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Bettyann, of Cincinnati, Ohio (age 90) passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Better known as "Cricket" (the naturalist) and "Dolly the Clown", Bettyann was the daughter of Ethel and Arno Beck, and a lifelong resident of Cincinnati. Preceded in death by her parents, sister Marno Christensen, and husband, Emil Kenneth Dickey. Bettyann is survived by her sister Ethelwyn "Becky" Annandale, children Cherylann "Cheri" (Edward) Brinkman, Alan (Dawn) Dickey, and April Dickey (James) Anderson, grandchildren Heather Hollaender (Eric) Miller, Allison Brinkman (Sean) Shroeder, Lauren Dickey, Kevin Dickey, Liam Anderson and Lance Anderson and great-grandchild Beatrix Miller. Graduating from Hughes High School in 1941, Bettyann went to work for Beck Studios, her family's stage equipment business, before attending business college, and eventually studying geology and art at the University of Cincinnati. Bettyann married Emil Dickey in 1947 to whom she was happily married for 50 years. She actively supported his small business as bookkeeper. In 1960, she wrote and published a booklet entitled "Cincinnati's Lost Ocean" and gave numerous "fossil talks" to introduce Cincinnati-area schoolchildren and adults to the geological treasures in their own backyards. She served as a Girl Scout leader for both of her daughters, (volunteering with the Girl Scouts for over 50 years and working with her Girl Scout troop to create a "Clowning" badge), a Cub Scout den leader for her son, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) volunteer at Pleasant Ridge School, longtime singer for the Melodears women's chorus, professional clown, and lifelong naturalist. In her role as "Dolly the Clown", she and her girl scout troop marched in numerous parades, including Cincinnati's St. Patrick's Day parade and Montgomery's 4th of July parade. Additionally she and the Girl Scout clowns visited nursing homes to bring joy to the residents with their shows. She developed a clowning routine to provide entertainment for children's birthday parties (including the opportunity for everyone to "see her as a grandma" without her make up). As "Cricket" the naturalist, she provided programs to connect children with nature, leading fossil hunts, teaching children about flora and fauna, and making "rock soup." She always loved to be outdoors, and continued to spend time outside as often as she could. An active member of 2nd Church of Christ, Scientist located in Clifton, Bettyann taught Sunday School and served as the Sunday School superintendent. At 1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Silverton, she served as an usher, 2nd Reader, and 1st Reader. She continued to be a loved member of 1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Wyoming at the time of her passing. A Christian Science service celebrating her life will be held on August 23 at 11:00 am in the Cedars of Lebanon Chapel located in Spring Grove Cemetery. Donations in her memory can be made to her church, 1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Wyoming, OH or Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.
Gwen Mooney Funeral Home
4389 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45223
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Aug. 19, 2014