Dorothy Ficken, 95

Dorothy Sue (Bundy) Ficken was born April 8, 1916, to John Henry Bundy, Sr., and Mossie (Mise) Bundy on a farm northeast of Springfield. Dorothy was baptized as an infant at the First United Methodist Church in Springfield. She attended elementary and high school in Springfield, graduating with the class of 1935.After graduation she worked as a Nanny for 10 years. During these years Dorothy hand pieced many beautiful quilts and crocheted doilies. While working at a home by Gretna, she met Peter Ficken. They were married June 28, 1945, at North Platte. Dorothy and Pete lived and worked at Updike’s Cattle Ranch north of Maxwell for several years. They then bought a farm near Ansley, where they specialized in raising pigs.They lived on the farm until Pete died of a heart attack in 1982. Dorothy moved to an apartment in Ansley, where she was active in American Legion Auxiliary.Dorothy moved back to Springfield 22 years ago, being one of the first three to live in the new Springfield Heights Apartments. Dorothy loved flowers and for many years she planted flowers in the flower bed in front of the apartments.She was always a faithful walker, walking around town three miles a day until failing health when she still walked two miles a day in the halls.Dorothy moved into the Huntington Park Care Center in October 2009, where she remained until her death Feb. 3, 2011, in the presence of family members.She is survived by sisters, Naomi Rutherford of Jacksonville, Fla., and Eva Jane Meisinger of Murray; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Virginia Brown and Ruby Duckworth Rainey; and brothers, Otis, James, John Jr., Arthur and Robert Bundy.Memorial services were Feb. 19 at the Springfield Methodist Church with the Rev. Marvin Neubauer officiating. Private burial of ashes will be at a later date in the Ansley cemetery. Kahler-Dolce Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.Published in Custer County Chief, 4-28-11