Roberta D. (Meyer) Ferris
1938 - 2017
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Roberta D. (Meyer) Ferris

Redding, CA

1938 - 2017

Deannie (Meyer) Ferris departed this world peacefully March 14, 2017 at Shasta Regional Medical Center, Redding, CA. surrounded by family and friends. She passed with the same quiet charm that she lived her life.

Born in Roseburg, OR in 1938, she was preceded in death by her parents, Roberta and Robert Laughlin, her brother Terry Laughlin and husbands Rich Meyer and Bo Ferris.

Deannie had a life-long interest in the arts. She was a modern dance enthusiast in high school, played the piano, created wonderful line drawings & sculptures, and painted wonderful works in various media. She loved all kinds of brain twisters, especially crossword puzzles. She was well (and widely) read. Her art always had an interesting twist, including trout intertwined with blown up pieces of tires, and fruit from her yard incorporated in mine buckets or ropes, or other sentimental items.

Deannie began her career as a legal secretary in 1961, working for the Trinity County District Attorney. She was a member of the Weaverville Jaycee-ets and was involved in everything from little league baseball, Easter Egg Hunts, Halloween events, and the Big Foot Days Celebration. In 1962, she made an unsuccessful bid for the Trinity County Clerk office. In 1964, her long beautiful legs got her a role with a group of women who performed a can-can dance for the annual Big Foot Days celebration.

In 1965 the family relocated to Redding. Deannie's former boss, Donald Kennedy, along with his partner Lee Lopez, hired her to work in their law firm where she worked for over twenty years. She would later work for Mr. Dugan Barr at his law firm.

Deannie was a Shasta High School Music and Sports Booster. She skillfully balanced family, work and social life throughout the lives of her boys. She kept her dream of being an artist alive, and sowed many seeds along the way. Attending various classes at Shasta College, she studied everything from

Auto Mechanics and Woodworking to Glass Blowing and Sculpture. She challenged herself with anatomy and physiology, and even took painting classes. Finally, the staff at Shasta College told her they had nothing left to offer her and she should move on.

In 1994, she commuted weekly from Redding to Oakland to achieve her dream of obtaining a degree in art. The California College of the Arts 'stretched' her in ways she could not have imagined. She was introduced to people and techniques she had only dreamed of. She graduated from the California College of Arts in 1996 having achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (with Distinction). She said to have graduated from the California College of the Arts was second only to successfully sending her boys into the world.

April 1, 1999, Rich Meyer passed away after a 41 year marriage. A conspiracy of their respective children brought Mr. Bo Ferris (USAF retired) and Deannie together. Married February 2001, Bo and Deannie traveled and lived life as large as anybody could. They bought a motorhome and wore its wheels off. Bo passed in June 2009.

Bo's passing was a profound event, yet she remained a strong independent woman. Surviving an incredibly impossible heart surgery in May 2010, she recovered and continued with her Art work, participating in many local and national shows. She even had the honor of displaying a piece in the distinguished De Young Museum in San Francisco, CA. Deannie taught many art classes and has been a force in many local artists' development. She continued to teach until her health became too much an issue for her to perform to her high standard.

She is survived by sons, Daniel, Kirk (Laura), Robert (Brenda), and her grandchildren Sibylla; Audra and Ashlie; and Sarah, Carlie and James; also four great-grand sons, one great-grand daughter, and one - pending arrival.

A memorial service will be held at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery Chapel on April 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM followed by a luncheon and display of her art at the First United Methodist Church in Redding at 12:00 PM.

Donations in memory of Deannie Meyer, Artist, may be made to the Shasta County Arts Council, Old City Hall, 1313 Market St., Redding, CA 96001 or to the First United Methodist Church, Arts Council, 1825 East St., Redding, CA 96001.

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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Mar. 29, 2017.
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April 11, 2017
It was with sadness that we read of Deannie's passing. I had seen and admired her work for many, many years before I actually met her. It was when she brought her grand daughter to our house to see if they wanted to buy the cocker spaniel puppy we had recently acquired. Deannie and I laughed as that puppy and little girl happily bonded, running around in our backyard. Soon, off they went with puppy in tow. She planned to name it BoDean, a combination of her name and that of her late husband. She told me to feel free to come by and see the puppy any time, but I never did, respecting the fact that it was now her dog and not mine. She kept us updated, though, whenever we ran into her; sometimes it was her daughter-in-law, who knew Steve through business, who brought us up to date. However, we did not know Deannie was ill. I last saw her at an artist's lunch at Armando's and spoke to her briefly. I told her I was now beginning to take art lessons, and she smiled and wished me well. What I didn't say was that her work, which I absolutely love, is part of what inspired me to start--and to continue--taking those lessons. I hope she knew anyway. I still have one of her business cards, which I am now going to frame. The front depicts what I believe is one of her son's hands and feet as he sits by the edge of a pool. It is a detailed study of light and shadow, done to perfection, just like Deannie. She will be missed. Sending the family our prayers for peace~
Nancy & Steve Williams
April 4, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
March 30, 2017

One of my mom's best friend. They worked together in the DA's Office in Weaverville and later in the same law office of Lopez and Kennedy.
Deannie was in my life for over 50 years. She was a good influence....a mentor that I could do better... a good friend and confidant...
She raised three magnificent sons who brought her fantastic grandchildren and great grandchildren.
I'll miss her gentle voice and soft sense of humor

Happy trails Deannie....
Chuck Sanborn
March 30, 2017
what a sweet lady, she had one of the sweetest smiles I have ever seen and a warm heart to go with that smile. Deannie was one of those people you liked the moment you saw her. we shall surely miss this wonderful lady
Lucky Hall
March 29, 2017
What a wonderful, caring, helpful lady, and artist.
How sad to loose a wonderful lady, that gave so much of herself for others.
Her love of life shown through others, and her art.
Janet Edgren
Janet Edgren
March 29, 2017
Just loved Deanie, her smile, stories and the love she had for life. I fell in love with one of her paintings and the next thing I knew she gave it to me, I will always cherish that painting. She will forever be in our hearts. Thanks for all the great memories Deanie.
Debi Troutman
March 29, 2017
Deannie was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. We are so thankful to have known her and had her in our lives. She painted a stunning portrait of our first child as a gift to us. It is a centerpiece of our home. Our condolences to the family.
Sean Wilson and family.
Sean Wilson
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