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Phillis Dirks - July 20, 2009


Phyllis Mae Dirks, youngest daughter of George and Margaret Krueger Brinkema, was born one mile north of Amherst on May 31, 1939. She had two sisters, Delores and Virginia. She died after a lengthy battle with cancer on July 20, 2009 at her home in Holyoke.

Phyllis was baptized into the Christian faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst on June 18, 1939. Later, she reaffirmed her baptismal covenant through her confirmation vows, also at St. Paul’s, on May 3, 1953.

Phyllis began elementary school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Amherst. During 1949 and 1950 the family moved to Orange, Calif. where Phyllis attended St. John’s Lutheran School. Upon the family’s return to Amherst, Phyllis completed her grade school education at the Amherst Public Grade School. Phyllis attended Phillips County High School in Holyoke, graduating in 1957.

Phyllis and L.D. Dirks were married in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst on Feb. 24, 1957. Following their marriage, they moved to a farm seven miles north of Holyoke, where they worked for L.D.’s parents for two years.

In January of 1960, they moved four miles north of Amherst where they worked for 10 years in building up a farm and ranch.

In September of 1970 the family moved to a farm one and one-half miles southwest of Amherst where they remained until April of 1983 when they moved to their home in Holyoke.

Phyllis was very active in her church. While a member at St. Paul’s in Amherst she served as an officer of Ladies Aid, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and helped wherever her talents were needed.

After moving to Holyoke, she joined Zion Lutheran Church where she also served as an officer in Women of Zion, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and was a member of the church choir. While at Zion, Phyllis made numerous banners for use in worship. She also made a special banner, which was used at the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League District Convention held in Sterling.

Her love of her Savior was evident in the beautiful work she did and the quiet unassuming way she accomplished it. Her desire was to bring glory to her Lord and Savior.

In addition to her work on the farm, care for her family and involvement in the church, Phyllis also belonged to Willing Helpers Club, where she held various offices.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, George and Margaret; one sister, Delores; and one son, Derek.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, L.D.; a son, David and wife Julie of Amherst; a daughter, Gretchen Dirks of Aurora; a sister, Virginia Brinkema of Holyoke; five grandchildren, Stephan, Landon and Lucas of Amherst and Brady and Ashley of Holyoke; one great-grandson, Ty Sandquist; one great-granddaughter, Aeryn Dirks; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial service for Phyllis was held in Zion Lutheran Church of Holyoke on July 29. Rev. Gary A. Rahe officiated. Arrangements were made by Gerk Funeral Home of Holyoke.

Memorials have been designated to Hospice of the Plains and University of Colorado Cancer Fund.