Nina Elizabeth (Betty) Dimond, 84, Woodstock, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
She was born Thanksgiving Day 1930 to Albert Baker Dimond III and Nina Elizabeth (Ellis) Dimond in Decatur.
She graduated from Lovington High School in 1948 and earned her registered nurse degree from St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield, later earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing education from Millikin University in Decatur.
She moved to California and worked at several day care centers. She also received a Master of Arts in human development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, Calif. She was a licensed marriage and family therapist in California.
From 1977-1989, she founded and was the executive director of A Place for Parents, a nonprofit located in Santa Monica that provided education and problem solving for parents and preschool children. Later, she filled a number of counseling and administrative roles at Rim School District and Rim Family Services near her home in Running Springs, Calif.
In 2005, she semiretired in Woodstock and was active in home health care, volunteer therapy with her Labrador retriever, Emma, and in her church, Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, McHenry.
Survivors include her dog, Bella; a brother, Bill (Mary Lee) Dimond; four nieces and nephews, Ann (Bryan) Wiseman, Susan (Alan) Tempin, Tom (Joleen) Dimond and Nancy (Phillip) Sawyer; and seven grand-nieces and -nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; eight dogs and cats, Penny, Molly, Polly, Meggie, Zachary, Timothy, Henry and her most beloved, Emma, a famed therapy dog at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock.
A memorial service and tree planting will be held in the fall.
Details on the service and where memorial donations will be provided to anyone who returns an email address to the family at www.slmcfh.com.