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Dedria Dickman

June 12, 1954March 11, 2021
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Dedria Karen Dickman (born Youngblood), was born on June 12th, 1954. She had a beautiful smile that always made you think she knew something you did not. Her laugh could be both obnoxious and infectious. She never apologized for who she was and always had the courage to speak her mind and be herself -- no matter what. Queen Dee they call her to this day. She lived at full speed and did her best. No one can ever forget meeting her. This is a fact – one-hundred percent provable by science.

Dedria’s capacity to love and to feel compassion for those around her made them love her. Family was always present. Her family was deep and rich in its devotion and love for one another. Her mother, Joyce, had 11 brothers and sisters who all married and had children. Family gatherings were events - better than Disneyland! Her greatest gift was that she always tried to make you feel like family, no matter who you were. In 1992, her devotion turned to one man, Norbert, with whom she shared a marriage for 28 years. She was devoted to him all the way, and he was equally devoted to her. They travelled the world, dined on fine cuisine, and sampled the best wine. They took care of each other through thick and thin. They truly loved one another and did everything together. She grew up in East Texas in a small, sawmill town called Beaumont and then moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, where she graduated high school. She played volleyball because she had long legs and could “outrun all those short Cajun boys” on the football team. She had always dreamed of going to school to be an interior designer. While she never did, Norbert gave her homes in Italy and Tahoe to decorate and make her own – all places made to entertain friends and family. She worked hard and came home to watch soaps and talk with her girlfriends on the phone. Then a concert, a party, or a festival – all while juggling motherhood. Her life was full and rich and tragic at times, but she overcame adversity and stayed devoted.

We lost Dedria last Thursday morning, March 11, 2021. Her final hours were spent in happy reunion with loved ones, toasting to joyous memories and her beloved Norbert, who passed away exactly one-year prior on March 11, 2020. There is something both beautiful and poetic about that. Her immediate family, Spence Gilbert, Mike and Brienne Dickman, Matt Dickman and Erica Goudy, and Jenny and Kip Portz, her seven grandchildren, Logan, Ford, Reagan, Grace, Sloan, Kalan and Milly, and her brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Heather Vasterling, among many other friends and family, will miss her deeply.

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  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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Patti Salmon Murphy

March 27, 2021

I knew Dedria at Lafayette High, her locker was next to mine. I would see her several times during the school day. She was always smiling! Beautiful person inside and out. May she rest in the loving arms of the Lord. Prayers for her family.

barbara buckley

March 22, 2021

Queen Dee you are unmatched we will keep your lovely spirit alive in our hearts.. Of course you were so loved and cherished and will be missed .. Rest in Peace dear friend and be with our Lord and Norb in a glorious one year to the date reunion.

Lisa L. Boudreaux

March 18, 2021

I attended Lafayette High with Dedria and remember how much fun she was - always smiling! I am truly sorry for your loss; sending prayers to all of you. I know that you have lots of good memories, and those will help you through. Take care. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Daniel Malden

March 16, 2021

Daniel Malden

March 16, 2021

Rest in Peace, Dedria Dickman you will be missed by many. You and Norbert Dickman, were very kind to me and a joy to be around. See you both in Heaven.

Rebecca Davis Berryman

March 16, 2021

My mom, her Aunt Libby, spent summers with Dee, Jeff and Joyce, babysitting the kids, so Joyce could work. Dee then came to spend a few weeks with us every summer, and always brought her albums. She would leave one, if we liked it. She influenced our musical taste. The summer of 1969 she convince Grandma to take me (5), Steph (9) and herself (15) to see The Graduate--it was slightly inappropriate! But we stayed for the whole film.

Karen Junker

March 15, 2021

Karen Junker

March 15, 2021

Karen Junker

March 15, 2021

Karen Junker

March 15, 2021

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