Denise Marie Miller DePriest

Posted: Friday, June 10, 2005


  Denise Marie Miller DePriest

Denise Marie Miller DePriest

Former Soldotna resident Denise Marie Miller DePriest died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in a Minot, N.D., hospital, due to complications from fibromyalgia. She was 35.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 10, at First Baptist Church in Minot. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

She was born Aug. 9, 1969, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Hershel and Lois (Flinn) Miller. She was raised and educated in Soldotna, where she was a member of the Soldotna High School class of 1988 and captain of the soccer team.

She married Wesley DePriest on June 24, 1989, in Soldotna. They made their home in town and she worked as a cashier and church custodian. They moved to Minot in June 1994, where she was a custodial engineer at the Dakota Square Mall in 1995. After 1995, she dedicated her life to caring for her husband and children.

Mrs. DePriest was a member of the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church of Soldotna for five years and volunteered to do cleaning, help in the nursery and do other jobs around the church that were needed. She also was the secretary at Sonlight Wesleyan Church Minot.

"Denise enjoyed decorating, crocheting, taking care of her houseplants, camping, being the 'neighborhood mom,' playing practical jokes, and she had a special love for spending time with her two sons and husband," her family said.

Mrs. DePriest was preceded in death by her grandparents; sister-in-law, Ruby Hales; and father-in-law, Murton DePriest.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Wesley; sons, Austin and Isaac DePriest of Minot; parents, Hershel and Lois Miller of Grand Forks, N.D.; sisters, Darla (Jake) Vanderwahl of Soldotna and Dee and Des; brother, Doyle (Carly) Miller of Soldotna; half-brother, Johnny Miller; mother-in-law, Ruby DePriest of Minot; in-laws, Duane (Jonna) DePriest of Minot, Dean (Debbie) Bird of Kenai and Lonnie Bird of Sydney, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at

Arrangements were made by Thomas Family Funeral Home in Minot.

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