FERN MARIE DICKINSON

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FERN MARIE DICKINSON Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Fern Marie Dickinson, age 79, passed away September 22, 2016 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Pasco, Washington due to sudden complications of cancer treatment. Fern was born to John R. and Ellen M. Dickinson on July 25, 1937 in the sleepy town of Kenne-wick, Washington. She remained a lifelong resident and asset to the community. Raised in Kennewick, she graduated top of her class from Kennewick High School. She went on to attend Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing and Whitworth College where she received a Registered Nursing Degree and Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree. Fern's professional history was simple but very complex. She started at Kennewick General Hospital in 1959 and worked every section of the establishment for the next 40 years, retiring in 1999. From Pediatrics to Obstetrics, the Emergency Room to Human Resources, then to Management and Infection Control. She touched many lives and earned many lifelong friends. During and after her employment, Fern was a homemaker, gardener, servant to her pets, traveler (worldwide and US), avid yard saler and artist. Being active in many organizations and associations (BPW especially) she also was a vocal Mariners Baseball fan and couch umpire. When balls were not flying, gambling at Indian Casinos and Vegas was her special passion. Winter events were organized around cooking candy, decorating and publishing her Nursing Class Letter, which she produced every year since 1958. Lives all over the United States were touched by her. Fern is survived by her brothers Larry J. Dickinson (Wanda) of Kennewick and John R. Dickinson (Sharon) of Grand Bay, AL. Along with her 97-year young Aunt and gambling cohort Betty Thiel; nieces Christine Roemeling (Christopher) and Cynthia Wheeler; nephews Bill Martin, Pat Martin (Amanda) and John C. Dickinson (Janet); great nieces and nephews Caitlin Roemeling, Trent Martin, Cory Roemeling, Megan Martin, Jennifer Maxwell, Jason Wheeler, and twins Miles and Kelsey Dickinson; along with numerous extended family members and many friends. Special life time friends Colleen McGhehee and Kathy Carter. She was preceded in death by father John R. Dickinson, and mother Ellen M. Dickinson. There will be a graveside service at the Riverview Heights Cemetery, (10th and Olympia) in Kennewick, on Saturday October 1st at 2:00 pm. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Sept. 28, 2016