January 12, 1906 ~ June 6, 2008
ELOISE (OLDS-WENDORFF) DIKIS LIVED FOR 102 YEARS. HER LIFE WAS NOT EASY, YET SHE NEVER COMPLAINED. HER HEART AND HANDS WERE ALWAYS BUSY, COMFORTING OR HELPING SOMEONE WHO WAS IN NEED. SHE AND HER SCHOOL TEACHER HUSBAND RAISED 4 CHILDREN DURING THE DEPRESSION WHO PRODUCED 14 GRANDCHILDREN AND 33 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.
OUR MOM MANAGED TO CIRCLE THE GLOBE SEVERAL TIMES AND VISITED OVER 50 COUNTRIES. SHE FOUND TIME TO WRITE LENGTHY NARRATIVES ABOUT THE TRIPS. SHE PARTICIPATED IN MANY COMMUNITY AID PROGRAMS SUCH AS COOKING MEALS IN A CHILDREN'S MOUNTAIN CAMP FOR 120 INNER CITY YOUTHS, PREPARING HOLIDAY AID PROJECTS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY, KNITTING AFGHANS FOR THE HOMELESS WITH THE NEPTUNIAN CLUB IN MANHATTAN BEACH, AND PLAYING THE ORGAN AND ENTERTAINING THE RESIDENTS IN RETIREMENT HOMES WHO WERE USUALLY YEARS HER JUNIOR. FOR YEARS SHE GAVE REFUGE TO MANY FOSTER CHILDREN AND OCCASIONALLY A FEW RELATIVES AS WELL BY PROVIDING A HOME AND A WELCOME TO THESE NEEDY PEOPLE.
MOM HAD MANY PASSIONS. SHE LOVED HER DOGS AND RAISED A VARIETY OF SPECIES AND DACHSHUNDS BECAME HER PERSONAL FAMILY IN HER LATER YEARS. SHE SPOON FED AND RAISED MANY BIRDS AS WELL AS A MONKEY WHO ALL BECAME PART OF HER EXTENDED FAMILY. IN THE EARLY FAMILY YEARS, CHICKENS, DUCKS, CALVES, RABBITS, GOATS HELPED TO FILL THE KITCHEN LARDER. IN HER 80'S, SHE BOUGHT A COMPUTER, AND BEGAN WRITING FAMILY HISTORIES AND EVENTS OF HER LIFE. HER FAVORITE PROJECT WAS TO WRITE ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN 'S BOOKS WITH STORY LINES OF BIBLICAL EVENTS. ONE OF THESE PROJECTS WAS PUBLISHED MUCH TO HER DELIGHT. STILL AVAILABLE AT HER SOUTH BAY UNITY CHURCH.
SHE TOUCHED MANY PEOPLE IN HER LONG LIFE AND GAVE TO ALL HER LEGACY OF A STRONG CHRISTIAN BELIEF AND AN EXAMPLE OF ONE PERSON LIVING A LIFE OF SERVICE AND GOOD WILL. SHE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND HER MESSAGE OF "it will all work out" WILL BE OUR GUIDE DURING OUR TRAVELS IN LIFE.
ONE GRANDSON WROTE:
When I think about Grandma, there are a few things that come to mind.
She never complained, about anything. She always had a smile on her face.
She hung up without saying goodbye.
I will remember her scratchy voice and her laugh.
I will remember the times she would read her diary to our family after returning from one of her trips around the world. I can still hear that voice.
She was a hard worker, productive and had a hard time sitting still.
Her hands characterize her: she used them to write, to knit, to care for poor, to play the organ, and, and the day before she passed away, as my oldest daughter commented, they were so soft, like those of a baby. I will miss her.
SHE LOVED LIFE HERE ON EARTH. YET SHE HAD NO FEAR OF HER TRANSITION, SHE KNEW SHE WOULD BE IN GOD'S PRESENCE.
WE WILL ALL MISS HER, SHE MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR SO MANY. SHE WAS A GREAT WOMAN AND A GREAT MOM.
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