Marion Dickey

Published 10:45 am Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Funeral Services for Marion Dickey of Bandera, Texas are 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Bandera with burial will be in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on Monday, April 27, 2015. Rev. Dave Collett will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Brian Dickey, Gary Dickey, James Wilson, Alec Denbo, Richard Honea and Rodney Sosa. Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Grimes Funeral Home in Bandera..

Mrs. Dickey, 66, died April 18, 2015 at her home in Bandera after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Brookhaven to Gearld and Ruth Callender on June 3, 1948. She married Ronald Dickey on May 24, 1968 at the family’s church in Brookhaven.

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She attended secondary school in Brookhaven. Marion had three years of undergraduate studies in mathematics at the University of Mississippi before returning to college to graduate from Athens State University in 2000.She worked as a high school math teacher for the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) public school system for several years. She was an Army wife for 20 years, moving the family between Panama, Georgia, North Carolina, California, Colorado and the Netherlands before residing in North Alabama for 12 years, Maryland for 14 years and finally Bandera for the last year of her life. Each assignment brought new adventures and new opportunities to improve the community through work with the school system, Cub Scouts and volunteering with the American Red Cross. Each organization recognized her service to the youth of the communities, with one highlight being a certificate of appreciation from the NATO/SHAPE Red Cross Manager. First in Marion’s heart regardless of the home’s location was her faith in God and countless hours of teaching vacation Bible school and youth Sunday school classes. Many young men and women received solid life guidance through her faithful service on Sundays, Wednesdays and at summer camps.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Sherwin Callender; and an infant child, Jenny Michelle Dickey.

Survivors are her husband of 47 years, Ronald; daughter Melissa Wilson and her husband, Rev. James Wilson; a son Brian Dickey; a sister Toni Allen and her husband, Phillip Allen; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to First Baptist Church of Bandera (1302 Pecan Street, Bandera, Texas 78003). Marion’s family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Charles McCurly, the family doctor; the doctors and nurses of Methodist Stone Oak Hospital, Methodist Hospital and the START Center; and especially Amy and Lori with River City Hospice for the countless kindnesses and sincere sympathy extended by each. But, the warmest thoughts go out to the many friends and neighbors of Bridlegate Ranch and friends and members of First Baptist Church of Bandera, the Glen Burnie Baptist Church, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Independence, Mississippi, and the Cavalry Chapel at Ft. Meade, Maryland for their endless support over the extended period of Marion’s illness.

The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels by selecting the “send condolences” link.