Soldotna resident Eleanore Lillian (Smith) Dick died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at her daughter's home near Soldotna. She was 73.
No local services are planned. There will be a memorial service in Mellette, S.D., at a later date, where her ashes will be scattered over the graves of her deceased children.
Mrs. Dick was born July 17, 1930, in Spink County, S.D. In 1956, she moved to Little Falls, Minn., and worked at Munsingwear, St. Otto's Nursing Home as a cook and Twomey's Truck Stop as a waitress and cook. In 1963, she moved to Fort Ripley, Minn., and she worked as a psych tech at Brainerd State Hospital. In the late 1970s, she also worked as a drug and alcohol counselor in Knoxville, Iowa, and Santa Cruz, Calif. She retired in 1988. Mrs. Dick moved to Soldotna on Oct. 13, 2000. She was a 4-H leader and also wrote short stories and novels. She also enjoyed graphology, painting and collecting recipe books.
"She was very creative and used that in many ways to clothe, feed and train her children, as well as finding enjoyment for herself in painting and writing, and later in her working career developing a manual in drug and alcohol counseling. She loved music and passed that love on to her children. One day she'll be able to use her beautiful soprano voice again when we all gather together to sing praises to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," her daughter said.
Mrs. Dick was preceded in death by a daughter, Georgia Ann, and a son, Tony Edward.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Joe Gardner of Olney, Ill., Jo Linda and Phil Seward of Soldotna, Verna Smith of Menomonie, Wis., Loreli and Neldon Bryant of Ames, Iowa, Ava and Allen Kent of Long Beach, Calif., and Bianca and Steve Hornung of Walhalla, N.D.; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Ann Smith of Beaver Creek, Minn., and Wyatt and Joy Smith of Springdale, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathryn and Lee Kemper of Sauk Centre, Minn., and Merry Jo and Robert Ball of Conde, S.D.; and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Jensen of Fort Ripley.
Condolences may be sent to her daughter, Jo Linda, at P.O. Box 3185, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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