Mabelle Dickinson (nee Slack), 95, of Lorain, formerly of South Amherst, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at her home.
She was born Oct. 29, 1917, in Wakeman. 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 and was active with church leadership.
Mabelle had been professionally involved with the Amherst Schools and teacher organization for 27 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 a bachelor's degree and graduated alongside her son.
In 1965, she earned a master's degree and soon became a full-time librarian. In the 1960s, Mabelle became a member of the Amherst Teachers Association legislative council and in 1987 she attended her last meeting after 25 years of continuous service. She served as president of ATA from 1967-1969.
Mabelle was active in the Northeast Ohio Teachers Association from 1969 to 1982, served as president in 1973, and was on the prestigious Ohio Education Association 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 National Education Association convention held across the country from 1969 to 1982. During this time of traveling to conventions and meetings, she developed a interest for CB use and was know as "Bacardi Belle."
She was known to her students as a woman educator who was assertive and dedicated. Mabelle will be remember by her family as 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, and Jon and Marianne Glaser of Taylor, Mich.; 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 and one great-great-granddaughter; her brother and his wife, Sam and Val Slack of Amherst; and caregivers Fran Lesniak and Jeanne Lamlein, who faithfully cared for her for five years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Richard Dickinson in 2001; brother, Wayne Slack; sister, Dorothy Amenhauser; and parents, Sam and Lula Slack (nee Bailey).
Services were held Thursday, March 28 at Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst, with the Rev. Gary Lunsford of South Amherst First United Methodist Church officiating.
Graveside services were held Friday at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to South Amherst First United Methodist Church, 201 West Main St., South Amherst, OH 44001; or the Amherst Public Library, 221 Spring St., Amherst, OH 44001.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Hempel Funeral Home - Amherst
373 Cleveland Avenue
Amherst, OH 44001
Published in The Amherst News-Times on Apr. 4, 2013