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January 17, 2013 9:04 am

Deanna Ruth Walker

(May 5, 1962 - Jan. 11, 2013)

Deanna Ruth Walker died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at the age of 50, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Deanna was born May 5, 1962 in Great Falls, Mont., to Bud and Nita Bronkema. She moved to Lovell with her family in 1963 when her dad took a job at the Radar Site. She graduated from Lovell High School in 1980 and attended two years of college. She married Steve Green and they had two sons, Stephen Casey in 1982 and Thomas Jeffrey in 1984. They later divorced.

She worked for a number of years at State Farm Insurance and the last 18 years for Bentonite Performance Minerals. She loved her job and was a dedicated employee.

Deanna married Kevin Walker, her best friend and companion, on Oct. 24, 1998.

Her son T.J. married Tawni Hubbell and they had three beautiful children, Chelsi Taylor, Kade Thomas and Trevin Matthew. They have been the joys of Kevin and Deanna’s lives.

T.J. went to mechanic school in Sheridan and now works at Bentonite Performance Minerals in Lovell. Tawni was the daughter Deanna always wished for.

Casey graduated with an associate’s degree in Powell. He then joined the National Guard. Between two stints to Iraq, he was able to finish his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is now a CPA and works for MTP&C in Laramie. She was so proud of both of her boys and loved them dearly.

She was preceded in death by grandparents John and Martha Bronkema and Simeon and Minnie Williams; mother Nita Bronkema in 1987, and father Bud Bronkema in 2011.

Deanna is survived by her beloved husband of 14 years, Kevin, her rock and better half; precious children, Casey, Thomas and Tawni Green; beautiful grandchildren, Kade, Chelsi and Trevin; father-in-law and mother-in-law Dale and Carol Walker; sister Gwen and her family, Greg, Stacy, Christy, Wade and Miles; brothers-in-law Russ Walker, and Chad Lindsay and family: Lindsay, C.J., Quinn, Carissa and Celeste; sister-in law Stephanie Montanez and family: Angel, Celecia, Michael, A.J. and Sierra; “bonus mom” Phyllis Bronkema, her dad’s wife and wonderful companion for almost 15 years; mother-in-law Judy Green; and brother and sister-in-law Brian and Susie Green and their family, Kayla, Stephanie and Beau; aunts Norma Schanck, who opened her house and heart to Deanna through her treatment, and Sally and Don Martinus; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Memorial donations in Deanna’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Lovell Senior Center or the Lovell Library.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lovell. Burial was in the Lovell Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.haskellfuneralhome.com.

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