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Obituary: Patricia Ann Cox Dickson, Greensburg


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Patricia Ann Cox Dickson, age 85, of Greensburg, went to her heavenly home on July 29, 2014, at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.

Pat was born in Jennings County, Indiana, August 4, 1928, to Neiland and Emma Tatem, and moved to Decatur County in 1935. She graduated from Greensburg High School in 1946 and attended St. Vincent School of Nursing.

She and Delmar Cox were married in 1947 and farmed in Decatur County until his death in 1968. She later married Dr. Dale Dickson in 1971, and he preceded her in death in 1993.

She is survived by daughters, Carol (Dan) Hancock and Nancy (Gene) Crabill of Greensburg, Indiana. She was blessed by her six grandchildren, Amy (Stephen) Stringer, Kevin (Amy) Hancock, Gregory Hancock, Kristin (Chris) Hunteman, Todd (Brittany) Crabill, and Erin (Travis) Barclay; and 10 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a sister, Verna West of Columbus, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Mary Hoyt, Frances Howard Lehman, Evelyn Lange, and Ruth Young.

Pat worked as a nurse’s aide at Decatur County Community Hospital for several years as well as being a private-duty nurse. She also worked as a nurse in Dr. Dickson’s medical office until retirement in 1976.

She was a lifelong member of Greensburg First Baptist Church where she was a member of Loyal Builders Sunday school class. She served in many capacities in the church, including Sunday School teacher and Board of Deaconesses. Pat had a passion for missions. She was active in local and state mission work, having served in various capacities including state president of Indiana Baptist Women and president of Indiana Baptist Convention. She also participated in mission trips to Haiti and Kenya, Africa.

Pat was active in the community, worked as a hospice volunteer and was a member of Decatur County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Visitation will be held on August 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gilliland Howe Funeral Home in Greensburg. The funeral will be held on August 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Greensburg First Baptist Church with the Rev. Cliff Bunch officiating. Burial will be in South Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to First Baptist Church or Our Hospice of Decatur County.

Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.

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