Adelia “Dee” Marie Stoecker, 68, died June 17th, 2013 at her home in Dodge City with family and friends at her side.
She was born April 10th, 1945 in Dodge City, KS, the daughter of Beryl & Helen Haun.
She was an educator foremost, beginning her teaching career in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands before returning to Kansas in 1974. She taught third grade at the Jetmore Elementary School for over a decade before moving on to become their Elementary School Librarian. In 2000 she took over as the Dodge City High School Librarian until her passing. She was an alumna of Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University. She was a member of the American Library Association and loved to travel with her colleagues around the country to ALA conferences and events. She was Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee for the Kansas Association of School Librarians and given the “Distinguished Library Media Specialist” award in 2010 by the KASL. She was a member of the Gourmet Club, Circle of Hope, The Royal Order of The Giraffes and The Depot Theatre Guild all of Dodge City and a member of The Minerva Club of Spearville. She also thoroughly enjoyed hosting foreign exchange students and enlarging her international family during the past two decades, often giving a yearlong home to students from all over the world.
Despite enduring a battle with metastatic breast cancer that took her life, Dee never stopped living life to its fullest. Even in the last months she traveled to see friends and family, dined and toasted to joys that life affords. She constantly bought books for all the children she knew around the country as she so firmly believed that in the world of literature, a child can find anything they wish or want to be and with that, anything becomes possible in life.
Survivors include her son Michael J. Stoecker of Lawrence, KS, her sister and brother-in-law Virginia and Duane Traylor of Denver, CO, her niece Nancy Casey of Phoenix, AZ, her nephew and his wife Scott and Susan Traylor of Oak Park, IL, her cousin Consuelo de Choudens-Holtzer of Strasbourg, France and her ex-husband Gary Stoecker of Spearville, KS, in addition great nieces and nephews Chloe and Collin Casey of Durango, CO and Jackson and Catherine Traylor of Oak Park, IL.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at The Depot Theater, 201 E Wyatt Earp Blvd, Dodge City on July 21st, at 3:00 pm. There
will be no public visitation, cremation has taken place. The family suggests
donations to the Dodge City Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave. Dodge City, Kansas 67801.
Condolences may be left at www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com