit. She knew her fate and that her time was short. I’m grateful that she allowed me to spend a little time with her before leaving the planet. We also had a very nice Christmas together with lots of family members present. Condolences to all of our family!

Glen & Mary Burks

February 7, 2019

Johnny and Linda:
We are so sorry about the death of your sister.. Love and prayers to you and your family.

Diane Rienstra

February 7, 2019

My memories are of the too few times I have been with Deanna. She would focus into me and almost read my mind and say something so appropriate it was a "surprise"! The world is NOT better off without her although she will be going to a better place without the long struggle she has endured. My love to her very supportive family. And may God bless you and be with you at this time of transition.

cynthia duvall

February 6, 2019

You are my beautiful friend every week for the past 4 years I have spent 1 to 2 days a week with you we laughed talked cried and you even got me hooked on your soap operas no matter what we were doing at 1230 we stopped sat down and ate nd watched tv my last day with you was Sunday I would not trade that for snythin g in this world you were so sick that day I was so worried for you but I will cherish that day forever I love you I do.not know what I am supposed to do without you will miss you forever I will remember the things you taught me ill always remember your smile and I will cherish every memory I have of you now you can sleep my friend now you are longer sick goodbye Deanna my beautiful friend

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Deanna is top row, 5th from left