Dianne Ruckle, 75, of Portland, Tenn., went to sleep in Christ on May 9, 2021. She was a dearly loved wife, caring mother and grandmother, and a friend to all in her community. She was deeply devoted and passionate about her friend Jesus.
Dianne was born in 1945 to Cecil and Mabel Parker in Madison, Tennessee. She spent many years growing up in Florida, completed her college studies at Southern Missionary College for nursing. In 1961, she met Ralph Ruckle, and they wed in 1967, going on to have three children, Brian, Brent, and Laurie. She was a nurse for many years and loved being a mother. They moved to Portland, Tenn. in 1976 where Ralph was a family practice physician for over 40 years. Dianne helped in the office, was an infection control nurse for Highland Hospital, worked for Sunbelt Home Health, and as a hospital chaplain. She was an active member of the Highland Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Her passion was to share Jesus Christ to her family and friends through prayer ministries and through her involvement in the life of church. She enjoyed walking in nature, cooking healthy food, and loved watching birds at her bird feeder.
She is survived by husband, Ralph Ruckle; sister Annette Wiles; brother David (Pamela) Parker; children Brian (Amber) Ruckle of Indianapolis, Ind., Brent (Heidi) Ruckle of Georgetown, Ind., and Laurie (Eirik) Schlisner of Hampshire, Tenn.; grandchildren Golda, Lydia, Emma, Elena, Elijah, and Kathryn, and Aldrin. She was preceded in death by her father Cecil Parker and mother Mabel Parker.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for the Highland Elementary School Worthy Student Fund, 234 Highland Circle Drive, Portland, TN 37148.
Burial was at Old Brush Cemetery in Portland, Tenn. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on May 30, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Highland SDA Church. Gilbert Funeral Home in Portland, TN is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements for the Ruckle family.
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Highland ElementarySchool Worthy Student Fund
234 Highland Circle Dr., Portland TN 37148