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Wanda Kay Dirks-Hill


August 30, 2018

Wanda Kay Dirks-Hill

Wanda Kay Dirks-Hill

Wanda Kay Dirks-Hill was born on Feb. 3, 1939, in Lamont to Cecil and Catherine Colyar and died from complications related to cancer on Aug. 11, 2018, in Spokane. Kay graduated from Lamont High School and married Clinton Dirks in September of 1957. Together they raised four children on a farm north of Sprague. After raising their children, Kay enrolled in Eastern Washington University and earned her teaching degree. She taught for several years in the Sprague School District.

Kay was actively involved in her community, leading and sustaining organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, and serving on the local school board. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and participated on local and synod-wide committees. Kay moved to Riverview in 2010 to be near Clint, who resided in the care center until his death in 2011. She married Dennis Hill in 2013 and enjoyed getting to know his children and grandchildren. They enjoyed travel and created memories on their numerous trips throughout the world.

Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Clint. She is survived by their four children, Jackie, Joni (John) Ransom, Patti (Mark) Ostby, Randy (Kristin) Dirks, and 10 grandchildren. She is also survived by her husband, Dennis Hill, sisters Carol (Darrell) Dyer and Sue (Lonnie) Lynch, brother "Skip" (Angel) Colyar, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Kay's life will be held at Riverview in the Terrace Room on Sept. 15, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. Her funeral service will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sprague on Sept. 22, 2018, at 1 p.m., with a potluck to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to a couple of Kay's favorite organizations: St. John's Lutheran Church, PO Box 343, Sprague, 99032, or Lutheran Community Services, NW, 210 W. Sprague Ave, Spokane, 99201.


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