RICEVILLE — Lauraine Miles Dinger, 94, of Riceville, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 24, 2003) at the Riceville Community Rest Home from complications of a series of strokes. Private inurnment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Riceville.
Lauraine was born May 22, 1909, on a farm northeast of Riceville, to William and Estella (Wildman) Miles. On June 3, 1944, she married Lyle Dinger, a Navy Seabee in Denver, Colo.
Lauraine was the only mother in the U.S. history to have two sons rise through the ranks of the State Department to become U.S. Ambassadors.Lauraine is survived by her children, Ambassador Larry (Paula) Dinger of Kolonia, Pohnpei, Micronesia, Jan (Rev. Daniel) Duggan, of La Crescent, Minn., Ambassador John (Michael) Dinger, of Washington, D.C., and a stepson, Glenn (Elizabeth) Dinger, of Riceville.
Her grandchildren are Cristina, James, and William Dinger, Joshua, Whitney and Andrew Duggan, and Tai Dinger. She has four stepgrandchildren, Beth Dinger, Brenda Singelstad, Paul Dinger, and Susan Swancutt; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Lauraine was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Donald and Manley Miles; an infant daughter, Peggy; and her husband, Lyle, in 1986.
Lindstrom Funeral Home in Riceville is in charge of arrangements.