On June 9, 2020 Demarie Ann (Demie A.) Schouten concluded her battle with pancreatic cancer and returned to her Father in Heaven a conqueror and a champion. In life, she was lovingly referred to as “Loser” by her sister and without skipping a beat she would answer back “Yes,
Major Loser”, but in the fight against cancer she was anything but. She did not lose the fight, she transcended it.
Demie was born on September 19, 1968 in Salt Lake City , Utah She is survived by the Joy of her existence, her son Chase; her mother, Dee; and her father, Mark Schouten (Nana and Papa to the rest of us); sisters, April (John Filler) Melanie (Jeff Nish); nephews and niece; Jonathan (Tara), Brady, Chauncey (Lacey), Channing, Morghan. Great Nieces and Nephew; McKenzie, Ella, Swayzey, and Heston.
Demie was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved the Temple but most of all she loved singing Primary songs to her Chaser.
Demie’s sense of humor was infectious. She loved the perfectly timed off-color joke and right to the end she endeavored to make those around her laugh. She left this world with the most beautiful smile on her face. I kid you not! We believe it was Jesus that greeted her while introducing her to her two babies that she never got to hold. She is holding them tightly now along with many other special members of her family and friends that were awaiting her and not to forget her special pets Sabastian, Alli, Bentleigh, and Brandy among others.
Demie loved to travel. Her favorite place to be was wherever Chase was. Together they loved the beach, cabin, Lagoon, Bear Lake, concerts with the Skyward Symphony, going anywhere in the Motor Home, racing, swimming and hot tubbing, and especially just sitting on the grounds at the Bountiful Temple with him. She loved volunteering at Chase’s school, Fun Fridays, fundraisers, attending parties, pizza days, and year end activities.
Demie loved sports. She was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan, she cheered for Kyle Bush (we don’t get that one either, that’s between her and Nana), The Pittsburgh Steelers, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Utah Grizzlies, Volk Brothers-Nish Racing, Filler-Martin Motorsports, the Utah Jazz, BYU Football (we know that not everyone is perfect) and bowling with her Team name being “The Babes with Balls” She even had several 200 games.
She was an excellent cook with baking as her specialty. Thanksgiving will not be the same without her awesome pies.
Demie loved her job. Especially Quick Wedge, and she had a close relationship with many of her co-workers. She made many friends with customers as well, and always treated them as if they were long lost friends. The office will not be the same without her laughter and her computer skills which she daily had to remind us how to do. (patiently of course) She always had a tender heart for the stray cats that hang around the office building and always bought them food and toys and brought them in from the cold. She loved all of the employee’s dogs that came to work every day as well and always made sure there were plenty of bones for them. We cannot forget her pet fish “George”, a seven inch goldfish.....
Her shoulders were strong and were available for anyone who needed them. She always held her niece’s hand when she needed someone to lean on, it didn’t matter where or when; she was here.
Demie was so proud of you Morghan and for the changes you’ve made in your life. Her prayers were answered when you chose to become her “Muggs” again.
Anybody who had not been with Demie for an extended period of time would miss her dearly. We can only imagine the joyous reunion that awaited Demie beyond the veil; and for those of us left behind, we anxiously await the time that we too can share in the joy of long-awaited reunions. Until then, we will do what she, in parting, instructed us to do; “Stay Demie Strong”.
It can’t cripple love
It can’t shatter hope
It can’t corrode faith
It can’t eat away peace
It can’t destroy confidence
It can’t kill friendship
It can’t shut out memories
It can’t silence courage
It can’t invade the soul
It can’t reduce eternal life
It can’t quench the Spirits
It can’t lessen the power of the resurrection.
Thank you, Nana and April, for taking such loving care of our Precious Demie. The countless hours of compassion that you both gave to her are beyond words. We as a family cannot express our love and gratitude enough for this beautiful act of Christlike love given by you both, and done with such respect and admiration for her. She thanks you and we thank you. You are our families Rock and we love you both so much!!
We want to thank Dr. Heloisa Soares for loving Demie and for taking such good care of her. Demie truly loved her as well. Many thanks to the nurses and staff up at The Huntsman Cancer Hospital for being her “hospital family” and taking the time to visit with her and never letting her be alone during this nasty-ugly COVID-19 that kept US from being able to spend time with her while she was there.
In lieu of flowers, Demie had requested that those willing, to please make a blood or plasma donation in her name.
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