Connie Kay Deere passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at St. Lukes Hospital.
Connie was born on February 1, 1943 in Fulton, Ill., to John and Katherine Balk. As a graduate of Moline Public Nursing School, Connie was an RN in Moline, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and Excelsior Springs for over 35 years. She married the love of her life, Jon Deere, on January 16, 1970 and started a family soon after. As a devoted mother and wife, Connie enjoyed working in her flower beds, collecting antique dolls, feeding the birds, attending music concerts (especially Josh Groban), and kept busy in various clubs and church. She was a member of Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church for over 14 years.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth and husband Dennis Ratcliff; brother, Jonathan and wife Lisa Balk; husband, Jon; her two sons, Chris Deere and Matthew and wife Megan, and daughter, Rebecca Deere; her son, Rick and wife Carol; grandchildren, Olivia, Allison, Joel, Josh and Amber; and her great-grandchildren, Archer and Finn.
Viewing for Connie will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church, Excelsior Springs. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Our Sincere Condolences
Jon and family,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your wife and mother.
You are in our prayers and we are thinking of you.
I regret having to miss being with you at this difficult time.
Love to all and the entire family,
Aunt Katherine Smith Groh
So sorry for your loss. Connie was a wonderful person inside and out. I love our days in the ER. She taught me a lot. She will be missed.