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Duane and Betty (Wencel) Ready are celebrating 60 years of marriage! Duane and Betty met as students at Campion Academy, where they dated for two years, then graduated with the class of 1952. They attended Union College for a year, then were married on June 28,1953, in the Boulder Seventh-day Adventist Church. After later moving to the Denver area, their first child, daughter, Barbara, was born. Three more daughters were born in subsequent years, Cheryl, Wanda, and Donna. Their family now includes three sons-in-law, five grandchildren, and a first great-grandchild expected in August: Barbara and Jerry Wall, with children, Jeremy and wife, Lindsey, Brittany McLachlan and husband, Matthew; Cheryl and Reggie Bland, with sons, Travis and Nathan; Wanda Ready; Donna and Don Reeder, with daughter Jessica.
Duane worked as a ceramic tile setter for 45 years, before retiring from that profession, but continuing to work as a handyman. Betty worked as a secretary and bookkeeper, first at the Arvada SDA School, then later for a CPA, where she worked for 24 years. She currently works part-time for her daughter, Cheryl. They purchased their first home in Commerce City, then bought their next home in Arvada, CO, now “home” for 51 years! In 1979 they purchased a few acres south of Leadville. Construction of a cabin was initiated the following summer, and evolved over several years. It is a favorite place for Duane and Betty to spend time, along with family and friends.
In the first 25-30 years of marriage and raising a family, they loved to camp, fish, go four-wheeling, and ride trail bikes in the Rocky Mountains, camping first in a tent, then in a trailer. Many miles were accumulated, with longer trips to Canada and Alaska. When they reached “empty nest” status, they continued their travels–favorite trips have included Hawaii, California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and Arkansas, to name a few. Some trips have been to visit or travel with family and friends, others have been events such as graduations and Relay for Life, but many simply for sight-seeing and relaxation. In 2009, they traveled to Corozal, Belize, on a 10-day Campion Academy mission trip with granddaughter, Jessica, assisting in the construction of the Sabbath School rooms for the Corozal Church.
Favorite hobbies for Duane are hunting, fishing, and woodworking. Betty enjoys photo albums, crocheting, cross-stitch, and her flowers and garden. Natives of Colorado, Duane grew up in Cedaredge, moving to Denver, in 1940; Betty grew up in Hygiene. During their academy years, Duane was baptized in the Loveland SDA Church, and Betty in the Greeley SDA Church. They transferred their memberships to Denver Central SDA church in downtown Denver in 1954. They served the church for many years, Duane as a deacon and Pathfinder leader, Betty as deaconess, clerk, and Sabbath School teacher/leader. When the church moved from downtown to its current location, they moved, too, continuing as members with Denver First SDA Church. Duane installed ceramic tile in the main church building, and youth building and chapel. Renamed as LifeSource Adventist Fellowship, they continue as long-time members of the church, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary there with family and friends in June of 2003.
Congratulations, Duane and Betty!
Duane and Betty 2013
Married in 1953
Duane and Betty at the Leadville cabin
The “Ready” Family
Genevieve Dickerson, 94, of Collegedale, Tennessee, died June 23, 2013.
Born July 31, 1918, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, Genevieve was the 5th child in a family of 11. She graduated from Enterprise Academy in Manhattan then spent her life working for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, first as a Bible worker in Kansas. Later she taught elementary school for four years. She served as girls’ dean at Enterprise Academy. Four years later, she was called to Campion Academy where she was the dean for four years. She became the assistant dean of women at Union College in 1957 a position she held for 17 years. While at Union she finished her degree and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion.
Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Nina Bell Dickerson; her brothers, Morel, Amos, Melzer, Richard and Melvin; and three sister, Esther Allen, Edith Swartz, and Lucille Turk. She is survived by her sister, Eva Nordgren; brother, Robert Dickerson and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Union College, 3800 South 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506.
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