Jamie Lynn Dickey

January 2, 1955December 30, 2012

Jamie Lynn Dickey taken too soon from this world passed on December 30, 2012 at her home in Austin, Texas after a spirited four-year battle with cancer. She was born January 2, 1955 in Houston, Texas. Jamie lived a full life. She traveled, enjoyed, and cherished the natural beauty of the world. One of her favorite places was the Grand Canyon which, with her husband Steve, she hiked into, crossed rim to rim, rafted, and camped numerous times. They enjoyed the outdoors together and they traveled the world, diving, biking, and hiking. Jamie saw the open sky and earth and called it home. Everyone who knew her truly believes that she will live on forever in our hearts and minds. Jamie will be mostly remembered for her love of life, compassion for others, strength of character, raw intelligence, and fortitude. Many friends and family members wonderfully benefited from her wisdom, mentoring and generosity. She taught us how to live, and over the past four years, she taught us how to pass from this world with dignity and grace. Jamie earned a degree in Environmental Design at the University of Houston in 1980. Professionally, Jamie had a large impact in the designing of commercial and residential properties, and she leaves her impeccable flair in the homes she designed and oversaw the construction of, both in Austin and Flagstaff. She was preceded in death by her father, Ansel Dickey. She is survived by her mother Audrey (Gilbert) Dickey, husband Steven Carothers, son Ryan Jones, step children Tanner, Kenny and Cooper Carothers, Carol Kennedy, her sister Lisa (Dickey) Boecker, brothers, Randell Dickey and Benny Dickey, nephews, Colin Boecker, Sean Dickey, Austin Dickey and niece Jaculine Boecker. Jamie will be incredibly missed by her six grandchildren (Grace, Jacob, Sophie, Justine, Kevin and Sadie), to whom she was lovingly referred to as Tutu. Jamie leaves behind many additional relatives, her “Tribe” of close friends in Austin, Flagstaff, and beyond---friends too numerous to count as she made lasting friendships with almost everyone she met. Jamie has requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to one of her favorite places, either the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin or the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. A celebration of Jamie’s life full-lived will be held at ten o’clock in the morning on January 4, 2013, at Smith Chapel at Riverbend Church under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home.


  • Memorial Service Friday, January 4, 2013

Jamie Lynn Dickey

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Debra McAdam

May 21, 2013

Steve, our deepest condolences to you and your family. We know that Jamie's passing has left a huge hole in many people's lives, including ours. Our time with you both in Crete (and Santorini!) was great fun and a true gift. Jamie humbled me for her ability to ride hard after chemo!!! We were so impressed with Jamie's bravery, positive attitude and deep caring for others. We will remember her always. Debra and Scott

Michelle Herrera-welch

January 26, 2013

My condolences to Jamie's family and loved ones. I knew and was very good friends with Jamie in jr. high school, Charles F. Hartman. We were the best of friends one year...only to go to different high schools! I remember her fun, crazy laugh and carefree attitude, but I suppose we all were that way in jr. high! Her laugh was loud and infectious back then and I can only imagine what a great woman she turned out to be. I've lived in Colorado for 28 years but all my family still lives in Houston. My brother called me two weeks ago to ask if I knew a Jamie Dickey...and that she had recently passed. She was an important person in my life path and I can only imagine how important she was in yours'. May she rest in peace...and may her travels continue...God bless you all! Michelle Herrea-Welch

Kitty Fowler

January 4, 2013

What an amazing woman. I read about her in the paper and it seems she could have been my sister. I also trail run rim to rim with friends yearly and its very cool to hear about another woman who loved to do it. I wish I could have met her as she was clearly taken fm this world too soon. My deep
condolences to her family and friends who I know feel her loss deeply.

Karen Enyedy

January 4, 2013

Steve and family,
Back in the late 1990s, I ran into Jamie in an airport...Houston or Dallas, can't recall. I had met her only twice, and both times were brief encounters. She learned I had a couple of hours wait time and although she scarcely knew me she instantly invited me to her membership club lounge, saving me the tedium and minimum comforts of seats at the gate and opening up a span of warm and interesting conversation. Just one of what I'm sure are innumerable examples of Jamie's generous and open spirit. As with so many others, Jamie will live on in my mind and heart and always be a source of personal inspiration.

Mu Daiber

January 4, 2013

I am thinking about you and your family. She was a great loving friend and will be missed. I will always have great memories of our fun times in the Canyon.

Doug Glen

January 4, 2013

What a blessing Jamie was for you and your family. She lived life to the fullest and will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

The Carpenter Family

January 3, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

January 3, 2013

Steve ,
Our thoughts and sorrow are with you on Jamie's very sad death. She fought hard and long and died much too young.
Love Marty and Shula


January 3, 2013

I never knew Jamie well, except through Steve--a fellow scientist and friend of more than 40 years. Steve continued to send me pictures of Jamie. As her trials increased and body wasted from cancer I continued to be amazed at her transcendent smile. As a biologist I'm aware of cranial nerves V & VII that connect the face to the brain and as such influence, and are influenced by, thought processes. Jamie's smile said it all--never did she allow the death dealing cancer to rob her of the marvelous connection between her mind and spirit.

R. Roy Johnson