Pastor Tom Petersen
Organist ~ Glee Deutscher
Soloist ~ Brianna Bauer
"I Will Rise"
“How Great Thou Art”
Zeta Henrietta King, daughter of Henry and Katherine (Crosley) King was born Tuesday, November 21, 1916 in Springfield, South Dakota. Zeta attended school in Springfield, Avon and Scotland schools and graduated from Scotland High School in 1934. After the death of Zeta’s father, her mother, sister and five brothers moved to the west coast while Zeta remained in Scotland. In 1935, she married Harold “Dutch” Diede and to this union one son, Don, was born. While living in Scotland, Zeta was employed by Max’s Drug Store, Gemar’s Market and was a bookkeeper for the Scotland Creamery. In 1955, the family moved to Kaylor where Dutch was employed as a depot agent for the railroad and Zeta was employed by Farmer’s State Bank of Kaylor. She retired in 1978 after 24 years of service. Her husband died in March of 1979 and her son, Don, died in November of 1979 at the age of 43. Zeta then moved back to Scotland and spent much of her time traveling to visit her west coast family. She married Adam Schmidt, Jr. and lived in California for a short time before moving back to Scotland, where they purchased a home. Zeta and Adam attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Scotland and were active members of that parish. Upon Adam’s death, Zeta returned to the United Methodist Church in Scotland where she had attended at an earlier time. She was an active member of the UMW and served on the church council. Zeta was also a past Worthy Matron of the Augusta Chapter of the Eastern Star. Zeta loved to read and was an avid bowler, bowling on leagues in Scotland, Tripp, and Parkston. At the age of 94, after 50 years of bowling she ended her bowling career. She enjoyed her pinochle foursome and at the age of 84 learned and enjoyed the game of bridge. Her family was always the center of her life and she loved them very much. Zeta passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Oakview Terrace in Freeman, South Dakota, having attained the age of 95 years, 2 months, and 17 days.
Zeta is survived by her loving daughter-in-law, Laverne Diede of Freeman; granddaughter Kim (Gregg) Uecker of Freeman and grandson Cory Diede of Spearfish; five great-grandsons: Tyler, Travis and Tanner Uecker of Freeman and Baker and Devin Diede of Spearfish. She is also survived by her step-daughter, Mary Lynn (Ray) Marchi of New Mexico, step-son-in-law Chris (Rose Marie) Clarke of Louisiana; three step-granddaughters: Cindy Pendergraft Bromberg, Jennifer Clarke and Mildred Sutton; two step-grandsons: Ed Matthews and Andrew Clarke; seven step-great-grandchildren: Breanne Pendergraft Jones, Aaron Clarke, Michael and Cori Beth Sutton, Dustin Casey, Cierra Clyde and Brayden Clarke; and a sister-in-law, Agnes Ireland of Scotland.
In addition to her parents, Henry and Katherine King, she was preceded in death by both husbands and her son, Don, five brothers, one sister, one step-granddaughter and one step grandson.