On September 29, 1935, Demaris “Dee” Ilene Giddings was born to Frank Sr. and Irene Giddings in Rushville Nebraska. Dee was the youngest of her siblings Frank Jr., Virginia, and Darlene. As she grew up, she helped in the family grocery store and butcher shop. Once she graduated from high school, she went on to get her college teaching certificate. She then taught in a one room schoolhouse outside of Rushville. She taught all subject areas to her students which ranged from 1st to 8th graders.
After several years of teaching, Dee took a job as a telephone operator in Chadron NE. Her and her sister Darlene transferred with Ma Bell from NE to San Diego CA. After, a few years in CA they moved back home. Now back in the Midwest, Dee meets the love of her life Robert at the local dance hall. Soon after, they start their family, and add Scott and Jennifer. They bought a house on Main St in Chadron and eventually moved to a house on East 6th St. Many memories and fun were made here. Dee was a member of the Ladies of Chadron Sorority Club as well as the Red Hat Ladies Chapter. She then went back to school and joined the lunch crew at the Chadron Public Schools lunch program. She enjoyed her friends there and was able to keep an eye on her kids. She worked at the school for over 15 years.
Dee’s next chapter was the move to Arizona. Bob and Dee followed their son and daughter out to Arizona. They bought a house in Ahwatukee to get closer to the kids and grandkids; Parker and Austin (Scott and Mary K. Brenn) and Alex (Jennifer and Bill Eikost). She loved being close to the kids and especially the grandchildren. She spent a lot of her days crocheting, knitting and loving on, every one’s puppies. She made numerous baby blankets for family and friends. Dee will be remembered for making and handing out her dish rags to all her friends.
Demaris is preceded in death by her parents Frank Sr., Irene Giddings; her siblings Frank Jr. Giddings, Virginia Smith, and Darlene Beach.
Demaris is survived by her son Scott and daughter-in-law Mary K. Brenn, grandsons Parker and Austin Brenn; daughter Jennifer (Brenn) Eikost and son-in-law Bill Eikost and grandson Alex. She will definitely be missed. Peace be with you, we love you.