Deanna Joan Neubauer Edwards was born on July 10, 1941 at Mercy Hospital in Williston, North Dakota to Anna Poeckes and John Neubauer of Zahl, North Dakota. She was baptized and confirmed in Grenora. Deanna attended Zahl and Grenora Schools through the eighth grade. She then attended Williston High School and graduated in the class of 1959.
After high school, she went to work at American State Bank in the bookkeeping department. She took courses at night at the extension center in Williston for banking, which was new at Williston State College. She met and married Allan Edwards of Alamo on June 27, 1964. She worked at American State Bank for over 5 years, then lived in Alamo for about a year, where Allan was working as an Asst. manager at the Farmers Union Elevator. While in Alamo, she worked at Sogard’s grocery store and joined Homemakers while she lived there. Allan then got the job as the manager at the Farmers Union Elevator in Ray, so they moved to Ray in April of 1965 where they lived ever since. During their marriage, they were blessed with three sons, David, Mark and Daryn. Deanna babysat in Ray until all her children were in school. She did bookwork for her husband at home, was a fulltime housewife, she enjoyed her family and all their activities and was also a Band Mother at the school. She loved watching her sons play different sports; track, football, basketball and baseball. She especially enjoyed all the trips she and her husband, Allan, went on over the years. She did some cooking for different “Events”, Deanna belonged to the Jolly ‘16’ Homemakers Club, where she was the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer over the years. After the Jolly ‘16’ discontinued, they formed a craft club, or ‘Fun’ club. She was a member of the Ray Golf course, St. Michael Catholic Church and Altar Society. She also taught Catechism. Deanna also loved bowling, she bowled in Grenora on a couples League, in Williston on open bowling and Tioga on 2 different bowling leagues with ladies from Ray. Another joy was shopping, especially for clothes and getting together with friends and relatives.
As her sons got married, she was blessed with several daughters-in-law, and grandchildren and step-grandchildren, all girls, finally. She cherished and spoiled her family as they were a true blessing to her, and she always put others before herself.
Deanna is survived by her sons; David (Nichole) of Epping, Mark (Michelle) of Bismarck, and Daryn (Dina) of Ray; Grandchildren, Hanna, Bryanne, Brooklyn; sisters, Kathleen Smith; Brother-in-Law, Jim (Paulette) Edwards of Red Wing, MN; and many aunts and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Allan; her parents, John and Anna Neubauer; Sisters, MaryAnn Hillstead Revill and Agnes Monger; Brother, Tom and his wife Grace; Brothers-in-law; John Monger, Orlie Hillstead, Ronald Smith, Joe Revill, Irving Edwards; Allan’s parents, Inga and Arnold Edwards; and many grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.