At her request there will be no funeral service. Her ashes will be scattered with her husband's in the Brooks Range of Northern Alaska.
Mrs. Dinkins was born Nov. 25, 1926, at Portland, to Carl and Ethel Jones Forkner. She grew up and attended schools in Portland, graduating from Lincoln High School. She went on to Oregon State University where she met her husband-to-be Harold "Hal" Dinkins. They were married May 4, 1947, at Multnomah.
After college, Mr. Dinkins joined the military and the couple traveled the world for the next 20 years while raising their two daughters. They had interesting assignments in Japan, West Point, New York and Mexico, and throughout the United States.
In Mexico, Mrs. Dinkins developed what was to become a lifelong interest in archeology.
After retirement, the couple lived at Fairbanks, Alaska, for 25 years. They were avid outdoors people pursuing their mutual love of hunting, fishing, canoeing and hiking. They always had a freezer full of wild game and many harrowing tales of their backwoods adventures.
In 1993, the Dinkins moved to Heppner where Mrs. Dinkins mother's family, the Joneses, originated. During her years in Heppner she became involved with St. Patrick's Senior Center, golfing, the Bookworms and more hunting and fishing. She developed a beautiful garden around her home and was especially fond of flowers. She was an avid reader and did exquisite needlework, crocheting and delicate handcrafts.
Her husband, Hal, died in 1996.
Survivors include her daughters, Cynthia Brown of Eugene, and Betty Gaylor of Alturas, Calif.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Senior Center, P.O. Box 266, Heppner, OR 97836, or Pioneer Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 9, Heppner, OR 97836.
Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in charge of arrangements.