Jimmie L. Dittlinger

February 9, 1920February 8, 2014
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Jimmie Ella Lee Dittlinger, 93, died peacefully at home on Saturday, February 8, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Jimmie was born on February 9, 1920 in Manor, Texas to Rufus and Bertha Francis Lee.

She was a graduate of Manor High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin. On May 13, 1943 Jimmie married Wesley Dittlinger, fulfilling a prediction she made at age 10 when she saw him at a county picture memory contest. Over their 70 years of marriage, they worked together as a team to build a life that was both meaningful and rewarding. During Wesley’s 20 year naval career and many tours at sea, Jimmie displayed the strong qualities needed by a Navy wife. After Wesley’s retirement from the Navy, the family moved to Hawaii and then California. Jimmie worked for many years as a secretary. She retired in 1975 from the Naval Civil Engineering Lab in Port Hueneme, California, where she was an executive secretary. She had many fond memories of working with the Sea Lab program in an office that overlooked the Pacific Ocean. In 1977 Jimmie and Wesley moved back to Texas to be near their children and settled in Austin. Some of Jimmie’s interests included attending Bible Study Fellowship (of which she was a graduate), spending time with family, cooking, traveling, and playing Liverpool Rummy with her friends.

Jimmie was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Dorothy Lee, and Clara Jean Fisher; and by her brothers, Aaron, Rufus, and Roy Lee.

She is survived by her husband, Wesley Dittlinger; son, Stephen Dittlinger and wife, Jackelin; daughter, Carol Ideker and husband, Dwane; granddaughters, Jamie Dittlinger Medellin and husband, Isaac, and Stephany Dittlinger; great- granddaughter, Annabel Lee Medellin; brother, Dan Lee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank caregivers Irma Maya, Irma Trevino, Dee Rebai, Margie Russell, and Rose Lockhart for their kindness in tending to Jimmie’s needs. We also extend our gratitude to Dr. Steven Dobberfuhl, Dr. Thomas Baldacchino, and Dr. Peter Miller for their compassionate care of Jimmie. To the staff at Austin Home Health, Home Instead, South Austin Hospital, and Hospice Austin, we express our appreciation for your amazing support during difficult times. Each of you has helped to make this journey an easier one. Finally, to the wonderful neighbors on Grennock Drive, thank you for the countless ways you have shown your love and support to Jimmie and Wesley. You continue to be a daily blessing.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home with Reverend Jeanne Devine of Berkeley United Methodist Church to officiate. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park. A reception will follow at Berkeley UMC, 2407 Berkeley Avenue.

For those desiring memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jimmie to Berkeley UMC, Manor UMC, or Bible Study Fellowship.



  • Visitation Tuesday, February 11, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 12, 2014


  • Interment

Jimmie L. Dittlinger

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ann dittlinger

February 13, 2014

"My heart is saddened in knowing that Jimmie Dittlinger has passed. I will always remember her for the way she made me feel as her daughter-in-law, she accepted me for who I'am. I can honestly say that she never judged me. she loved my three daughters dearly, Jamie along with her two sisters Rossi and Stacey.Times change,lives change, but love never changes.I will always love my former mother-in-law, everyone should be as lucky as I was. Both she and Wesley made my life complete and those memories can never be changed nor taken from me. Rest in peace Jimmie,I will miss you dearly..My condolences to my former father-in-law Wesley, Carol Ann, Stephen and to all family members. Respectfully Ann Dittlinger

Shirley Lukenbill

February 12, 2014

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Dittlinger and Ideker families at this time. As a friend of Carol, their daughtrer, I have had the pleasure of visiting Mr. and Mrs. Dittlinger and I always appreciated their gracious hospitality. What stood out so strongly to me was their love of God, family, and country. Mrs. Dittlinger has left a great legacy of love and memories with her loved ones. I'm grateful to have known Mrs. Dittlinger.

Cynthia Kepler-Karrer

February 12, 2014

I will be in prayer. I was grateful to know Jimmie while I was at Berkeley, and I loved watching Jimmie and Wes together.

Keith Ragsdale

February 12, 2014

Aunt Jimmie was one of the most godly women I have known. She was a loving Aunt always and always had a kind word for everyone. I remember especially how she made my 18th birthday in California one of the most special I have ever had introducing me to a night of "Hawaii" at a local Hawaiian restaurant. She and Uncle Wesley made my whole stay so very special. She always had joy in her spirit and shared her laughter. She never missed a special date and remembered all of our birthdays throughout our lives with a special card or phone call on the exact date. No one could ask for a more wonderful Aunt in their lives! She will be greatly missed! My love and prayers are with you Carol Ann and Stephen, Dwane, Jamie and all the family. Love, Keith

neighbor, Tajsha Johnson

February 12, 2014

Mrs. Dittlinger leaves us all with a treasure of loving memories. We are praying for her family in this difficult time. May she rest in peace.

Stacey Hupp

February 11, 2014

In the last several years, I have thought of Jimmie often. I remember the warmth of her home, her soft hands, her delicious waffles, Toodles and I remember her bathing my darling baby sister, Jamie, in the kitchen sink! =) With some of my youngest and sweetest memories, I send the most heartfelt condolences to her beautiful family. With love and respect-Stacey Hupp

J.D. and Evelyn Lee

February 11, 2014

Deep sympathy to Jimmie's family, especially Wesley and Dan.