Ellen Kay Dirks, 85, of Hampton, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. She was born on November 11, 1935, in Hampton, to Manley J. and Hazel F. (Azeltine) McCormick.
Ellen attended Prairie Side #9 Country School thru 7th grade. She then attended and graduated from Franklin Consolidated in Latimer. Ellen met George Dirks and they were united in marriage on April 1, 1961, in Chapin.
She worked for the United States Post Office for 30 years, working in Meservey, Mason City and Hampton, and retired on June 19, 1991. Ellen was an officer on the county, district, and state level for the Iowa Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary, as well as an officer for the American Legion Auxiliary in Meservey. She was a member of the Candle-Stick Chapter National Daughters of the American Revolution, where she was chapter officer and regent, and was a long-time member of the Hampton United Methodist Church. Ellen was instrumental in getting the NSDAR plaque on a stone for the Old Stone House near Geneva. She enjoyed playing golf and caring for flowers.
Ellen is survived by her husband George Dirks, son Dr. Ross (Terry) Dirks, daughter Rita Dirks, grandson Michael Dirks, sister Linda Fae (Tracy) Hayward, brother-in-law Don (Mae) Dirks, sister-in-law LaVonne McCormick, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Manley and Hazel, in-laws George and Alice Dirks, brother Bob McCormick, sister Cora Lee (Duane "Curly") Thielen, sister Carol Dee (LaVerne) Thielen, sister Marilyn (LeRoy) Miller, sister-in-law Eiola (Bob) Kramer, sister-in-law Grace Dirksen, brother-in-law Dick Dirksen, and nieces Joyce Miller, Ashley Thielen, and Linda (Kramer) Tjarks.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Hampton United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 1, 2021, at Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton. Burial will be in the Meservey Cemetery at a later date.
Ellen Kay's service will be live streamed via "Zoom" at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
To join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 897 6245 4603
Memorial contributions may be given in memory of Ellen Kay Dirks to MercyOne North Iowa Hospice, Mason City or Gateway Hospice, Clarion.
What a lovely service for a lovely lady! I just watched the picture video. Such a pleasant way to share memories of Ellen Kay's life. I especially enjoyed seeing the pictures of her younger days.
George, Rita, Ross, Terry and Michael have been in my thoughts especially this day. May being together help to support one another. Linda
Hampton, IA 50441
Hampton, Iowa 50441
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