Sunday, February 7, 2010

My wife's mother, Peggy Dickerson: 1924-2010

From today's Las Vegas Review Journal:
Peggy “Coween” Dickerson of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away January 27, 2010. She was born August 31, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, soon moving to Somerton, Arizona near Yuma. She remained there through high school with her parents, one sister and one brother. 

 She is survived by four daughters: Coween Ann Dickerson of Englewood, Colorado; Tamara Jo Huggins (Robert) of Las Vegas; Frankie Rozelle Beckwith (Francis) of Woodway, Texas; Jo Alexis Tejeda (Alonso) of Las Vegas; grandchildren (and spouse) Jennifer Davido (Erik) of Seattle; Carie Thibault (Adam) of Las Vegas; Treva Flores (Alex) of Tucson, Arizona; Jordan Wiegand of Woodway, Texas; Tyler Wiegand of Nashville, Tennesee; Gabriel and Alexander Tejeda of Las Vegas; and great-grandchildren Finnegan and Mona Davido of Seattle, and Joseph Alexander Flores of Tucson, Arizona. 

Peggy (known as Coween in younger years) played the flute and piccolo, and was drum majorette at Yuma High School, graduating in 1942. She then attended University of Arizona in Tucson for 1½ years, leaving to marry 1st Lt. Joseph A. Dickerson, Jr. in 1944. The couple was stationed at various locations in the U.S. and abroad while Joe served as a pilot. In school she had been a track sprinter and basketball player, and she continued playing basketball in officers’ wives leagues. She also enjoyed contract bridge throughout her life. Her occupations included clerical and bookkeeping work, and she was self‑employed as a tax preparer for many years. 
Devoted to family, generous in life and death, Peggy possessed an uncommon amount of common sense. She lived a remarkably healthy life despite suffering symptoms from multiple sclerosis, yet in the end succumbed to lung cancer. Her family and friends are forever grateful to have had the opportunity to know and love her. 
A memorial service will be held at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne, Las Vegas, Nevada, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 13, 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any donations be made in Peggy Dickerson’s honor to Nathan Adelson Hospice.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

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