Deneen Bozeman

Obituary
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    - Clayton Turner
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    - Melani Turner
  • ""She was my favorite teacher and she will be missed..."
    - McKenzie Turner
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    - Natalie McCleary
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    - Karen Roth

Deneen Loretta Bozeman, 42, died May 23, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Faith Christian Community, 4240 Wisconsin St., followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. and a graveside service at Angelus Memorial Park at 3 p.m. Deneen was born July 14, 1966, in South St. Paul, Minn., to Robert and Beverly Baldwin. Deneen's 1st birthday was celebrated in Vancouver, B.C., as the family traveled to their new home in Juneau. The family relocated to Anchorage in 1971. Deneen spent two years in Kailua, Oahu, and returned to Minnesota, where she graduated from North St. Paul High School in 1984. Deneen was a natural and gifted teacher, who from early on regularly created a classroom in the family living room, teaching ABCs and 123s to childhood friends, stuffed animals and family pets. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., in 1988. After graduating, Deneen returned to Anchorage and began teaching with the Anchorage School District, spending 20 years as a 1st/2nd grade Campbell Elementary teacher and avid Campbell Cub. Deneen's "Meaningful Literacy Stations in the Primary Classroom" course has been attended by more than 450 ASD staff. She also served in numerous other capacities, including UAA student-teacher mentor as well as UAA and APU Adjunct Professor. Deneen was listed in "Who's Who Among American Teachers" and was a 2000 Alaska BP Teacher of Excellence. During her second year of teaching, Deneen met future husband Kenneth Leon Bozeman. They were married for 17 years. Ken and her family proudly watched as Deneen participated in the Mrs. Alaska Pageant. As an educator and mother of a child with autism, Deneen passionately advocated for the rights of children with special needs. Counted among the many joys in Deneen's life are: faith, family, teaching, traveling, movies, home gardening, shopping and shoes! She is survived by husband, Kenneth Bozeman; children, Kenton, Jaley, Jairus and Jathan Bozeman; grandchild, Kenneth Bozeman; father, Robert J. Baldwin of Anchorage; stepmother, Elizabeth Frick of Boulder, Colo.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Diane and Rick Klee of South Bend, Ind., Debi and Fred Young of Eagle River, Denise Baldwin of Palmer, Denielle Baldwin and Michael Iwuoha of Anchorage, Jennifer Sherry and Ara Howard of Boulder; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan and Denise Baldwin of Anchorage, Bruce and Kim Sherry of Anchorage; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and cats Pearl and Melon. To honor Deneen's teaching legacy, an Elementary Education/Autism studies scholarship will be set up in her name. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made toward this endeavor c/o Denielle Baldwin, 6538 Colgate Drive, Anchorage, AK 99504.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 27 to May 28, 2009