Betty “Jean” Dierker passed away at her home in Harrisburg, MO, at the age of 86.
Jean was born May 22, 1926, in Chicago, IL, to Willard and Helen Trower.
She married William W. Dierker on August 22, 1948; he preceded her in death on April 8, 2013.
Jean graduated from Stephens College in Columbia with a degree in Child Development. She helped establish Immanuel Baptist Day Care Center in Hannibal, MO, in 1972. Jean and her husband moved to Columbia in 1975, where she worked for Community Nursery School until she retired.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol Janes (husband Bud), of Hannibal, MO, and a son Mike Dierker (wife Susan) of Harrisburg; four grandchildren: Julie Leach (husband Patrick), of Kansas City, KS; Justin Janes (wife Kelly), of Hannibal, MO; Shaun Dierker, of Columbia, MO; Erin Dierker of Troy, NY; and two great-grandchildren: Kiersten Leach and William Leach, of Kansas City, KS.
Jean loved her family, her country home, and the mountains.
As she requested, there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to William Dierker Nature Trail at Hannibal LaGrange University 2800 Palmyra Road, Hannibal, Missouri, 63401 or the Immanuel Baptist Daycare Center, 3600 McMasters Ave, Hannibal, Missouri.
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