Ruth Dede Concordia University
will honor eight individuals with honorary degrees/awards at commencement ceremonies of the university's 110th academic year on Saturday, May 8, in Seward.Those being honored are Dr. Robert Huckfeldt of Sacramento, Calif., (Doctor of Letters), Andrew Smith of Dallas, Texas and Brent Kilback of Papua New Guinea, (Doctor of Laws), Dr. Helena Pasiakova of Tisovec, Slovakia (Master Educator Award), Joann Mirly of St. Louis and Ruth Dede
of Tucson, Ariz., (Crest of Christ Award), and Phyllis and Merle Beckler of Seward, Neb. (Distinguished Service Award).
...Joann Mirly and Ruth Dede - Crest of Christ Award
...Ruth DedeA native of Iowa, Ruth Dede of Tucson, Ariz., served as a Lutheran teacher in Minnesota and was active in many Christian summer camps.
After marrying the Rev. Roland Dede, they moved to Oakland, Calif., where Roland eventually became the president of Concordia College
.Ruth worked for the State of California with job placement in the Youth Division, where she served many Concordia students.She
was active in music, participating in church choirs.They eventually moved to Seward in 1967, three years before the Lord called Roland home.Upon the death of Roland she
directed all memorials to the planting of trees around the Concordia campus in honor of her
husband.While in Seward, she was an active member of the Concordia Guild where she enjoyed meeting and visiting with students, including making cakes for them on their birthdays.Currently, she is a member of Fountain of Life Lutheran Church in Tucson, where she is a strong promoter of Bible study.She is involved with crafts for the Lutheran Women's Missionary League bazaar, prepares quilts for Lutheran World Relief, makes hospital visits and is the representative to the Good Shepherd Home in Tucson.She is often the designated driver for many in the church who rely on her to attend church activities.
90th birthday, Fountain of Life recognized her
outstanding service to the church.