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Linda Louise Deener
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Linda Louise "Lin" Deener, 60 of Arkansas City died Saturday, October 17, 2009 at her residence after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City. The Reverend Russell Fincham will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2009 at the funeral home.

Lin was born October 21, 1948 to Lloyd Holmes and Dorothy (Weckerly) Holmes in Monroe, WI. She graduated from Monroe High School and continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lin received her Bachelor of Science in education and library media. She earned her Masters of Education from Wichita State University with a specialty in reading.

On June 8, 1969 she married Danny Dale Deener in Monroe, WI and the couple made their home in Eau Claire, Stevens Point and Milwaukee, WI. The couple moved to Arkansas City in 1976. Lin taught elementary school in Foster, WI first and second grade. She taught fourth grade in Rib Mountain and also was a library media specialist in West Allis, WI. In 1976, she began work for USD No. 470 as a home bound teacher, Title I and in 1980 a library media specialist at Sleeth, C-4, Lincoln, IXL, Pershing, Frances Willard and Adams Elementary.

Lin was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City and various church committees, Prairie Fest, Denton Art Center Board, Junior Service League, Modern Mothers Club, Kansas Association of Librarians, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.E.O. chapter GH, Heartland Arts Committee of Cowley College, CASA, Leadership Cowley County, Walnut Valley Festival, 4-H project leader, bridge club since 1976 and the church choir.

Her hobbies included, reading, gardening, water painting, stained glass, cross-stitch, needle point, sewing, golf, canoeing, travel, home decorating and organizing!

She is survived by her husband, Dan Deener of the home; son, Brent Deener and his wife, Kathy of Wheaton, IL; son, Bradley Deener and his wife, Julie of Windsor, CO; mother, Dorothy Holmes of Monroe, WI; great- grandmother, Edna Weckerly of Monroe, WI; sister, Pamela Schmoldt and husband, Jeff of Janesville, WI; sister, Mary Gullicksrud and husband, Paul of Strum, WI; five nieces and nephews.

Lin was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Holmes.

Memorials have been established with the First United Methodist Church in Arkansas City or the Arkansas City Public Library. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at