OBITUARY

Martha Elizabeth Dinkens

October 26, 1939December 13, 2018
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Dinkens, Martha Elizabeth 79 of Knoxville, TN passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018. She was preceded in death by husband, Ernest Dinkens. Martha is survived by daughter, Darlene Harvey; non son-in-law, Tom Wooten; son, Mike (Marilyn) Dinkens; grandchildren, Daniel Zopp, Carrie, Michelle, and Shawn Dinkens, Valerie Crisp, Jamie Blanton, Adam Lovvorn; great granddaughters, Hanna and Paisley Zopp, Hailey Crisp, Katelyn Cartwright; great grandsons, Austin Mikels, Isaac David, Cameron Crisp, Luke Woodall; nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Sunday, December 16th from 1-2pm at Berry Highland South on Simpson Road with graveside service following at 2pm.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Sunday, December 16, 2018
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Biography

Martha Elizabeth Dinkens was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Martha was born on October 26, 1939 at home in Knoxville, TN. Her parents were Elmer and Rosetta Troutman but she considered her step dad Joe Wrinkle her Dad. Martha was raised in Knoxville,TN. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Dinkens household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Martha was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Martha was raised with 3 siblings. She had two older brothers, Melvin and Bob and 1 older sister, Pauline. Martha and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Martha was always consistently loyal to her family.

      As a young child, Martha was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Martha developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Martha took part in basketball and softball. In her spare time she liked to play jacks. However, what Martha enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Martha as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She attended Young High School until her senior year. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was home economics. Martha was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Martha always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Martha was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Martha was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Martha to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were Bobbi Brown, Stella Houser, Ann and Clara Wrinkle. Later in life, she became friends with sister-in-law, Vangie Troutman, Pat Morgan, and Patsy King.

      On July 27, 1957 Martha exchanged wedding vows with Ernest Gene Dinkens at the Court house in Sevierville, TN. Compassionate and devoted to Ernest, Martha held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Ernest and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

      Martha brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Martha was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Martha was blessed with 2 children; one daughter, Darlene and one son, Mike. They were also blessed with 4 grandchildren, Carrie, Daniel, Michelle, and Shawn; 3 great grandchildren, Hanna, Paisley, and Isaac.

      Martha greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Martha enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Martha was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was food service. She was employed for 10 years by Knox County School Food Service working at Gap Creek Elementary School. Martha worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Martha liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Martha always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were working in her flower beds, feeding and watching birds. Martha was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Martha found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, she could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. She applauded those who won, and she enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find herself wrapped up in those details. Recreational sports included playing softball. She would watch her favorite sporting events whenever she got the opportunity.

      Martha was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Martha’s favorites was Gizmo, a pekingese dog. They were best friends for 11 years.

      When Martha’s retirement finally arrived in 2001, she was well prepared. She always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things she knew, so she was very confident in planning her retirement. She had begun the process early and had her retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, she found new pleasure in more time more her gardening and family. Even in retirement, Martha continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in her new community and felt fulfilled.

      Martha Elizabeth Dinkens passed away on December 13, 2018 at Fort Sanders Hospital from an aneurysm in her stomach. She is survived by her children, Darlene and Mike; grandchildren, Carrie, Daniel, Michelle and Shawn; great grandchildren, Hanna, Paisley, and Isaac. Services were held at Berry Highland South Funeral Home. Martha was laid to rest in Berry Highland South Cemetery.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Martha Elizabeth Dinkens. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.