Deanene Brooks Greer, 71, Luverne, died peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at her home.
In accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health and CDC guidelines, a private family service will be held Friday, May 22, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Living Rock Church in Luverne.
Deanene Brooks Greer was born on Jan. 20, 1949, to Walker and Florence (Moser) Greer in Techikawa, Japan. Her father served in the U.S. military at the time so the family moved often. Deanene enjoyed living abroad, including a short time in England and time spent in Paris. They later moved to Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, where Deanene graduated from Douglas High School in 1967.
Deanene met Tracy Birdsey her senior year, and the couple eloped a short time later. On Sept. 16, 1967, they celebrated their marriage at the Baptist Church in Luverne. They then moved to Mankato where they furthered their education. They were blessed with three children, Ben, Brook and Matt. In the early 1980s they moved to the Houston, Texas, area to be closer to Deanene’s father and then to San Antonio. The couple later divorced.
Deanene worked as a bank teller in the early years and later as an interior decorator. She took a job at Northern Hills Country Club as the membership secretary, and then at the Marriott Hotel, working as an events coordinator for many years. She then worked for American Airlines, referring to it as her retirement job, which she loved. She retired as a Senior Stewardess in 2014.
In 2018 she returned to Luverne to be closer to her daughter, Brook.
Deanene was a member of Living Rock Church. She enjoyed participating in Bible study. She was very proud of her family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Deanene is survived by three children, Benjamin Birdsey of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Brook (Kevin) Barnhart of Luverne, and Matthew Birdsey from “on the road USA”; grandchildren Megan Westrum and Kameron Keene; two siblings, Shara (Jon) Billheimer of Greeley, Colorado, and David (Kim) Greer of Pipe Creek, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her former husband, Tracy Birdsey on Nov. 7, 2019.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.