Frances Elizabeth Boyette Dickson

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BURLINGTON - Frances Elizabeth Boyette Dickson, 97, died Feb. 14, 2014 in Burlington, with her family by her side.
She was born Aug. 11, 1916 to the late Lillian Cherry Boyette and Samuel John Boyette.
She grew up in Ahoskie, where she was valedictorian of her high school, and graduated from Louisburg College, where she was May Queen. She later enrolled in classes at the University of North Carolina.
She was married to Dr. Malcolm Shields Dickson of York, S.C. They lived in Oakboro, and moved to Burlington in the early 1940s, where with her help they established The Dickson Clinic.
Frances was very active in the Burlington community. She was a longtime member of Front Street United Methodist Church, where she was an elected honorary member of the Administrative Board, taught Sunday school for many years and was a Circle leader. She was a founding member of the Medical Auxiliary of Alamance County and was instrumental in establishing the Alamance County Antique Fair, which became an annual tradition with proceeds going to nursing scholarships. She was chairman of the committee which brought the N.C. Junior Girls' Golf Tournament to Burlington. She was a benefactor and trustee emeritus of Louisburg College. Mrs. Dickson was active in the Junior Service League and the N.C. Museum of History Associates as a representative. She was also a charter member of the Alamance Country Club.
Frances loved her family and grandchildren. She was an avid follower of the stock market, loved bridge, dancing, collecting antiques, reading and golf. We will miss her love and sage advice.
She was preceded in death by her husband Malcolm S. Dickson, and a sister, Louise Boyette Peterson.
Survivors include three daughters, Frances Cherry Dickson Woodbury of Wilmington, Anne Dickson May Bowen of Charlottesville, Va., and Elizabeth Dickson Gray Landis of Gastonia; seven grandchildren, Frances Gray Watson, Thomas Alexander Gray Jr., Frances Cherry Woodbury, Louise Woodbury Mann, Llewellyn E. Woodbury IV, Elizabeth May Wood and Benjamin V. May III; seventeen great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lillian Boyette Arrington.
A memorial service will be held at Front Street United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with a reception immediately following. Burial will be private.
We express deep gratitude to the wonderful care in her last years from the devoted nurses and sitters, Janice Allan, Chiquita Bowden, Donna Turner and Tyra Bowden and many others who were so devoted to her. Also we thank the Alamance-Caswell Hospice for the care and concern during her final days.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Louisburg College, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, or a .
Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is assisting the family.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.
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Published in Gaston Gazette from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2014
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