Nina Elizabeth Dimond |
Born: 1930; in Decatur
Died: June 10, 2014
On Thanksgiving Day in 1930, Nina Elizabeth (Betty) Dimond was born in Decatur, Illinois to Albert Baker Dimond III and Nina Elizabeth Dimond (nee Ellis). She graduated from Lovington High School in 1948 and received her registered nurse degree from St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield. After earning a B.S. in nursing education from Millikin University in Decatur, she moved to California and worked at several day care centers. She also received an M.A. in human development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California and was a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. From 1977-1989, she founded and was the executive director of A Place for Parents, a non-profit located in Santa Monica, California that provided education and problem solving for parents and pre-school children. Later, she filled a number of counseling and administrative roles at Rim School District and Rim Family Services near her home in Running Springs, California. In 2005, she semi-retired in Woodstock, Illinois and was active in home healthcare, volunteer therapy with her Labrador retriever, Emma, and in her church, Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She left us peacefully on June 10, 2014.
She is preceded in passing by her parents; and her dogs and cats, Penny, Molly, Polly, Meggie, Zachary, Timothy, Henry, and her most beloved Emma, a famed therapy dog at Centegra Woodstock.
She is survived by her current dog, Bella; her brother, Bill (Mary Lee) Dimond; four nieces and nephews, Ann (Bryan) Wiseman, Susan (Alan) Tempin, Tom (Joleen) Dimond and Nancy (Phillip) Sawyer; and seven grand nieces and nephews.
The family requests that no flowers be sent. We will hold a memorial service and plant a tree in memory of Elizabeth in the fall.
Details on the service and where memorial donations may be directed will be provided later through her church, her condominium association and to anyone who returns an email address to the family through the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home website, www.slmcfh.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on June 19, 2014