Anne Adair Dierking
Anne Adair Dierking, of Iowa City, formerly of Sioux City, went home to God on March 29, 2018, at the age of 81, after a courageous six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Since her diagnosis, she experienced wonderful, loving care from her team of doctors in Iowa City and spent her last days under the compassionate care of the Mercy Hospital Hospice unit.
Services will be 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 140 Gathering Place Lane, Iowa City. There will be no visitation.
Anne was born Jan. 31, 1937, to Carl and Jean Larson, the youngest of three daughters, and was raised in Aurora, Ill. She graduated from Aurora High School in 1955 and went on to graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in education in 1958. After teaching for two years, she married Gene Dierking in June 1959. In 1965, they moved to Sioux City, where they remained for 50 years until relocating to Iowa City in 2010.
Anne lived a life that reflected her great faith, and held many active and leadership roles in service organizations throughout her life. These included the Scottish Highlanders, Alpha Chi Omega sorority, First Presbyterian Church, PEO, Meals on Wheels and Alpha Chi alum club. She also spent considerable time working with the Stephen Ministry and founded the prayer shawl ministry at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church.
Anne loved nature, in particular her "happy place" in the woods and lakes of Ely, Minn. Water fed her spirit, whether she was swimming in it, floating on it, paddling a canoe or just sitting on the shore soaking in its beauty and peacefulness.
She is survived by her husband, Gene; her children, Louise, Jim and Bill; and a sister, Eleanore Cowles.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Jean Larson; and a sister, Gayle Carr.
Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospital Hospice Care, Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church Organ Fund and Briarwood Health Care Center.