Bernadine Dickson

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Bernadine Amanda Thompson Dickson
April 25, 1931 - October 27, 2015
Bernadine Amanda Thompson Dickson peacefully, and with her family at her side, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. The family will be having a private interment, at a later date, at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, Washington.
Bernadine was born in Camas, Washington on April 25, 1931 to parents, Guy and Elva Thompson. She was the oldest of three children. She attended the local Fern Prairie District grade school in her early years, then rode a bus to Camas for her Junior High years. In 1947 her family moved to Nampa, Idaho. Bernadine finished high school at the Christian Academy. After graduation in 1949 she married her childhood sweetheart, Floyd Dickson. They were one of the last couples married in the College Administration Building which was used by College Church of the Nazarene while their new church building was being erected just off campus on Dewey Street.
In the early 1950's she moved from Washington back to Nampa where her husband had obtained employment on the Nampa Police Department. In 1954 they moved to Richland, Washington and all four of their children graduated from Richland High School. During the downsizing of the Hanford Project at Richland in the 1970's Floyd's jobs in the Nuclear Industry gave them opportunity to move frequently for the next 20 years. They spent several years in Las Vegas, Nevada; three years in Iowa; three years in Amarillo, Texas; one year in Ohio; several weeks in Idaho Falls; and back and forth to southern California a few times. Through it all Bernadine was a wonderful wife and mother. She lived out of a suitcase and motel when needed, or on longer jobs out of a 28 foot RV trailer. She especially liked the 5 summers they Camp Hosted in Oregon State Parks and the 3 years she was Floyd's Aide on the Special Needs Students school bus in the Vallivue District. In January 2015 she became a resident of Karcher Estates Independent Living where she met new friends and got reacquainted with old ones. She enjoyed playing bingo, going on field trips and looked forward to Sunday afternoon Bible Studies.
Her husband, Floyd, preceded her in death in October 2012. She is survived by her daughters, Geri Morrison (Bill) of Kennewick, Washington and Rose Thompson (Douglas) of Richland, Washington; sons, David Dickson (Kim) and Howard Dickson (Lori) both of Nampa, Idaho; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and numerous cousins and friends. Thank you, Mom and Grandma, for loving God and being a Godly example for each of us to follow.
Memorials may be made to Hands of Hope, Nampa; Meals on Wheels, Nampa; or Nampa Christian High School.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 28, 2015