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Ruth Diecker, the daughter of Margaret May (Church) and Alfred Gilbert, was born November 6, 1930 in Bethpage, Missouri. She departed this life on January 22, 2021 at the Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska at the age of 90 years, 2 months and 16 days.
She moved to Kansas at a very young age and was a long time resident of the area, Ruth received her formal education attending schools in the Downs area. Ruth wanted to be a hairdresser in Seattle, but married and raised her family on the Great Plains instead. She was united in marriage with Warren Ben Diecker on June 15, 1947 at Phillipsburg, Kansas. This union was blessed with five children. They made their home at Smith Center until 1950, when they moved to the Lebanon community to farm. In August of 2000, Ruth and Warren moved to Hastings, Nebraska to make their home.
In her leisure time Ruth enjoyed dancing, spending time with family and friends, cooking, crafts, being outdoors, music, watching nature shows on tv and the rabbits in her back yard. Her personality was pervaded by her warmth and she always welcomed anyone into her home that needed a meal or place to stay.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Warren; grandson, Justin Diecker; great grandson, Benjamin Diecker; a sister, Hazel Barton; and brothers, Lawrence, Earl and Ernest Gilbert.
Left to treasure her memory are her daughter, Sherece Zeigler and husband Brad of Hastings, Nebraska; sons, Dennis of Lebanon, Kansas; Terry of Hastings, Nebraska; Mark of Peabody, Kansas and Tim Diecker. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren: Arron Diecker and wife, Lisa; Amber Diecker, Ashleigh Diecker and Tyler and Jadyn Zeigler; 6 great grandchildren and another on the way; other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, 1:30 pm, February 6, 2021 at the Christian Church in Lebanon, Kansas with Pastor Lance McDowell officiating.
Williams Funeral Home
Red Cloud Chapel
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