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Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home

127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL

OBITUARY

Mary Bowden Dickson

February 27, 1935January 18, 2020
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Mary Frank Bowden Dickson, loving mother and dear friend, passed peacefully on Saturday, January 18. She was born in 1935 in Chauncey, Georgia to Robert Bowden and Mary Agnes Day; her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1940. Mary graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1953. The Dickson's relocated to Clay County in 1963. Mary considered Clay County and Orange Park her home. She raised four children and was actively involved in the public-school system, youth association sports and her church, Calvary United Methodist Church.

In 2001, Mary retired from Doctors Inlet Elementary after serving as school secretary for 31 years. She was a friend to everyone she met and her home was well known to her family, friends and her children’s friends as a loving, welcoming place and safe haven.

Mary’s greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her family and friends. She was a great cook and enjoyed preparing Sunday dinner for her family. Each year she hosted two signature events, a Christmas Eve open house and an annual family reunion. Both events gave her much joy, and family and friends would come from far and wide to mark the special day.

Mary is survived by her four children: Keith Dickson (Laura), Mark Dickson (Valerie), Don Dickson (Gail), and Sherry Miller (Jeff); eight grandchildren, Clinton Poole, Brian Dickson, Lindsey Poole Denmark, Michelle Dickson Feeney, Derek Dickson, Caroline Dickson Scott, Catherine Dickson and Chase Dickson; eight great grandchildren: Michael Dickson, Matthew Dickson, Wyatt Denmark, Saylor Denmark, Copeland Poole, Whitman Dickson, Charlotte Scott and Regina Feeney; and her sister, Shirley Boone.

She will be dearly missed by all who know and love her.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary is survived by her four children: Keith Dickson (Laura), Mark Dickson (Valerie), Don Dickson (Gail), and Sherry Miller (Jeff); eight grandchildren, Clinton Poole, Brian Dickson, Lindsey Poole Denmark, Michelle Dickson Feeney, Derek Dickson, Caroline Dickson Scott, Catherine Dickson and Chase Dickson; eight great grandchildren: Michael Dickson, Matthew Dickson, Wyatt Denmark, Saylor Denmark, Copeland Poole, Whitman Dickson, Charlotte Scott and Regina Feeney; and her sister, Shirley Boone.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Reception Friday, January 24, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Order of Service

Memories

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Dawn Wilson

January 25, 2020

Mary was the "guiding spirit" of Drs. Inlet Elementary. With her kindness, she bound the lives of staff, students and families together into a caring community. Mary had a multiplier effect on others, including nurturing her family, an entire neighborhood. ..even OPAA. She was a force for good. It's amazing the impact a solitary soul can have on others.

Eternally grateful for my "divine encounter" with Mary in the early 80's. Hoping the family's memories of sweet Mary will be gifts to their hearts.

SHIRLEY BOONE

January 24, 2020

She was my role model in life. She helped me all my life with support in hard times and laughter in joyous times. We had great times shopping and having lunch together. We laughed and we cried but most of all we loved each other and shared our love of Jesus together.
I will miss you but I know you are having a great time in heaven. Until we meet again.
Love, your sister Shirley

Kay Earhart

January 23, 2020

When I began working at Drs. inlet Elementary Mary was the first person I met. She was so kind and helpful to me as I adjusted to the routine at Drs. inlet. Her family was her life, but she cared about all of our families. It was a privilege to know her, work with her and call her a friend. May God bring comfort to her dear family.

Maureen Yelverton

January 23, 2020

Mary was a beautiful, cherished friend who will be missed by all. Each Christmas she would send a Christmas poem she had written that would dearly touch my heart. Mary lived an exemplary Christian life and was always willing to help those in need. Prayers and condolences to her family

Margie Harris

January 23, 2020

Mary was such a joyful person when she greeted me before worship at Calvary UMC. I looked forward to her hugs and we always compared notes on our “bad backs”. God bless her family as they cared for her when she could no longer attend church. She will be missed. My condolences to all her family.

