Juanita Ade­line Dittmer

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Juanita Ade­line Dittmer, 94, of Green Val­ley, Ill., died Wed­nes­day, Sept. 5, 2018, at her res­i­dence. She was for­merly of Bella Vista, Ark., and Manilla, Iowa. Born Mar. 1, 1924, in Loup City, Neb., to John Leavett and Adah Florence (Smith) Howe, she mar­ried Gayle Eu­gene “Bob” Dittmer on Sept. 22, 1940, in Coun­cil Bluffs, Iowa. He died May 11, 2013, in Bella Vista. She also was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents and three broth­ers.

Sur­viv­ing are one son, Ted Leon (Priscilla) Dittmer of White Wa­ter, Colo.; three daugh­ters, Ann Lynn (Richard) Wy­more of St. Louis, Mo., Teri Rose (Neal) Werns­man of Flem­ing, Colo., and Tammy Jo (Dr. Joel) Jess of Pekin, Ill.; 10 grand­chil­dren; and seven great-grand­chil­dren.

She was a grad­u­ate of the Jen­nie Ed­mund­son School of Nurs­ing in Coun­cil Bluffs, Iowa.

Juanita was an ac­tive mem­ber of the United Methodist Church in Manilla where she was a mem­ber of the WSCS (Women’s So­ci­ety of Chris­tian Ser­vice), taught Sun­day School for many years and served as the Sun­day School Su­per­in­ten­dent. She was also ac­tive with the Shelby County Ex­ten­sion. An avid flower and veg­etable gar­dener, she had a pas­sion for grow­ing iris, mov­ing them with her over the years as she changed homes. Along with work­ing as a Reg­is­tered Nurse at Man­ning Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Man­ning, Iowa, from 1973 to 1982, Juanita was a de­voted farm wife, as­sist­ing her hus­band with the dairy farm un­til re­tir­ing to Bella Vista, Arkansas, in 1984.

In re­tire­ment, she was an ac­tive mem­ber of First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista, where she qui­etly served with a ser­vant’s heart, lead­ing Bi­ble stud­ies, mak­ing crafts for the bazaar and serv­ing in the United Methodist Women. Juanita also en­joyed sewing and made match­ing out­fits for her grand­daugh­ters as well as many of her own gar­ments. Juanita and Bob en­joyed trav­el­ing dur­ing their re­tire­ment and of­ten vis­ited their chil­dren as well as Cedaredge, Colorado, where her fa­ther had lived out his fi­nal days.

A memo­rial ser­vice cel­e­brat­ing her life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 2018, at First Bap­tist Church in Pekin, Ill. Pas­tor Ver­non Ris­ner will of­fi­ci­ate. Fur­ther ser­vices will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista, with the Rev. Jeanne Wil­liams of­fi­ci­at­ing. Pri­vate in­urn­ment will be in Bella Vista Memo­rial Gar­den Ceme­tery.

Pre­ston-Han­ley Fu­neral Homes & Cre­ma­tory in Pekin is as­sist­ing the fam­ily with ar­range­ments.

Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Heifer In­ter­na­tional, One World Av­enue, Lit­tle Rock, AR 72202.

To ex­press con­do­lences online, visit www.pre­ston-han­ley.com



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