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Lucille Ditman
A graveside service is set for 10 a.m. Friday at Acacia Cemetery in Modesto for Lucille Viola Stinson Wallace Ditman, 91, of Hughson. She died May 17, 2012.

A memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Calvary Chapel, 4300 American Ave., Modesto.

Born Aug. 1, 1920, in Cerrogordo, Ark., Lucille married Martin Wallace in 1939 and had two children by him, Bonnye and Terry. She studied at Southeastern College in Oklahoma, then began her teaching career with an emergency credential. The family moved to California before Terry's birth. Martin died in 1948 leaving Lucille with two young children. She continued her education attending summer classes at University of San Francisco and taking night classes at University of the Pacific. Lucille married George Ditman in 1955, and gave birth to Carolyn. With her husband she farmed walnuts, peaches, and almonds before moving to near Modesto Junior College for over 30 years. She was widowed in 2007 after 52 years of marriage.

Mrs. Ditman's 32-year teaching career included time at Hart, Jennings, Westport, Caswell, James Mashall, Beard, and Rose Avenue elementary schools. She taught over 1,000 children during her career, with more than half that time in third grade. She was active in Modesto Teacher's Association, Stanislaus Retired Teachers Association, and was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Branch 3199. She was a past president of Modesto Community Concert and belonged to the American University Women. She volunteered over 7,000 hours at Doctors Medical Center as a pink lady.

She was a PWHP of Yosemite Shrine, PM of Modesto Electa Chapter OES, and PWM of Order of Amaranth. She had been an avid RV traveler and belonged to many travel clubs. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Modesto since 1949, where she taught Sunday School and served with the Seniors many years.

She leaves behind her children Terry, and Carolyn; and nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter Bonnye.

Remembrances may be sent to Big Valley Christian School Scholarship Fund.

-Ceres Courier/ May 23, 2012