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POQUOSON - Lois Anne Wood Dickerson, 97, died at Dickerwood, her home of 41 years in Poquoson, on Friday, February 27, 2015. She was born on August 24, 1918 in Spartanburg, SC, to Pleas and Elizabeth Wood. One of ten children, Lois described her childhood as idyllic Southern aristrocracy with a touch of barefoot country color. Lois was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Brigadier General George W. Dickerson (US Army, retired); by her brothers and sisters, Myrtle, Francis, Reather, Maude, Mattie Lee, Jim, Dick, Arthur and Milton; and by her devoted dog, "Peter." She is survived by nieces and nephews from both sides of the family. Lois Wood and George Dickerson met before the attack on Pearl Harbor when George, newly graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), was a dashing new Second Lieutenant of Infantry. George rose in rank to Lieutenant Colonel during 39 months of fierce combat served with the Army of the Pacific while Lois faithfully awaited his return. The couple married in Kansas City on April 21, 1946, and embarked upon 53 years of marriage. During the ensuing 26 years of George's military service, the Dickersons moved nearly every three years, spending almost half of their time overseas. Though separations were frequent, George described Lois as the ideal Army wife, understanding and always loving. Indeed, he wrote in a memoir that their longest separatons, while he was in Korea and Vietnam, seemed to bond them closer together. Lois, a former model and avid bridge player, loved art, antiques, and animals. She enjoyed Army life, and was a great support to George as he achieved early battalion command and eventually earned the star of a Brigadier General. During his distinguished career, Lois was ever at his side as gracious hostess and diplomatic spouse, meeting such noteworthy figures as General Mark Clark during an assignment in Germany. After George's 1971 retirement from his 31-year Army career, he and Lois settled in Poquoson, where they purchased an 1831 house on the Poquoson River and expanded it into an impressive dwelling reminiscent of his childhood home, Belle Air, in Warrenton, Va. They named their elegant home Dickerwood, in honor of their family names, and furnished it with their extensive antique and art collection. Dickerwood welcomed many visitors and was part of the 2002 Historic Garden Week tour. Lois became a well-known figure to Poquoson residents, both as owner of an antique and art business and in her supporting role when George became Town Manager, later City Manager, of Poquoson. After George's death on June 7, 1999, Lois was a guest of honor at the dedication of the city Christmas tree, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Poquoson in honor of George, who had been a charter member. Lois was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Henry Walton Chapter, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Officer's Wives Clubs around the globe. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 9th, at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson, by Rev. Barry Throckmorton. A reception will follow at the church. She will be interred beside George at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Poquoson Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 2026, or to Poquoson Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 2099, or the Poquoson Museum Foundation. P. O. Box 2163, all in Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Daily Press on Mar. 4, 2015
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