Barbara S. Dickson

March 21, 1937 - January 22, 2007

Mrs. Barbara S. Dickson, loving mother and tireless volunteer of Dallas, Texas, passed away at the age of 69 on January 22, 2007. She was born March 21, 1937, in Ohio to Lewis and Margaret Summers. She grew up in Elmore, Ohio and attended Ohio State University, where she earned a degree in English. In 1959 she married Francis “Dick” Dickson, and the two moved to Texas in 1960 and raised three children. During this time Barb was active in the community working with the American Association of University Women and activities focusing on older adults. Her passion for helping eventually led to her continuing her studies by gaining a masters degree in gerontology from North Texas State in 1980 at the age of 43. She then began her second career with the American Association of Retired Persons, where she made many new lifelong friends. Barbara’s beloved husband Dick preceded her in death last month. She is survived by her children, Susan Otey and her husband David of Littleton, Colorado; David Dickson and his wife Lisa of Dallas, Texas; and Dr. Rob Dickson and his wife Joanie of Longview, Texas; grandchildren Sarah Jane, Barbara and Sydney Otey, William, Robert, Carl, David, Jr. Dickson and Austin, Katie and Charlie Dickson; sisters Carol Body of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Sally Erickson of Southport, NC. Barbara will forever be known as the energetic “BaBa”; a loving and supportive wife, an encouraging mother; a fun and generous grandmother, and a true friend to all who knew her. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Shared Housing, 402 N. Good Latimer Expressway, Dallas, TX 75204, 214-821-0326. A memorial service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano at 12:30 PM on Friday, January 26, 2007.

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We should all be so lucky to have parents like the Dicksons. They both treated me so well back in high school when Susan and I were dating. I remember them as happy, friendly, patient and well-grounded people who adored and supported their kids and treated every one of us with respect. I always felt welcome in their home, even when I was acting like a high school knucklehead. In so many ways they embodied what perfect parents should be. I'm saddened to hear of their passing and send my heartfelt condolences and love to Susan, Rob and David. Mark Hays, January 26, 2007 Susan, I just want to let you know that I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I think of you all often and was sad to find out that you have lost your mom and dad. Remember, You all are in my prayers. Margaret Margaret W. Rothermel-Ross, January 26, 2007 YOU TOLD ME BYE BYE BUT I DIDNT KNOW YOU WAS LEAVIN ME SO SOON BUT I KNOW YOU AND DICK ARE TOGETHER I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU BABA AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEENIN APART OF ME AND MY FAMILY LIVE ~ BARBARA DOUGLAS/ELLIS, January 26, 2007 My memories of Aunt Barb and Uncle Frannie are absolutely wonderful and full of laughter. We had grand times in New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, and of course Texas. As young boys my brother Bob and I would always open our Christmas present from Aunt Barb and Uncle Frannie first, as it was certain to be the most unique gift of the season.I can remember Aunt Barb teaching me and a friend to dance when we were in Junior High. I can still hear her laughing, Aunt Barb had the best laugh of all time. She was full of energy, enthusiasm and a truly loving and caring soul. While our families are no longer as close as when we were all young , my memories of the times we all spent together are truly some of my fondest and I cherish them immensely. Susan, Dave, Rob and your families, our thoughts and prayers are with you. William Dickson Klein, January 25, 2007 The respect and love I have for Barbara Dickson comes from her inspiration. When Fran would get really sick and down, I'd get a call from Barb. She would ask if I'd go see him as she believed I could inspire him from a different perspective, as an old work buddy! As I told Barbara, you are the inspiration dear lady, and I am "so honored" that you would believe that I could provide inspiration as well. Barbara was always so kind to me, I so loved to be around her and hear that "Barbara Dickson" laugh. I know she is laughing now as she has joined her beloved Fran. I am so happy they are together as I know she didn't want to remain here on Earth and be a burden to the children when she can be in heaven, free of the bodily pain and together with her husband and eternal love! Most Sincerely, Linda Connor Linda Ray Connor, January 25, 2007 In the moment that David called us I thought to myself "You go, girl" got to Fran a fast as you could and you did it with class..Now you both will truly rest in peace..we loved both of you and have many treasured memeories of the four of together dear friend..Karen and Kent Black KAREN A. BLACK, January 25, 2007 I will always remember that wonderful laugh only Barbara could make! She was my mentor and an inspiration to me. She loved her husband and family more than anything! She was loved by many people, and will always be in my heart. Lynda Garrett, January 25, 2007 Rob, you are a pillar of strength for your family now and always. I am proud to have you as a partner and friend. Character is defined by actions, and you exemplify what we should all hope to achieve. Prayers with you and yours. I am glad your folks are at peace and together again. Let us know anything we can do for you. james nichols, January 25, 2007 Barb was my first cousin, and we grew up together, living just 2 houses apart. I have so many fond memories of our childhood and what fun we had. I'm so very happy for the times we were able to see Barb and Dick when we traveled through Texas. They were always great hosts, even when they were not well and the visits were too short. We will miss Barb so very much. I treasure those memories of years ago and more recent ones too. She will be missed here, but will be forever with the love of her life! Joanie and Will Wegman, January 25, 2007 My sister, Barbara, was someone who influenced me throughout my life. I always admired her ability to get along with anyone and to see the best in everyone.She never met someone she did not like and had the ability to make friends instantly. People responded to her positive manner and never forgot her. Her outgoing personality and her concern and devotion for others made her a friend for life. She loved her children and grandchildren and devoted herself to them. She was so proud of her family and since her stroke made her unable to fully express her feelings, you only had to be around her to know that she loved you and was happy to see you. Although I know she and Dick are together now, I will miss her terribly but know that I am a better person for having the good fortune to have had her for a sister for 69 years. Carol and Jim Body, January 24, 2007 We cherish the memory of sharing brunch with them in November. But Dick was so tired. And we knew that the ever-gracious Barb may not have recognized us. What couldn’t be concealed though was they’re great love and devotion for one another. What a beautiful ending to a beautiful story! They will always walk together, an inseparable couple. Bill and Karyl Summers Bill and Karyl Summers, January 24, 2007 Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this stressful time. If you need anything please call us. We love you and are thinking of you. jon wayne fontenot, January 24, 2007