Ruth Marie (Lucke) Dickison, 89, passed away on March 22, 2020, at Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri.
She was born on July 8, 1930, in Cabool, Missouri, to James R. Lucke and Leona (Bowles) Lucke.
Ruth Marie was raised in Cabool by her mother and her grandmother, Mae Bowles, after her father passed away in 1932. Ruth gained a new father when Leona married Elmer L. Rust and soon a new brother, when David Lee was born. The Rusts lived on his family farm on the north edge of Cabool.
Ruth graduated from Cabool High School in 1948. She was a cheerleader, worked on the yearbook and was active in speech and drama. She participated in many speech and debate competitions throughout her high school career.
After graduation, she began working at Producers Creamery Company (also Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. and Dairy Farmers of America). She worked in the office with several other “girls” then was promoted to receptionist and became of the voice of Mid-Am as she answered the phone and directed calls. She made a major move in the 1980s to manage the Cheese Store and work with the field representatives and bulk tank drivers. She retired after more than 40 years of service. It was during her tenure at Producers Creamery that she met Bill Dickison who worked in the plant and then later in the laboratory. They were married on July 24, 1953 and celebrated 65 years of marriage prior to his death on November 8, 2018. Their daughter, Brenda, was born on March 19, 1957.
Ruth and Bill built their first and only home on an acre of land on the Rust farm. Over the years, Ruth spent many happy times entertaining in her home. She enjoyed all types of cooking but especially baking. She would constantly read cookbooks and try out many recipes on her family and friends. She loved decorating her home for any season but especially at Christmas. She enjoyed growing roses for many years and later day-lilies.
Ruth was a lifelong member of Cabool First Methodist Church. As a young girl she went on many church trips with the Methodist youth. As an adult, she taught Sunday school for many years and worked tirelessly on many committees. The hospitality/social committee was her favorite and the result was many enjoyable church dinners, parties, baby and bridal showers, and benefits for church members and people in the community.
Ruth believed in giving back to the community. She worked with Cabool Alumni Association, Cabool Community Betterment, and was an integral part of the group that raised funds and built the newest agriculture building at Cabool High School in the early 1990s. She served on the Vocational Advisory Board at Cabool Schools for many years. Ruth was also a supporter of the arts including music as well as drama. She and Bill were always attending musicals, plays, concerts and were generous donors to the arts programs at CHS. Besides the arts, Ruth and Bill enjoyed Cabool High School sports including football, volleyball and basketball and attended games as long as their health would permit.
Ruth’s life took a turn when she was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Although she realized that she was having a hard time remembering, it was difficult for her to ask for help. In 2018, after specialized care in Bolivar, she became a resident at Kabul Nursing Home. Ruth enjoyed the many caregivers who looked after her at KNH and joked with them constantly. They became a part of her family and she loved them all.
In addition to her parents and husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her father- and mother-in-law, Victor C. and Minnie Dickison, as well as several special aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Ed Jarrett, and her brother and sister-in-law, David and Charlotte Rust, all of Cabool, and many other relatives and friends.
Viewing for Ruth was held Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home, from noon until 5:00 p.m. due to the coronavirus restrictions for public gatherings. A private family graveside service was held on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Cabool Cemetery with Tom Whittaker officiating. Pallbearers were Dalton Carder, Jim Ed Carder, Ed Jarrett, John Mark Hale, Shaun Watson and Richard Woods. A memorial service will hopefully be held at a later date when government restrictions are lifted for public gatherings. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cabool Cemetery Association in care of the funeral home.