Ruth Ann Dalke (nee Johnson), 85 years of age, of Beatrice passed away at her home in Beatrice, March 25, 2020. She was born on November 16, 1934 in a parsonage in Elm Creek, Nebraska to the Reverend A.W. Johnson and Irma Johnson (nee Peck). Her early childhood was spent in Minden and the family moved to Fairbury when she was 15 years old. She graduated from Fairbury High School in 1952. There she fell in love with Dean Dalke and they were married September 11, 1955. Ruth was the very first bride to be married in the new Fairbury United Methodist church! She had received her nursing degree a year before, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Her favorite nursing position was with Bryan Hospital where she was the head nurse in the emergency department.\nThe young couple moved to Beatrice in 1963. Dean practiced law and Ruth became active in many organizations. She was dedicated to her children, Doug and Jan, supporting them and their friends as a Scout leader and PTA member. Ruth was an active member of the Centenary United Methodist Church and served on the church board of directors and many committees. She enjoyed being a member of the United Methodist Women's group and going to church circle meetings. Through it all, she managed to gather Dean and the kids for lunch at home almost every day.\nShe was a lifelong volunteer - active in many community functions where she could use her nursing skills, such as the free vaccination clinics for children and being a volunteer hospice nurse. She served on the Beatrice Hospital Board of Directors for many years. She also was a member of the Children's Guild and spent many hours supporting the Bargain Box shop benefitting what is now Mosaic. She delivered Meals on Wheels, worked at the Beatrice Food Pantry and was a past-president of P.E.O. chapter Z. Her private passion was sewing, and she was a remarkable seamstress, making her party dresses, community player costumes, drill team skirts and fitting brides maid dresses. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren and especially at Johnson Lake.\nSurvivors include her daughter, Jan Linee Dalke Anderson of Evergreen, Colorado; daughter-in-law, Karen Dalke of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandchildren Matt Dalke of Portland, Oregon; Nick Dalke of Evergreen, Colorado; Biz Dalke of St. Paul, Minnesota, Max Shaulis and Annika Shaulis both of Denver, Colorado. Sister-in-law Shirley Johnson, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Brother-in-law Arlie Dalke and wife Barbara, of Phoenix, Arizona; sister-in-law Diane Cantwell and husband Larry, of Leavenworth, Kansas.\nShe was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Dalke, her son Dr. Douglas Dean Dalke; parents, Rev. A.W. and Irma Johnson; siblings Lois Mitchell (Mitch), Alden Johnson, and Donald Johnson (Carol).\nCelebration of Life services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, August 13, 2021 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Beatrice. A register book will be available for signatures from 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Centenary United Methodist Church and the Beatrice Community Food Pantry with the funeral home in charge. Sign Ruth's online guest book at www.ghchapel.com\nThese services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.