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Ruth Curd Dickinson 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 was lively, engaging, widely traveled, and interested in innumerable subjects. She loved cooking, books, museums and art. Her Victorian house cookies were featured in a book on decorative baking, her cheesecake and dilly bread cherished by many, her hand-dyed textiles among her many exquisite gifts to family and friends. Ruth enjoyed frequent visits to Europe, as well as Mexico, China, and India. She was an Episcopalian, a staunch Democrat, and involved with numerous groups, including the Topeka Symphony, the Topeka Public Library, and the League of Women Voters. 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. To read the full obituary or to leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com. Ruth Curd Dickinson



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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25, 2017.
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January 26, 2017
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50,76)
A. M.
January 26, 2017
Tears... I am so very very sorry for your deep loss. Her daughter Sara was a kind and beautiful soul I knew at Boswell Junior High and Topeka High School. May God Comfort her family and give them peace. Sleep in Heavenly Peace Sweet Angel. God Bless Your Beautiful Soul Forever.
Mrs. Linda Colombo
January 25, 2017
I am so fortunate to have had Ruth as my first boss for my first real job out of college. During my father's illness, she was extremely understanding and supportive. She was vibrant, funny, smart and interesting. She led a rich life. I hope your find comfort, hope and joy in your memories of this wonderful woman.
Joan Spoerl
January 22, 2017
Everything written about her life is so how I remember her as I was growing up. So smart and always reading and baking. She shared her love of the world and arts by doing- a great example. I know she will be greatly missed by many. I pray for peace for the family and friends.
Renee Brungardt Williams
January 22, 2017
As a good friend and high school classmate of Skip Dickinson, I came to know Ruth when she first arrived in Topeka. She was the kind of person one feels fortunate to know over a lifetime: highly intelligent, a lovely lady, and a genuinely nice person.
Bill Carpenter
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