Ruth Curd Dickinson, 83, passed away suddenly while baking on January 17, 2017 at her home in Topeka, Kansas. Born April 27, 1933 in Wilmore, Kentucky and raised in Evansville, Indiana., Ruth was the youngest of five children of the late Robert Franklin and Ruth Dale (Peckinpaugh) Curd and granddaughter of the late Robert and Lillie (Rough) Curd of Jessamine County, Kentucky and of the late Harry and Lola (Huffman) Peckinpaugh of Evansville, Indiana. She met her future husband, Jacob Alan “Skip” Dickinson, at the University of Chicago (graduated 1952), married him (1953) in Spokane, Washington, and moved several times while he served in the Coast Guard (Eureka, California; Honolulu, Hawaii) and continued his education (Norman, Oklahoma). In 1959, Ruth moved to Topeka, she raised three children, participated in numerous community groups and activities, and, from 1967, worked in public policy and mental health. She divorced (1974), earned her M.P.A. at the University of Kansas (1976) and left Topeka (1979) to begin a 20-year career in fundraising, returning to the University of Chicago and continuing in Milwaukee, St. Louis (Washington University), San Antonio (University of Texas), and Manhattan, Kansas (Kansas State University), before retiring to Topeka (1997).
Ruth is survived by son Jacob (Janis) of Long Beach, California, daughters Sara (Camillo Imbimbo) of Genoa, Italy, and Ann (Michael) Mahoney of Hillsborough, California, eight grandchildren (Carl, Ellen, Alex, James, Lane, Grace, Christopher, and Iolanda). Ruth will be greatly missed by Linda Dickinson Spalding, many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Service will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave, Topeka, KS 66603.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Topeka Symphony Endowment Fund, PO Box 2206, Topeka KS 66601-2206.
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