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January 6, 1949 ~ September 19, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Elizabeth "Liz" Sumner Dickman, 74, passed away on September 19, 2023, in Burlington, IA. She was born on January 6, 1949, in Rockport, IN to Albert and Esther (Little) Sumner. She married the love of her life, Gene, on April 4th, 1970. He preceded her in death on August 28, 2013.
Liz was cherished for her warm and kind-hearted nature. Her smile could light up any room, and her genuine kindness touched the lives of everyone she met. Liz had a way of making others feel like family, and her presence will forever be felt in the hearts of those who knew her.
Liz had a true passion for gardening and had a green thumb that was only rivaled by her mother. Not only did she have a knack for making her surroundings beautiful; Liz also had a unique sense of style and often appeared as if she walked straight off the runway from New York Fashion Week (in fact strangers often thought that she and her daughter were sisters!)
Liz enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially over a good cup of coffee or a butter pecan ice cream cone (which was the only time she would allow a treat instead of a home-cooked meal for dinner).
Her favorite thing in life was being with her grandchildren and watching them in all of their various endeavors. She was the happiest in the front row cheering them on. She now has the best seat in the house. A close second was the special time she spent with her sisters each year during "sisters weekend" (What happens during sisters weekend stays with sisters weekend)
Liz dedicated many years of her life to serving others as a cook and cafeteria manager for the Tell City School Corporation. She took great pride in her work and brought joy to those she served. After her retirement Liz served as a volunteer at Perry County Memorial Hospital.
Liz is survived by her loving daughter, Misty (Ryan) Harris of Burlington, IA. Their bond was unbreakable, and Liz's memory will live on through the love they shared. Grandchildren: Brooke Elizabeth, Emma Jean, and Noah Ryan Harris of Burlington, IA. Siblings: Richard (Priscilla) Sumner, Carolyn Cash, Peggy (Larry) Cardin, Connie (Mike) Kahler, Judy ( Jim Roehm) Sumner, Brenda (Richard) Simpson, Henry Sumner, and Nickii (Danny) Freeman; several nieces and nephews, honorary grandchildren, Laney and Everley Davis and dear friend Mary Jo Sabelhaus.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Doris Davis and Debbie Sumner
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 29th, at 11:00 am at St. Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Kolbe Wolniakowski officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Troy.
A visitation for Liz will take place on Thursday, September 28th, from 3pm to 7pm and on Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home.
In memory of Liz and in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Perry County Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Center.