Iris Dean Deurmyer (Davis), age 71, passed from this life on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Iris was born in Edmond on April 13, 1948, to Gladys Davis. She grew up on the Christener Family Homestead Farm near Cashion, OK. She attended twelve years at Cashion school, was a member of the Cashion Methodist Church, and attended four years at the University of Central Oklahoma majoring in Special Education. After marriage and her first son, she moved to Oregon, having a second son, David Deurmyer, that died as an infant. She had her third son, Jeremy, and then returned to her family who were living in Mangum, Oklahoma in 1989.
Throughout her life she filled many roles in her community. She was “Miss D” as a substitute teacher, at Teen Town, and at with the Methodist Youth. She served many people in their homes, providing comfort and end of life care. She traveled across Oklahoma, other states, and to international destinations and people groups to show Jesus to others. She was also a published author, enjoyed writing short stories, poems, and children’s ministry works.
For over ten years, Iris has been the Pastor of Mt. Zion Pentecostal Holiness Church near Hinton, OK. As part of her ministry there, she set up the RE-store Thrift Store to meet clothing and houseware needs of the community and generate funds given in the name of Jesus. She worked to preserve the Hinton Food Bank, and established the Prayer House in Weatherford, OK, across from the SWOSU.
Her earthly life has been filled with love, prayer, and rejoicing. She was a faithful reader and follower of the Bible. She loved God, family, and other people. She enjoyed wildlife, especially birds, her flowers, and time outdoors. She exhibited her love of Jesus everyday with her caring and selfless ways. She strove to have Jesus shine through her.
Iris was preceded in death by her Mother, Gladys; brother, Darrell “Bub;” sister, Frances; and infant son, David. She is survived by son, Chris, his wife, Alice, and granddaughters, Katie and Ella; her son, Jeremy, his wife, Morgan, and grandchild, baby Deurmyer, whom she just learned about; sister, Roberta Williams, her husband, Richard, that she considered a brother; other close family, Brian and Shari Kloos, their kids, Erin and Jerry Teddy; Ben MacKenzie and Logan Kloos with son, Cooper; and Casen Kloos; Brian and Michelle Williams, their daughter, Piper; and Danny Dean, considered a son, his wife, Denise, their daughters and grandson; and Iris’ large extended network of friends and loved ones.
Public visitation will be held Wednesday, July 3rd from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2019 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Christner Cemetery in Edmond, OK.