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Ruth Hinkley Dierker, 90, of Lincoln
died peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at 3:45 a.m. at St. John's
Hospital in Springfield.
To celebrate God's goodness to Ruth, visitation will be held at Zion
Lutheran Church in Lincoln from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday and noon to 1
p.m. Tuesday. Her funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the
Arrangements are by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral
Home in Lincoln.
Mrs. Dierker was a retired
teacher. She first taught in Jacksonville, Fla.,
where she met her husband, who was stationed at
Jacksonville Naval Station. They later moved to
Lincoln, where they established their home, and she
continued her teaching career at Chester-East
Lincoln Grade School, inspiring young kindergartners
for 17 years.
She was born Oct. 20, 1918, in Orlando, Fla., the
second daughter of Rush R. and Lydia C. Hahn Hinkley.
She married Charles Raymond Dierker on June 4, 1944.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond; their
three children, Carol (and husband John) Wieg of
Hampshire, Janet Whiteside of Winter Park, Fla., and
Richard (and Lisa) Dierker of Groveland; and six
granddaughters, Carrie and Carleen Wieg, Allison and
Amy Whiteside, and Kristin and Kayla Dierker.
One sister, Naomi Hinkley, and a son-in-law,
Custer Whiteside, preceded her in death.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in
Lincoln and the Missionary Society, in which she
held various offices. She was actively involved in
the Lincoln Woman's Club and served as secretary.
She received her 50-year LWC pin in 2004. She also
served as president of the women's auxiliary of the
Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Cos.
She graduated from New Smyrna Beach High School and
Florida State University, where she received her
bachelor's degree in elementary education.
She will always be remembered for her nurturing
and teaching of the youth of Lincoln.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Ray, and
cherished her time with her six granddaughters.
Memorials may be made in Ruth's memory to Zion
Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran School or Lincoln
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