Dorothy's Story

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Dorothy Diehl Dickie, 89, of Mifflinburg, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at the Milton Rehabilitation Home where she had been staying since April.
She was born Nov. 14, 1927, on her grandparent Spotts' farm just outside of town, a daughter of the late Guy W. and Pearl E. (Spotts) Diehl.

Dorothy was a 1945 graduate of Mifflinburg high School and graduated from the Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing diploma program in 1948. In 1958, she completed a bachelor of science degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She remained an active alumus of both "Jeff" and "UP". She was known for her joy in all things living and her constant search for knowledge.

As a young nurse, Dorothy traveled all over the United States. She married Jack Dickie in 1951 in Denver, Colo., and divorced in 1954. She lived in California and Philadelphia, until 1985 when she returned to Mifflinburg.

After nursing for more than 40 years, Dorothy volunteered at local Red Cross blood drives and for voter registration. She took an active interest in local history and the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum. She enjoyed the outdoors and participation at the Senior Center in Penns Creek, and was an active member of the Joseph Priestley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Surviving are her daughter, Anne Dickie, son-in-law, David Eskew, grandchildren, Laura Eskew, Ben and Shanda Eskew, and great-granddaughter, Melaina Eskew, all of Knoxville, Tenn.; her brother, William Diehl, of Forest Hill; and many extended family in the Mifflinburg area.
She was preceded in death by her uncle, Paul Spotts, his wife and children; and special friend, Harry Snook.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Old Elias Church, 212 S. Fifth St., Mifflinburg. An informal reception will follow. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Association, or to Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, or to the Union County Historical Society.
Published on November 4, 2017
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