Patricia “Pat” Louise Dickey, 75, of Trussville, passed peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 26 with family by her side.
She was born on Sept. 25, 1943, in Savannah, Georgia, the second child of the late Lamar and Frances Bryant. She is survived by her sisters Betty Ann (John) Dixon and Judy (Butch) Mosley, and her brother, Danny (Kathy) Bryant. She was preceded in death by her sister, Sandra Strickland.
In July 1959, Charles Dickey saw her sitting on her front porch swing, noticed her long brown hair and heard the way she laughed; and he said it was love at first sight. After a year-and-a-half courtship, they were married on Dec. 23, 1960, and were fully devoted to each other for 58 wonderful years. Their love and dedication to each other is a testament to them placing God first in their lives, as well as in their marriage.
A loving mother and homemaker, Dickey was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She always made sure that she had everyone’s favorite food on-hand when they came to visit, and made everyone feel welcome in her home.
Her tremendous legacy is reflected through the love and adoration of her whole family and close friends, who lovingly refer to her as “Memommy.” She was a selfless nurturer, as evidenced by the special relationship she also had with each member of her extended family. She was the epitome of kindness and gentleness, always looking for ways to help others, and was a true servant of God.
One of Memommy’s unique traits was her quick wit. Even at the hospital, she entertained us all and won over the hospital staff. One of them said she was her “favorite patient ever,” and another stayed over an hour after shift change just to make sure she was well taken care of.
Her love of dolls, hummingbirds and flowers — her favorite one being roses — was topped only by her devotion to her husband, children, friends and church family.
She leaves her beloved husband Charles “Gedaddy” and their five children: son Steve (Karen) Dickey; son Tim (Lisa) Dickey; daughter Regina (David) Horvath; daughter Rhonda (James) Hindman; and son Brian (Julie) Dickey. She also leaves her fourteen grandchildren and four great-grands, as well as several nieces, nephews and other extended family.
The memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Kirkpatrick presiding. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fresh flowers in her honor can be sent to Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home.
Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home is located at 5360 Deerfoot Parkway in Trussville.