Ella (Klassen) Deines peacefully entered the eternal light of God’s presence on Jan. 30, just 13 days short of her 100th birthday.
Ella was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Goessel, Kansas, to Jacob G. and Katharina (Woelk) Klassen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, older brother Walter Klassen, and husband William Christian Deines.
Surviving are sons William Evan (Sharolyn Dolton) of Wichita, and Edward Allen (Wendy Boldt) of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; and their daughters Madison (Evan and Sharolyn) and Emily (Ed and Wendy); younger sister Esther Mae Thieszen (Harold) of Newton, Kansas; and informally adopted daughter Linda Loewen (Allyn) of Wichita.
Ella leaves us with a rich legacy, wonderful memories, and an inspiration to live a life of putting others first, seeking knowledge (her lifelong motto was “I want to know!”), living simply (she loved the words to “Simple Gifts”), and having a can-do attitude, all of which she displayed until the very end.
A private graveside service will be held for family members. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in Ella’s name to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325.