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Ruth D. Dickson a long time resident of Erdenheim, died peacefully at home November 7, just 12 days before her 97th birthday. Whenever asked about her age, she would say proudly, "If you wait until November, I'll be 97." Ruth was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Logan. She attended Simon Gratz High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1938 with a degree in Psychology. Her first and favorite job was an assistant to Mrs. Harcum at Harcum Junior College. She married William R. Dickson at the end of WWII, and after living in San Francisco, they moved to Erdenheim in 1947, where they raised their family. Ruth was a cheerful volunteer throughout her life. She was a nurse's aide during WWII. Later she participated in scouting, served as a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, took care of aging family members, helped elderly neighbors on her street, volunteered at Chestnut Hill Hospital, and delivered Meals on Wheels for many years with her friend Kay Rex. A lover of history and antiques, she was a founding member, along with her friend Sue Westrum, of the Livezey Chapter of Questers. She was looking forward to celebrating the 60th anniversary of the chapter in the spring. She loved animals, especially her dogs, and when caring for a pet full time became difficult, she often "dog sat" for a friend, and enjoyed visits from neighborhood and family dogs. Ruth is survived by her children, Annette Gumbrecht (Jack) and Bill Dickson, granddaughters Megan (Tony Palmer), Leah Colfer (Ed), and Amanda, and great-granddaughters Cameron Gail Palmer, born September 26 and baby girl Colfer expected December 5. Ruth was a strong-willed, independent, and wise woman, who was loved and will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her generous giving of her time, and her positive, practical, and self-effacing attitude. She lived her values and, along with her husband, set a strong foundation of goodness for their children and grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, at 11:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Bethlehem Pike and Mill Road, Flourtown, PA 19031. The service will be preceded by a calling hour at 10:15 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth's name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield; the Pennsylvania SPCA, 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134; or Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels, Keystone House, 8765 Stenton Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA 19038.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Nov. 16, 2012
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