DeAnna Faye (Allington) Sellars

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The day of Dec. 8, 2015, will live in our hearts forever as the day "Mom's" spirit took flight with her birds she fed and watched daily.

DeAnna Faye Sellars, 74, left her worldly body at her home in Metz, Mo., surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in the Ottawa-Lawrence, Kan., area. She moved to her farm at Metz, Mo., in 1971, and with the exception of a few years spent in Kissee Mills, Mo., she resided on her farm the rest of her life. DeAnna worked at the Nevada State Hospital for 13 years, and was known for her wit and kindness.

DeAnna loved her "boys" more than anything in the world, as they do her. She was the best cook "West of the Mississippi" and was famous for her cinnamon rolls. She took great pleasure in preparing huge holiday feasts for her family and everyone who wanted to come. She enjoyed and was an accomplished fisher woman. During her lifetime she picked tons of pecans and bushels of morel mushrooms. Her hobbies were jig-saw puzzles and crocheting. She was quite proficient at completing a 1,000 piece puzzle in three to four days. Her love of crocheting strengthened when her husband, Perry (Spud) was stricken with cancer and as she told it, "The chemo made him so cold, so I would cover him with several afghans to warm him." This is when her mission to make afghans for cancer patients was born. Anyone she heard of with cancer was blessed with one of her hand made beautiful afghans to "warm them." She made many more that she gifted to the Indian Reservation, and many to people in the care giving profession. She donated a special afghan to NASCAR's Kyle Petty at his stop in Rich Hill for his children's foundation. Her generosity and love for others was beyond measure.

DeAnna was preceded in death by her parents and aunt and uncle who helped raise her and by two brothers as well. Her husband, Perry L. (Spud) Sellars left this world to prepare for her arrival on Aug. 3, 1993.

She is survived by her sons, Raymond Sellars and Donna, Metz, Mo., and Jeffrey "Scott" Sellars, Metz, Mo.; and grandchildren, Sage Van Dyke, Nevada, Mo., Johna and Curt Harrington, Ozark, Mo., and Kyle Sellars, Denver, Colo. She also leaves behind six great-grandchildren; dear friend, Ray Lague, Kissee Mills, Mo.; one brother, Dale Allington, of Lawrence, Kan.; and close friend, Patty Hagemann, Metz, Mo.

Her love was neverending, as our love for her will be.