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Mary Evelyn Dickey passed away at the age of 85 on March 12, 2020 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming.
TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON AND A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN
A TIME TO BE BORN…
Mary Evelyn Redeford (Dickey) was born November 11, 1934, in Glenarm, Illinois, to LaRue and Bessie (Eynon) Redeford. Mary grew up on a farm near Glenarm and attended primary school at the Sunny Slope one-room schoolhouse. She graduated from Ball Township High School in Glenarm in 1952. After graduation, Mary worked for the civil service as a statistician for the Illinois State Police.
A TIME TO LOVE…
On April 25, 1954, Mary married the love of her life, Dale Dickey, at the Old Cumberland Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church. Grateful for sharing her heartfelt love and life are her two daughters Lisa Rickard of Laramie, Wyoming and Amy Switzer of Washougal, Washington. Mary is also loved by many who fondly think of her as their adopted mother and grandmother.
A TIME TO PLANT…
Mary and Dale moved their family from Illinois to Oklahoma and Texas and, finally, to Wyoming where they have resided since 1984. No matter where they lived, her belief was to “grow where you’re planted” and that’s exactly what she did. She was always involved in her church serving in many roles including United Methodist Women’s Group, Ad Council and Evangelism, Sunday School teacher, Lay Leader, Friendship Circle, Caregivers, Staff-Parish Relations, OATH senior group, the Prayer Chain and committee chair for carry-in dinners.
In the community, Mary was involved with the Logos youth program, American Cancer Society, TOPS, and the Pen Pals Program in the public schools. She served as an Associate Chaplain at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital. She had a unique talent as a great listener and was often called upon to help others in times of need, even when she was in need herself. She was a true example of how to live a selfless and grateful life even though she faced many physical challenges.
A TIME TO GATHER STONES…
In 1974 Mary was diagnosed with cancer and was not expected to survive. She prayed for a miracle and her wish was to “live to a ripe old age”. In true Mary style, she did just that. Her deep, abiding faith and love and devotion to her family gave her the determination, resilience, and positive attitude that inspired all who knew her.
Mary is survived by her faithful, loving husband, Dale, their two daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her sister.
A TIME TO LAUGH AND EMBRACE…
A visitation will be held Thursday, March 19 from 4-7 p.m. at Gillette Memorial Chapel.
A TIME TO MOURN, A TIME OF PEACE, AND A TIME OF CELEBRATION OF A LIFE WELL-LIVED…
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gordon Harper officiating.
A TIME TO GIVE…
A memorial has been established to benefit Gideons International. Memorials and condolences may be sent to the family in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com
Thursday, March 19, 2020
4:00 - 7:00pm (Mountain time)
Friday, March 20, 2020
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