Jean Winters Dickenson 1926-2020
Jean Dickenson died peacefully in her sleep from natural causes on December 11, 2020 in Frisco, TX, at the age of 94.
Jean was born on November 14, 1926 in Carney’s Point, NJ. She graduated from Penns Grove Regional High School in Penns Grove, NJ and Keystone Secretarial School in Swarthmore, PA. She used her secretarial skills (including shorthand!) initially at the DuPont Chambers Works in Deepwater, NJ, followed by First Presbyterian Church, Cumberland National Bank, and finally retiring from Farmers Home Administration (FHA), all in Bridgeton, NJ. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and as a small child, had perfect attendance in Sunday School having the pins to prove it.
She is survived by her daughters, Cathy (Dave) Taguwa of Frisco, TX and Nancy (Bob) of Fort Myers, FL, and grandchildren: Andrew (Tammy) Taguwa of Frisco, Jennifer Taguwa of Plano, TX, Matthew (Keinya) Kohlbecker of Portland, OR, Michael (Caitlin) of Cincinnati, OH, and great-grandchildren: Riley, Carson, and Keaton Taguwa, and Noah, Elliot, and Marguerite Kohlbecker. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Jennie Winters, husband Waldemar Dickenson, and sisters Dorothy and Florence. “Doll” died when Jean was just three years old and her mother passed away unexpectedly when she was eleven, leaving Jean and “Fla” to forge a lifelong close relationship.
She met “Walt” Dickenson at “DuPont’s” in 1946 right after he was honorably discharged from the Army at the conclusion of WWII. He proposed on their third date and they were married six months later. They made their home in Bridgeton, NJ, until retiring to New Port Richey, FL in 1986 then moved one last time to TX in 2000 to be closer to family. He died in 2005, just a month before they were to celebrate their 59th Wedding Anniversary.
Jean was an accomplished seamstress and sewed just about everything, a trait she inherited from her father who was a ship’s tailor in the Navy, and then handed the skill down to her daughters. She discovered counted cross stitch in the early ‘80’s and from that point on was usually seen with a needle and floss creating one masterpiece after another, often in front of a good movie. Another one of her hobbies was tracing her family roots, before the internet made it so easy. She was very proud and fascinated by her Irish/German ancestry.
Cremation is being handled by All Texas Cremation and a private service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the charity of choice in Jean’s memory. The family would like to thank the staff at Sunrise of Frisco in addition to Rhonda and Danna from Faith Presbyterian Hospice for their loving care.