Bethany Leidlein Deaton

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Bethany Ann Leidlein Deaton, age 27, passed away on October 30, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. Bethany was born on October 15, 1985 in San Antonio, Texas and was raised with her three sisters and brother in Arlington, Texas. Bethany was a delightful, inquisitive and precocious child and was home schooled until she entered Southwestern University in 2005. Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English and minor in Spanish in 2009, she moved to Kansas City, Missouri to intern at the International House of Prayer. She remained in community with a close association of friends during the following years. In August 2011, she enrolled in an accelerated nursing degree program and completed a BS in Nursing in August 2012. She married Tyler Deaton on August 18, 2012 and planned, along with her husband, to serve overseas as missionaries. A brilliant, multi-faceted, and precious jewel, Bethany was a lover of books, writing, nature, deep conversations, dance, worship and most of all, Jesus. Her big blue eyes revealed a heart and soul full of love, tenderness, keen intelligence and passion for righteousness. Her strong, deeply reflective, and nurturing spirit ministered to all who knew her. She gently and quietly reached out to the lonely, the troubled and the hurting. She was fiercely loyal and brightened the lives of her family, friends and strangers with her radiant smile and life-affirming presence. Bethany will be greatly missed by her father and mother, Eric and Carol, her beloved siblings Erin, Shannon, Christin and Matthew, her husband, Tyler Deaton, and a host of family and friends. Even as we celebrate Bethany's life, we deeply grieve our loss. We cherish your tears as you weep with those who weep. We pray that God will help us understand the many unanswered questions that continue to be investigated. We are sustained by His peace and stand confident in the knowledge of the Father's love as He welcomes Bethany into His arms. God is close to the broken hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). .

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  1. Dear Eric, Carol, and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My God wrap his arms around each of you and give you strength and peace. My prayers will continue for each of you.

  2. Eric and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Be assured that God is holding your hand tight and will not let go.

    With prayers and deepest sympathy.

  3. Tyler,
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Blessings be upon you and your family. My prayers are with you.

  4. Eric and family, Know that you have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and hold you in his loving arms. Kathy McCoy

  5. I just heard about Bethany. She was always so sweet and always smiling when she used to come into the library here at Southwestern University. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. The nursing profession has lost one of its best nurses. Bethany had a heart of gold. I am deeply saddened by her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this tragic time.

  7. To Bethany’s Family, I am so sorry to hear about this tragic situation! I was a classmate of Bethany’s in nursing school this past year. Our whole class is in shock! She has such a sweet, gentle spirit and was a beautiful example of God’s love! I will never forget her. I pray for healing and that you get the answers you need. Praying for all of you. Jill Lollas

  8. I met Bethany my first night at Southwestern. She made an indelible impact on me: her intelligence, wit, grace, compassion, and love for her family. I remember all of those things from just that one night. I got to know her a bit as time went on. She has a beautiful soul. Know that this whole community that knew her at SU is utterly shaken. We’ve all been reeling all day. She made that kind of impact on us.

  9. Dear Family and Friends of Bethany,
    I went through the accelerated nursing program with Bethany, and am shocked at what has happened. She was loved by everyone and always had a smile on her face. I am so upset over what happened, and truly sorry for your loss. She was a precious gem whose light is still shining on. We all miss her and hope your heart can find some healing through it all.

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Bethany had a zest for life. What a beautiful young women. Prayers to your family from a friend of Martha Blackburn’s in Austin.

  11. I am so sorry for your loss of your precious daughter. I did not know Bethany but I just read aboout the circumstances surrounding her passing and I just wept. I feel so bad for you but God is holding her in His arms, safe and secure from all harm as any child of God knows. She will never suffer again. May you somehow find the peace of God again.
    I had to write this as I was so hurt when reading this story. God is an awesome/faithful God and through all the pain and heartache, He is still God and He is right here/right now….He is as close as the mention of HIs name. What a beautiful child of God Bethany is. Jesus loves you and we love you, In Christ, Murray and Patricia Walker

  12. Mr. and Mrs. Leidlein,
    You don’t know us, but your daughter Erin is a dear friend to our daughter Rachelle. We want you to know we have been praying for all of you since we found out about Bethany’s passing and we continue to pray for you. We are so very sorry you are going through this tragic time and we pray our Father will send you peace and comfort each moment of each day.

  13. As a mom who also homeschooled our sweet daughters, as a sister in the Lord, and as a part of the IHOP network of Believers, I send my love and prayers that your hearts would be comforted and justice would be accomplished.

  14. So sorry for your great and tragic loss. We live in the KC area and attend IHOP. Our entire community feels your great loss. Asking Jesus to hold you in his arms.

  15. Bethany was a truly amazing person. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but you are in my prayers. You raised a beautiful, generous woman of valor.

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