Mae Dickerson 1916-2011

Posted on January 19th in Obituaries

Mae Dickerson, 94, died on Jan. 9.

She was born on Aug. 29, 1916, to Charles and Maude Coffey in Alberta Province, Canada, where her parents were school teachers.

While Dickerson was a small child, the family moved to Silverton. There, she completed elementary and high school. Later she attended business school in Portland.

She met Henry Dickerson in Portland and they were married on Oct. 12, 1940. Together, they had three children — Hank, Jr., Susan and Mary.

During World War II, her  husband served in the Navy, and Dickerson continued to live and work in Portland.

When he was discharged in February 1946, and following brief residences in La Grande, Fruitland, Idaho and Ontario, the family moved to Burns in January 1947.

Her husband died in 1974, but Dickerson continued to live in Burns until October 2008, when she moved to Albany to be closer to her children.

Family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Harney County, friends, the Pioneer Presbyterian Church and the family home on Buena Vista Ave. were the most important features of Dickerson’s life.  After moving to Albany, she would steer her visitor’s conversation to one or more of these items.

Dickerson loved backyard picnics with family, friends and neighbors. She loved to play bridge and, years ago, she thoroughly enjoyed playing golf with her husband.  She valued the time spent with her children’s school activities and friends.  The fair and rodeo highlighted each year. She was particularly proud of having been selected as Harney County Senior Woman of the Year.  In short, she felt that she had been blessed.

Dickerson is survived by her children, Hank, Jr. of Corvallis, Susan Schulte of Dallas, and Mary Dickerson of Albany; daughter-in-law Joyce Dickerson; son-in-law John Schulte; grandchildren, Lianne Bober, Mike Dickerson, Bryan Schulte and Darin Schulte; and great-grandchildren Michael and Rachel Bober. She is also survived by half-sisters and brothers, David Coffey, Patricia Davie, Ione Parrish, Spence Coffey and Susan Ciesielski.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hank and brother, Bob Coffey.

Funeral services were held at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church on Jan. 19, at 11 a.m., with interment at the Burns Cemetery.

Contributions in Dickerson’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior Center, Pioneer Presbyterian Church or the charity of one’s choice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488; Burns, OR 97720.


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