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Delores K. Dick, of Ithaca, died on May 24, 2021. She was born in Sibley, IA on June 12, 1936 to parents Margaret and Henry Den Beste. Dee received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and practiced as a R.N. in Kansas City, MO before starting her family.
She nurtured her family through relocations, travels, adventures, and life’s tribulations. Following Kansas City, Dee and family lived in Champaign, IL and Newark, DE before settling in Ithaca, NY in 1977. Sabbatical stays included Montreal, London, Vancouver, and Harpenden, UK (her favorite). Dee enjoyed a second career as a Public Health Nurse and head of the Tompkins County Health Department’s Hypertension Control Program.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Natalie in 2017. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Richard; children, Kevin (Sandra Carroll), Laura (Zane Memeger), and Craig (Katy Dunlap); and grandchildren Max and Olivia Memeger.
Dee loved her family, a good book, a great meal, a stunning sunset, and the world around her. She disliked being the center of attention and would much rather give than receive. If you are inclined to send flowers, please make a contribution to a cause that is meaningful to you instead. And be sure to appreciate your next sunset. That would make her very happy! Her life will be celebrated by her family at a later date.
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