Dorothy Tate Dickens

Dorothy Tate DickensDorothy Tate Dickens of Ridgecrest died peacefully on Nov. 21, 2013. She rests in the knowledge of Jesus’ love for her, of her hope of salvation and of His return soon. She was 85 years young.

A celebration of her life will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel.

She was born May 11, 1928, in Gonzales, Texas, to proud parents Buddy and Ivy Tate. Being the first born, she was very independent. Dorothy loved school and loved to read.

The family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and at six Dorothy became the big sister to Edna Earl. Dorothy graduated from Ft. Worth Technical High School in 1944.

In 1945 she fell in love and married Jesse Drury, a young man from Oklahoma. They had a little girl in 1947 and a little boy in 1954. The Drury family attended Evangelistic meetings while in Carlsbad, N.M., and became baptized members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

At the age of 17, Dorothy started working as a medical assistant. Her employer was very impressed with her desire to learn medical terminology and her great multitasking abilities in the front and back office. She was a great asset and was employed by the same doctor for 30 years. When he retired, she worked for another doctor for 20 years. Then she retired! What a work ethic!

After 30 years of marriage her husband was killed in a tragic car accident. She married James A. Dickens and for the next 20 years she was blessed to have a good man by her side. But in 1997 he also passed away from his fight with cancer.

She moved to Ridgecrest to be with her daughter and son-in-law. Those in Ridgecrest recognized her voice right away from her southern drawl. She went back to work for another doctor, Dr. Iresha Goonesinghe of Ridgecrest. This would be her last place of employment. But she made many wonderful friends there, including Wendell Martin and Erwin Wooten.

In 2002 Dorothy had a massive stoke. Her Texas friendly voice was quieted, but her smile and spirit was still infectious. She was a resident of Ridgecrest Heathcare Center for 10 years. What a blessing to have such wonderful, professionally trained people to care for her, love her, befriend her and treat her as family.

Dorothy was a very loving mother, a career woman and a wonderful Christian example for her two children, five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church and enjoyed Women’s Ministry. She loved working in her garden, cooking for her family and being with her great-grandchildren and friends.She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Submitted by the family of Dorothy Tate Dickens

Story First Published: 2013-11-27