MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Emily Anne (Talbot) Dickman was born June 10, 1919, to Paul Burton Talbot and Grace Adair (Dunlap) Talbot in Des Moines, Iowa. She passed away peacefully April 10, 2013, going gently into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was the grand age of 93.
Her family moved to DeKalb during the Great Depression where she completed her high school education and worked at her first job as a piano tuner for Wurlitzer. She met and married Max James Dickman in 1942 and they moved to Highland Park in southern California to start their new life together. She was a homemaker while Max worked for MGM as a camera grip on "The Wizard of Oz," and for Howard Hughes as a birch wood laminator on the mighty HK-1 Flying Boat project, more commonly known as the "Spruce Goose."
They moved to Menlo Park, Calif., in 1947, to raise their children. Max passed away in 1960 and Emily began her career in the electronics industry working for Kaiser Aerospace. She was a line supervisor and proud to be part of the "Heads Up Display" project, a night vision helmet made for military pilots.
Emily retired in 1984 and moved to Anacortes, Wash., where she shared many dinners and movies with her dear friend, Adele Walters. She loved working in her yard, feeding the birds and volunteering at the Salvation Army Food Bank. She was chosen twice for the RSVP Volunteer of the Year Award.
In 2008, Emily moved to Burlington to be closer to her family and always loved their visits and get togethers. Her claim to fame was being the original owner of her white 1971 Dodge Charger. She appreciated all the "thumbs-up" signals given by passing motorists and notes left on the windshield from interested buyers of her "Nellie."
Traveling was one of her favorite things to do and frequently said, "Just tell me when to have my shoes on and I'll be ready!" She took many trips with her son and daughters over the years touring the United States, Canada and New Zealand. While visiting San Francisco, Emily walked the entire span of the Golden Gate Bridge in both directions to commemorate her 80th birthday.
Emily is survived by her son – Ron Dickman and his wife, Pat of Post Falls, Idaho, his son: Todd Dickman, and grandson: Maxwell – Judy Fisher of Mount Vernon and her son: David Fisher of Sacramento, Calif. – Lisa Davies and her husband, Michael of Bow/Waterville, their son: Levi Davies and his wife, Julie of Sedro Woolley, and grandchildren: Isaak, Amiaya and Bowen – Melinda Davies and her husband, Nick of Lynnwood, and granddaughter: Allison. She also is survived by her two brothers, Roy and Larry Talbot, sister, Marilee McDermott and her husband, Leo, all of DeKalb; plus numerous nieces and nephews, and their families.
Emily's children sincerely thank Dr. Michael Dillard and his team; the staff at Mountain Glen Retirement Community and Natalie Newman, hospice nurse, for their compassionate care. Also, their appreciation goes to Pastor Nick Harris of His Place Community Church and hospice chaplin Lynn Rabenstein for their spiritual support and friendship.
At Emily's request, no services will be held.
Friends and family can make a donation in her memory to Hospice of the Northwest, P.O. Box 1376, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273, The Salvation Army Food Bank, 3001 R Ave. Suite 100, Anacortes, WA 98221 or a
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, Wash., and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Emily, sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.