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Deanna “Deedee” Allen Gantley

MAYSVILLE — Deanna “Deedee” Allen Gantley, 64, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at her home.
She was born on Dec. 4, 1955, to the late Joseph (Joe) and Ernestine (Ernie) Allen.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Gantley, whom she married Aug. 17, 1987. She is also survived by her children, E.C. (Marijohn) Leach of Paris, Adam McKinney of Maysville, Kelly Jo Gantley of Maysville and Kasey Jean Gantley of Maysville; two grandchildren, whom Deedee and Joe raise as their own, Landon McKinney and Peyton Allen McKinney; Mollie, Sophia, and Adalyn Leach several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Deedee is also survived by her sister, Mandy (Vince) Dini of Lexington.
She was preceded in death by her son, Allen Owen McKinney.
Memorial visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Moore and Parker Funeral Home in Maysville.
Memorials may be made to American Kidney Foundation or American Cancer Society.
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  1. Kay Shepherd on March 16, 2020 at 9:22 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Deedee’s passing. What a warrior she was. Sending much love to her family.

  2. Judy Champion on March 16, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Joe and family I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I never met her in person but knew her through the internet she was still a friend. I well miss her posts.

  3. Jerry and Corkey Wagner on March 16, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Thoughts and Prayers 🙏
    ❤️ Jerry and Corkey

  4. Debbie Hildebran on March 16, 2020 at 9:52 am

    I never met Deedee, but I loved her…her posts always made me smile. I met her in a Chihuahua group 20 yrs ago. I am sending lots of prayers for the family and extra prayers for Joe, Landon, and Peyton. RIP Sweet Deedee you are gonna be missed…love ya DD xxx

  5. Julia on March 16, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I was so sorry to hear this. I “met” Deedee through social on a MinPin group in the early 90s And I always enjoyed hearing about her horses dogs and family. She loved her family so much! Your family is in my prayers and thoughts at this time. Deedee was one of a kind and I will miss her.

  6. Helen Gregory on March 16, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Deedee was a wonderful caring friend for approx 25 years. We go way back to chihuahua list days. She fought a long hard battle and will be missed by many.

  7. Sher Wardrip on March 16, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    I, like so many, never had the honor of meeting Deedee in person but I loved her like a sister. We met in a mailing group about Chihuahuas over 20 years ago and bonded over our love of little dogs. During our rough days in our battles against cancer we sent each other virtual hugs and tea and said one day we would do it in real life. When Allen died I wrote a poem for her in hopes that it would ease her pain and I hope it did. She will be missed by many. Sleep sweet my Sistah-friend, until we meet across the Rainbow Bridge

  8. Nikki Gerrior on March 16, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I will never forget you.
    Truly one of the most kind, funny, badass people I’ve ever known.

  9. Janet on March 16, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    To Deedee’s family, I am truly sorry for your loss .You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Deedee will be so missed by so many.She touched us all with her humor,courage,strengh ,her love for her family was so evident in every way .She will be so truly missed.I know she will be watching over her family.
    Rest In Peace Deedee.I will miss you so much.

  10. Dorothy Champion on March 16, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    So sorry for your loss Joe and family. She was one of a kind so kind hearted and always friendly. She will be missed

  11. Annie Dummert Mouritzen on March 17, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Awh Deedee for over 22 years we shared our lives, love of dogs horses, tiny funny animals creating a virtual reality starting way back in the yahoo chichuhua list group. We’ve all been family . Praying or lighting candles, sending cards, I did a portrait for you. Others wrote poems and sent photos. My heart aches for your family and knowing now I won’t see your face or hear about the kids. But precious friend there’s angels at the rainbow bridge licking your face and giving long awaited Huggs . I’ll never forget our life time of memories till we meet again…….

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