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Maude Dickinson

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Maude Dickinson 1935 - 2012 NORTH ADAMS On Sunday, July 1, 2012, Maude Dickinson passed away at the age of 76, after years of brave and tireless struggle against cardiac complications; she passed under the careful and devoted care of hospice at CLR, Mrs. Dickinson enduring with what can only be described as the most supreme reverence and admiration. Although the physical condition of her heart brought about her death, her spirit never faltered in its magnanimous efforts to bring wisdom and beauty to all that surrounded her. Through her trials, she showed that although life may test the body, love transcends all judgment and opposition. Maude Ann Dickinson was born Maude Rounds in 1935 in Williamstown, Mass. She has two siblings, Marian Hanson and Samuel Rounds Jr. (Deceased). She was the faithful wife of Albert Earl Dickinson and the loving mother of four: Debra Anibal of Anza Calif., Denise Collin of Carpinteria Calif., Albert Dickinson Jr. (Deceased) and Paul Dickinson of North Pownal, Vt. She is the beloved grandmother of five: Sofia Collin, Jake Dickinson, Kaitlyn Dickinson, Jasmin Dickinson and Gabrielle Dickinson. Maude Dickinson worked most honorably at North Adams Hospital as an aide and at Southwestern Vermont office of the Aging attending to the needs of those in financial and physical disadvantagedevoting her life to the service of those in need, a role which she embodied in her entiretyportraying the furthest demonstration of wisdom, generosity and loyalty. Those young and old would seek her advice, as her open-minded grace and trustworthy advice undid wrongs and untied many knots with the patience and the humble wisdom attainable only by true clarity and appreciation of human beauty. She used to say to her children, "I love you no matter what." As there are no conditions, no definitions of what love is; it is simply the overwhelming, and all consuming flourish that forever ties lives together. There is no transgression, no act or mode of being that could change this sentimentlove is beyond all rhetoric and reason. Calling hours will be held this Thursday, July 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. Graveside service will be Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at the North Pownal cemetery. The services will be hosted by Mrs. Dickinson's daughter, Denise Collin. She will forever be present in her absenceas love cannot die; love does not cling to the fleeting existence of the body, but to the space of memory and the eternity of the soul's recollectionwhich weaves the phantasmagoria of our future; for "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (1 Corinthians 13.7). Please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com. To be missed but never forgotten: Rest in Peace, Maude Dickinson (1935-2012). We love you "no matter what."

Published in Bennington Banner on July 3, 2012
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