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Obituary for Mary Campbell Dickson

Mary Campbell Dickson died peacefully on October 15th in South Hadley, MA, at the age of 94.

Born June 17, 1923 in Springfield, MA, Mary graduated from Springfield Technical High School in 1940. She then worked as a civilian for the U.S. Military during World War II, where she met the love of her life, William Joseph Dickson. Mary and Bill married in San Antonio, TX in 1945. They were married for 66 years.

Mary and Bill settled in New Canaan, CT to raise their family as Bill worked for General Electric in NYC. They then moved to Nashville, TN for Bill to help establish the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. It was there that Mary immersed herself in the Nashville and Vanderbilt culture of the arts, volunteerism, social outreach for the poor and vulnerable, as well as involvement and support of such organizations as Vanderbilt Medical Center, Cheekwood, TN Herb Society and Catholic Diocese of Nashville.

Mary lived in Knoxville, TN prior to moving to Loomis Village in South Hadley, MA.

Mary summered at “the cottage,” her lake house in New Hartford, CT for the last 51 years. Mary loved to share this magical place with friends and family, both new and old. It was there that many people enjoyed the love, peace, laughter and healing of Mary and Bill's presence and hospitality.

Mary was incredibly crafty. She was a tole painter, enjoyed pottery, stitchery and quilting. She has left many handmade treasures and wrapped all her grandchildren in “Nanna Blankets,” quilts made by hand with love in every stitch.

Mary was known throughout her life as a woman of unconditional love, hospitality, creativity and devout faith.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Bill, her oldest son John Dickson and her sister Margaret Bull.

Mary is survived by her sister: Joyce Desmond; her children: Susan Dickson Moyer and husband Ronald Moyer, Paul Dickson and wife Maureen Dickson, Mark Dickson and wife Diane Dickson, James Dickson and wife Leann, and John’s wife MaryAnn Dickson; her grandchildren: Amanda York and husband Timothy York, Meredith Lewis and husband William Lewis III, Hilary Brown and husband Daniel Curtiss, Paul Joseph Dickson, David Campbell Dickson, Emily Ruth Dickson and Kathleen Dickson; her great-grandchildren: Keeley York, Mia York, Liam York and William Lewis IV.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 26th at 10am in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Hartford, CT. A luncheon will follow. There is a private internment following the luncheon.
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