Caroline L. Dickey, 96, of Packwood, IA passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the Sunnybrook Living Care Center in Fairfield, IA. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Packwood First Christian Church with Pastor Frosty Van Voorst and Rev. Chris Conklin officiating. Burial will be in the Packwood Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will begin at noon on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Packwood First Christian Church with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly request that memorial contributions be directed to the Packwood First Christian Church, Packwood First Responders, or the Packwood Fire Department. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Caroline Dickey was born in Sigourney, IA on April 19, 1921 to Harlan and Mary Dawson Myers. As a child her family moved to Fairfield, IA, where she graduated from Fairfield High School and attended Parsons College. On December 7, 1941 she was united in marriage to Harold Dickey. In April of 1942, Harold was drafted and served his country until December of 1946. Most of the time Caroline was able to follow the many places where he was sent. Their first child was born in 1944. Together they were the proud parents of five children: Doug, David, Dan, Deb, and Megan. Caroline and the family eventually moved to Packwood where she continued to not only be a loving wife and mother, but an advocate for the community she called home. Caroline kept things organized at home and operated the Dickeys Prairie Home Restaurant for many years. Harold passed away in March of 1994. Caroline remained active. She was a longtime member of the Packwood First Christian Church, served on the Jefferson County Hospital Board, was active in the Republican Party, and was voted Outstanding Citizen in Fairfield. When she had some time to herself she enjoyed painting, sewing and being with her family.
Caroline was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Harold Dickey (1994); one sister, Maurine Reminih; and one daughter-in-law, Janet Dickey and one brother-in-law, Max Dickey.
Left to share her story are her children, Doug (Dorian Atwood) Dickey of Fairfield, IA and his children Amy and Amber; David (Judy) Dickey of Packwood, IA and their children, Adrian and Allison; Dan (Cindy) Dickey of Packwood, IA and their children, Scott, Ashley, and Grant; Deb (Gary) Bemis of Fairfield, IA, and their children, Chad, Hayley, and Tayler; and Megan (Mark) Perrine of Ashland, WI and their children, Mika, Teal, Curi, and Nori; as well as twenty-six great grandchildren, and many extended family and friends.
Published on January 2, 2018