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Mary Dierking - August 28, 2012

Mary Belle Dierking was born the second child of three children to Henry Elbert Allen and Mary Miller (McFarlane) Allen on July 4, 1924, near the state line south of Republican City in Glenwood Township of Phillips County, Kan. She departed this life late Tuesday morning Aug. 28, 2012, at the Harlan County Health System Hospital in Alma. Her age was 88 years, one month and 24 days.
Mary attended three rural schools in Phillips County, Kan., the Saline Rural School District No. 99, the Englewood Rural School District No. 57 and the Glenwood Rural School District No. 50 where she graduated from the eighth grade. She attended high school at Phillipsburg, Kan., where she graduated with the Class of 1944. She later taught one year at the Independence Rural School District No. 86 south of Woodruff, Kan.
On Aug. 24, 1945, she was united in marriage to Adam Raymond Dierking at the Phillips County Courthouse in Phillipsburg, Kan. To this union two daughters, Crystal Louise and Twila Jean were born.
They made their home on a farm 5 1?4 miles northwest of Naponee on Turkey Creek in Franklin County. In 1948 they moved to their farm 2 1?2 miles north of Naponee. They had farmed and ranched there for 38 years moving to Franklin in April of 1982.
Mary and Adam celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in 1990. He preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1990. On Feb. 24, 2010, Mary entered the Kearney County Health Service Long Term Care where she resided until returning to the home of her daughter Crystal on Aug. 24, 2010.
Mary had been employed at the Lincoln Hotel, the Sale Barn and the Auction House Café, all of Franklin. She also did volunteer work at the Franklin County Museum.
In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her father in May of 1977, her mother on Aug. 23, 1983, her brother Milton Allen in 1981 and her brother-in-law, Cecil Haskett.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughters, Crystal Hoskins of Franklin and Twila Curry and husband, Bernie, of Minden; sister, Rose Haskett, who resides with her son, Nick Haskett at Agra, Kan.; five grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren; other relatives including one very sweet cousin, Shirley Stone and husband, Gary, of Republican City, and many friends.
Funeral services were Aug. 31 at the Banta-Torrey Funeral Chapel in Alma with the Rev. Scott Randall, officiating.
A vocal duet was provided by Tim and Joyce King.
Organist was Jolean Haring.
Hymn selections included “Amazing Grade” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Casketbearers were Mark Goebel, Matt Harrison, Gary Stone, Jason Stone, Douglas Taylor and Melvin Taylor.
Interment was in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in northern Phillips County, Kan.
Memorials may be directed to the Naponee or to the Franklin Volunteer Fire Departments.
Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Alma was in charge of arrangements.