Former teacher, church volunteer turns 100
GERING – On Jan. 3, one of Dome Rock Manor’s residents will be observing a special milestone as Louise Deines turns 100 years of age. Her friends helped the centenarian with an early birthday celebration Wednesday.
“I can’t really comprehend turning 100,” Deines said. “I give all the praise and thanks to God for another day He’s given me. I’ve been blessed in so many different ways.”
Originally from Oklahoma, Deines taught Bible College in Gordon, helped with youth camps in Chadron and taught on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, including Church of God missions in Wounded Knee and Allen.
It was on the reservation where she came in contact with the Rev. Earl Bailey. He was the first pastor at the Church of God Platte Valley Indian Chapel, now the Intercultural Chapel in east Scottsbluff.
“Rev. Bailey showed up during school to talk with me about possibly coming to Scottsbluff to help with the children’s ministry at the chapel,” Deines said. “There was also an opening in the Scottsbluff schools at the time and he told me there was a possibility of teaching there as well.”
Arriving with her husband Harry in 1967, she spent the next 50 years helping out where she could, from teaching Bible classes to conducting the handbell choir. She was also a second grade teacher at nearby Roosevelt Elementary School.
Over the years, Deines has been honored several times for her devoted service to the First Church of God in Scottsbluff and to the Intercultural Chapel founded by the church.
In 2017, Bailey’s son Herb was in town to be part of the reception to honor Deines on 50 years of service.
“Louise has always had such a heart for the people,” Herb Bailey said at the time. “She was a big help with the kids.”
Jack Winland, who served as an assistant at the chapel in the mid-1970s, said the couple were inseparable until his death. The Indian people loved them because they were so easy going.
Friends and family are invited to stop by and wish her well during Thursday’s celebration, from 2-4 p.m.