Centerville lost a tremendous friend and confidant Friday, May 30, 2014. Ruth Ann Dickerson passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Ruth Ann was born Dec. 29, 1940 to Centerville residents Raymond and Deloris (Davis) Houser. She received her education from Centerville Schools. She was united in marriage to Richard Lee Felkner in June 1959; he preceded her in death in July 1966. To this union were born three children, Robin Ann, Kelly Lee and Randy Richard. Later in life Ruth Ann would marry again to Charles Lyle Dickerson on Dec. 27 1967. He preceded her in death in November of 2003.
Ruth Ann received an Associate of Arts degree from Indian Hills Community College in Centerville; Bachelors’ degree in education from Northeast Missouri State College in Kirksville, Mo.; and a Masters’ degree from Drake University. She had a passion for working with people, especially children. She taught Title I at Central Elementary School and later at Mystic Elementary, until retiring in 2002. Ruth Ann was the recipient of numerous awards, including; Masonic Teacher of The Year, CEA Mishler Award, Certificate of Recognition award upon her retirement in 2002, Friend Recognition, United Methodist Women, Special Mission Recognition, Best Teacher Award, Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Girl of the Ear and Girl of the Year.
Ruth Ann always gave to the community that she loved, volunteering at Pancake Day (having her children and grandchildren help at the milk stand), voting polls, blood donor days, M&M’s (Methodist Church), Historic Preservation Committee, Friends of Drake Public Library, First United Methodist Church and was still able to substitute teach until January 2014. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, PEO, President of TTT and on the Board of the Municipal Housing Agency.
Ruth Ann, not only loved spending precious time with her family, she cherished the time spent with her friends. She was an upbeat lively woman, always a smile on her face and didn’t know the definition of the word no. Always a positive note and a helping hand made Ruth Ann Dickerson a valuable part of her family, church and community. She will be truly missed by all who knew, and met her, family, friends and acquaintances.