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Constance Macdonald Dickson

1926 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Constance Macdonald Dickson Obituary
Constance Macdonald Dickson July 12, 1926 -July 16, 2013 Constance Dickson, beloved wife and mother, passed away on July 16, 2013, in Bakersfield, California in the ranch home on Stine Road she occupied for 56 years. She was born Constance Lee Macdonald on July 12, 1926 in Dinuba, California to Carrie Virginia VanNoy and Robert Eldon Macdonald. The youngest of three daughters, she grew up in Bakersfield and attended Roosevelt Grammar School, Kern County Union High School, and Bakersfield College. She continued her education at the University of California, Berkeley in 1945. When returning home she taught 2nd grade at Union Elementary School. It was during that year she met a local veterinarian, Dr. Robert S. Dickson. They were married on June 14, 1947, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bakersfield. After entering the US Army, Bob was sent to Japan for overseas duty in July 1947. Constance stayed in Bakersfield and worked for Standard Oil. She joined Bob in Japan the next year. While stationed in Hokaido, Japan, their first child, Caroline Louise, was born in 1949. Later that year they returned to Bakersfield and started their first home in a three bedroom house on Robin Road. In 1957 the growing Dickson Family moved to the country to a ranch house on Stine Road. In addition to raising 12 children, Constance's interests included reading, music, bridge group, and community service. She was a long-standing member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church having joined the church as a young girl in 1936. Her service in the church included serving on the church vestry. She was a member of many service organizations including Junior League, PEO, Camp Fire Girls, and . During the late 1980s she served on the California Board of Trustees. She enjoyed this greatly as it took her often to meetings in San Francisco. Constance was deeply involved in school activities of her children which included after school sports, band, piano lessons, 4-H, Saturday Adventurers, and FFA. She will be remembered for her tremendous dedication to her family. She devoted 34 years raising her 12 children to adulthood. No easy task to accomplish requiring amazing strength of character, remarkable self-sacrifice, and unending staying power. The fact that all 12 of her children graduated from college brought her great happiness and satisfaction! Constance was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Robert Smyles Dickson, who passed away in 1976, and by her sister, Marian. Her sister Amy survives. Additionally, she is survived by her husband of eight years, Michael Daly; her 12 children, Caroline Berry (Fred) of Dinuba, CA; Christine Dickson (Ken Harris) of Woody, CA; Chuck Dickson of Bakersfield, CA; Russell Dickson (Sue) of Bakersfield, CA; Marnie Dickson of Bakersfield, CA; Emily Peckham (Rich) of Acampo, CA; Chet Dickson (Linda) of Granite Bay, CA; Georgene Becerra (John) of Hollister, CA; Patsy Templeton (Mitch) of Lafayette, CA; Robert Dickson (Jude) of Urbandale, IA; Mickey Dickson (Brynn) of Aliso Viejo, CA; and Virginia Dickson of Menlo Park, CA. She leaves 3 nieces and 5 nephews, 25 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren throughout California, Michigan, and in Iowa. She will best be remembered by her family and friends as a kind, generous, and loving friend and mother whose quiet strength of dignity, humility, and integrity will always be an inspiration. A memorial service is planned at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2216 17th Street, Bakersfield, on Thursday, July 25, at 11:00am with a reception following in the Parish Hall. A graveside interment precedes the service at 9:00am at Greenlawn Memorial Park 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the , Cure Alzheimer's Fund (http://curealz.org/), or a . www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from July 20 to July 22, 2013
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