Deidra Machele Brown

April 15, 1965- Jan. 24, 2018

Deidra Machele Brown,

52, Minot, died Wednes-

day, January 24, 2018 at

Mercy Gilbert Medical

Center in Gilbert, AZ after

a courageous fight with

breast cancer.

Deidra was born April

15, 1965 in Claremore,

Oklahoma, the daughter

of Michael and Beverly

Morris. She was raised

with her sister Karen in

Ripley, Oklahoma. She ac-

cepted the Lord Jesus

Christ into heart during a

Sunday school class at the

age of twelve. She gra-

duated from Ripley High

School in 1983, where she

ran track and played

basketball. She continued

her education at Oklaho-

ma Baptist University for

a short time and

transferred Oklahoma

State University in Still-

water, where she graduat

ed with a degree in Busi-

ness Management in 1988.

It was here that she met

the love of her life, Joel

Brown and they were un-

ited in marriage on Au-

gust 25, 1990 in Stillwa-


They lived in Kansas

and Oklahoma for a short

time before moving to

Minot in 1995. Deidra was

a stay-at-home mother

while raising their five

children. During this

time, she also served as a

Pastor’s wife with Abun-

dant Life Community

Church. In addition, she

worked at Knowles Jewel-

ry and the Center for Fam-

ily Medicine in Minot.

Deidra was a member of

Calvary Church in Ryder,

North Dakota, where she

pioneered a Bible Memory

Verse Club and mentored

several ladies within the

group. Her biggest joy was

spending time with her

children and grandchil-

dren. She will forever be

remembered by her posi-

tively infectious and spicy


Deidra’s loving family

includes, husband, Joel

Brown of Minot; children,

Michaiah (Brandon)

Hamel of Bismarck, Salem

(Cameron) Dostert of

Bismarck, Nathanael

Brown, Josiah Brown & Ja-

son Brown all of Minot;

grandchildren, Jaime,

Emma, Jensen, Beau, Ta-

tum & Dak; parents,

Michael & Beverly Morris

of Ripley, OK; sister,

Karen Underwood of Tul-

sa, OK.

Celebration of Life Ser-

vice: Saturday, February

3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at

Our Redeemer’s Church,


Interment: Sunset

Memorial Gardens, Minot.

Visitation: Friday,

February 2nd from

3:00-6:00 p.m. in Thomas

Family Funeral Home,


Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at (www.thomasfamily