Obituary of Ardyth Dietrich |

Obituary of Ardyth Dietrich

We thought this would be the most difficult thing that we would have to do…we were right. However, as we watched our mom in the hospital we took some comfort in knowing she was lost in a dream world instead of plagued by the dark reality that she was dying. It is with great sadness that Ardyth Dietrich (Porter) passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Our mom was an incredible mix of strength, vulnerability, grace and dignity. She was a wonderful mother, thoughtful sister, devoted wife, dedicated teacher and a true friend to many. Ardyth was born in Yakama, WA on October 7, 1938. She lived in Grass Valley for over 60 years, retiring from Nevada Union High School district after 22 years of teaching. Ardyth was married to Richard Dietrich and is also survived by her sister and brother Dolores Craig (Porter) and Russell Porter. In addition, she leaves her children Don Qualls, Toby Qualls, David Qualls, John Dietrich, Candyce Farber (Qualls) and Glenn Dietrich as well as 12 grandchildren and 3 great grand children. What can we say about our mom? There really are no words to describe our mother. There are only feelings, indescribable feelings. Feelings that make our hearts burst and our whole beings melt. Beautiful, brilliant, determined, compassionate, courageous and the most generous women we know…and man could she dance!!!

She was not only the life of the party, but often the reason for the party. At the end I was thinking my mom is like a swan-regal and elegant above water, but paddling like the dickens underneath. You gave all that you could mom. We will miss you. We will miss you every single day.

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