HASTINGS, Neb.-A memorial service was held for Dorothy Ruth Heydenberk, 100, Hastings, who died Friday, June 28, 2013, at Perkins Pavilion Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village. A private family burial will be held at a later date at Lake Cemetery in Lamar Heights, Mo.
Arrangements are under the direction of Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Hastings.
Memorial contributions may be given to the family.
Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Willis Jerion “Jerry” and Valena L. Heydenberk, Hastings; two granddaughters, Dawn M. Jones, Hastings, and Eve R. Groff, Junction City, Kan.; a grandson, Andrew Jerion Heydenberk, Fountain, Colo.; six great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew, and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Adelee; two brothers, James Paul and John G. Jr., and her husband, Willis A. Heydenberk.
Mrs. Heydenberk was born July 3, 1912, in Walnut, Ill., to John and Ruth Frances (Nesby) Deininger. She started kindergarten at Drumright, Okla., and received her Bachelor’s Degree in art and education at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. She also studied at Southwest College in Springfield, Mo. and Kansas State Teacher’s College in Pittsburg, Kan. She lived in eight states, including Illinois, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Missouri, Montana, California, Nebraska and Kentucky and visited Jos, Nigeria when her grandson was born there.
She was a lifelong teacher and advocate of children, the elderly and the underprivileged.