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Wanda Kay Dirks-Hill


Last updated 8/23/2018 at Noon

Wanda Kay Dirks-Hill was born on February 3, 1939 in Lamont, Washington and died from complications related to cancer on August 11, 2018 in Spokane, Washington.

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.

As she sent her last child off to college, Kay enrolled in Eastern Washington University and earned her teaching degree. She taught for several years in the Sprague school district before retiring to spend more time with her grandchildren.

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 shared a love of travel and created wonderful memories on their numerous trips throughout the world.

Kay was a vibrant woman with a quick mind and a generous spirit, and she will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Catherine Colyar and her husband Clint.

She is survived by their four children Jackie, Joni (John) Ransom, Patti (Mark) Ostby, Randy (Kristin) Dirks, and ten grandchildren. She is also survived by her husband Dennis Hill, her sisters Carol (Darrell) Dyer, Sue (Lonnie) Lynch, her 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 September 15 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Her funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sprague, Washington on September 22 at 1:00 pm, 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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