LORAIN - Mabelle Dickinson (nee: Slack), 95 years of age, and a resident of Lorain, formerly of South Amherst, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at her home.
She was born October 29, 1917 in Wakeman, Ohio. Mabelle had lived most of her life in South Amherst before moving to Lorain, where she resided with her granddaughter Diane for the last seven years.
Mabelle's greatest joy in life was her family, beginning with her supportive husband Richard. They had the kind of household where family and friends were welcome at any time and where you would always find something good to eat.
She was an active and supportive member of South Amherst First United Methodist Church. She and her husband helped operate the church's food outreach cupboard which eventually became known as "Mabelle's Cupboard". She hosted a Bible study at her home for years as well as being active with church leadership. Mabelle had been professionally involved with the Amherst Schools and teacher
organization for twenty-seven years. She started teaching the sixth grade in 1960. That soon led to a position as part-time librarian and teacher. In 1963, she received her Bachelor's Degree along with her son graduating right along with her. In 1965, she obtained her Master's Degree and soon became a full-time librarian. In the 1960's, Mabelle became a member of ATA's Legislative Council and in 1987 she attended her last meeting after twenty-five years of continuous service. She served as President of ATA for three years in 1967, 1968 and 1969. Mabelle was active in NEOTA from 1969 to 1982 and served as President in 1973, and was on the Prestigious OEA Executive Committee. From 1974 to 1982 she traveled to Columbus meetings many times. For eight years she was on OEA's Reading Circle-- which brought thousands of books to the libraries of the Amherst Schools. She attended every NEA Convention held all over the country from 1969 to 1982. During this time of traveling to conventions and meetings she developed an interest for CB use and was known as "Bacardi Belle".
She was known to her students as a woman educator who was assertive and dedicated. Mabelle remember by her family as being spirited, thoughtful, well-spoken, responsible, well-adjusted, empathetic, forceful, satisfied, happy in life, and a very good friend and confidant.
Mabelle had all kinds of retirement plans. She continued having organ lessons, collecting miniatures for her dollhouse, and knitting and crocheting. Also, Richard and Mabelle satisfied their dreams of traveling. And of course, Mabelle read books.
Survivors include her sons and their wives Gerald and Dorothy Dickinson of Lorain, Harold and Bev Dickinson of Amherst, Jon and Marianne Glaser of Taylor, Michigan; daughter Sandie Miles of Amherst; grandchildren Ron Dickinson, Diane Risdon, Anthony Glaser, Brett Dickinson, Aimee Dickinson-Wilson, Andrea Dickinson, and Stephanie Miles-Looney; six great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter; and her brother and his wife Sam and Val Slack of Amherst; and her caregivers Fran Lesniak and Jeanne Lamlein who faithfully cared for her for five years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years Richard Dickinson in 2001; her brother Wayne Slack; sister Dorothy Amenhauser; and her parents Sam and Lula Slack (nee: Bailey).
Friends may call Thursday, March 28, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 7:00 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. The Rev. Gary Lunsford, pastor of South Amherst First United Methodist Church will officiate. Graveside service will be held Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to South Amherst First United Methodist Church; 201 West Main Street, South Amherst, OH 44001 or the Amherst Public Library; 221 Spring Street, Amherst, OH 44001.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.