Nora Dickinson, Dalton, died on January 4, her 100th birthday. She passed into the arms of Jesus surrounded by her family. She was the widow of Clare Dickinson, who died in 1983.
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Born in Newton, she was the daughter of the late Dan and Belle Avery Winters. She was a member of the former Schultzville United Methodist Church and attended Mill City Assembly of God Church. She was a graduate of Newton High School. She retired from the Falls Dress Factory after 20 years, where she made many lasting friendships.
In her earlier years, Nora liked to work in her yard, trimming hedges and raking leaves and still used a weed whacker until the age 90. She was her family's prayer warrior. She was a member of My Brother's Keeper Ugly Quilt Project for the homeless; she loved going to work every Thursday morning with their group of dedicated ladies. She spent more than 20 years sewing on her treadle Singer, putting together scraps of material into matching patterns and colors. The finished "tops" were truly beautiful.
Her family would like to thank the Ugly Quilters for their loving friendship and support.
She is survived by her two daughters, Judy Owens and her husband, Tom; and Eileen Rickaby; five grandchildren, Tim and Tami Owens, Heather LaValley, Brian and Shaun Rickaby; great-grandchildren, Tom and Cody LaValley, Sadie Adams, Darren and Olivia St. Clair, Dagan and Hayley Owens, Jareth, Norah, Emily and Megan Rickaby; great-great-grandchildren, Graycin and Kylee LaValley, Leanna Cendona, Nora St. Clare and Owen Shylkofski; a sister, Charlot Houser; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, Edgar and Dan Winters; a sister, Gwen Sickler; a son-in-law, Jack Rickaby; a grandson, Dan Owens; and a grandson-in-law, Dwayne LaValley.
The family would like to extend its thanks to Hospice of the Sacred Heart in helping to grant Nora's wish of being able to pass away in her home.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Mill City Assembly of God Church, with services by Rev. James Rugg, pastor. A celebration of Nora's life and interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. For directions or to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.lawrenceey oungfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lake Winola Ugly Quilts, c/o Jan Herr, 202 Elm Drive, Elmhurst Twp., PA 18444.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 6, 2013