Kim Petersen

January 22, 2020

Mary was a blessing to work with at Doctors Inlet Elementary. She had a friendly, helpful attitude and was an inspiration to me as I began my teaching career in Clay County. I'll always cherish the memory of the beautiful poems she wrote each Christmas and shared with us.

Lori Marsh

January 22, 2020

Mary was such a beautiful woman inside and out. My children are grown now but I will always remember her beautiful smile and loving personality everytime I was at Dr's inlet elementary. Fly high beautiful angel

Amy Matz

January 22, 2020

I have so many great memories at Dr’s. I let Elementary! Mainly due to being a teacher’s kid and getting to spend time after school with the office ladies, Mrs. Dickson primarily. I am so glad I got to attend one of the retiree luncheons to see her and tell her I love you back in April 2018. You are greatly missed, my friend. Rest easy with our Lord and Savior!

Lindsay Hancock

January 22, 2020

I'll always cherish the times she helped me through some really tough times. I will always love her.

Sharon/Bill Turner

January 22, 2020

Mary Dickson was a friend, colleague and mentor to us in our early years of marriage and early years of work in Clay County. She always was an encourager, supporter and a positive force. We will never forget the impact she had on the Turner family. Rest in peace with your angels Mary!

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Biography

Mary Frank Bowden Dickson, loving mother and dear friend, passed peacefully on Saturday, January 18. She was born in 1935 in Chauncey, Georgia to Robert Bowden and Mary Agnes Day; her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1940. Mary graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1953. The Dickson’s relocated to Clay County in 1963. Mary considered Clay County and Orange Park her home. She raised four children and was actively involved in the public-school system, youth association sports and her church.

In 2001, Mary retired from Doctors Inlet Elementary after serving as school secretary for 31 years. She was a friend to everyone she met and her home was well known to her family, friends and her children’s friends as a loving, welcoming place and safe haven.

Mary was also a big sports fan. She and her family were actively involved in youth team sports at the Orange Park Athletic Association where she often claimed the title of Team Mom. She coached Cheerleading, kept score and hosted Team parties for many years. She was a life-long Atlanta Braves and Florida Gators fan. Mary was also a poet. Her annual Christmas poem was eagerly anticipated by all who loved her. Mary penned at least 160 original poems.

As a longtime member at Calvary United Methodist church in Orange Park, Mary served as a greeter and committee member for the Pastoral and Finance committees. Mary also participated in numerous faith based retreats where she often gave her own testimony as well as supervising children’s programs for the weekend.

Mary’s greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her family and friends. She was a great cook and enjoyed preparing Sunday dinner for her family. Each year she hosted two signature events, a Christmas Eve open house and an annual family reunion. Both events gave her much joy, and family and friends would come from far and wide to mark the special day.

She enjoyed traveling regionally with friends and was especially fond of South Georgia, St. Simon’s Island, Epworth by the Sea, and Savannah. One of her favorite authors was Eugenia Price and her favorite singer is Daniel Crews.

Mary is survived by her four children: Keith Dickson (Laura), Mark Dickson (Valerie), Don Dickson (Gail), and Sherry Miller (Jeff); eight grandchildren, Clinton Poole, Brian Dickson, Lindsey Poole Denmark, Michelle Dickson Feeney, Derek Dickson, Caroline Dickson Scott, Catherine Dickson and Chase Dickson; eight great grandchildren: Michael Dickson, Matthew Dickson, Wyatt Denmark, Saylor Denmark, Copeland Poole, Whitman Dickson, Charlotte Scott and Regina Feeney; and her sister, Shirley Boone.

She will be dearly missed by all who know and love her.

The family will receive guests from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, January 24 at Hibernia Baptist Church, 7100 US 17, Fleming Island, Florida 32003. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. immediately after the visitation with a reception to follow. All are welcome.