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“Rest in peace dear Mama. You were a wonderful mother. I loved you and having you in my life very much. ”
1 of 1 | Posted by: Bruce D Bailey - Callaway, VA

Meridel Vee Dickinson reunited with her parents and twin sister in eternal life on November 16, 2016. Del as she was known and her twin Gerrie Helen were born in Orville, Ohio to Stephen Woodson Dickinson and Helen Sybil Dickinson. Del grew up in the Washington D.C. area and lived for many years in Alexandria, VA. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Jill and Marc Ramsey of Richmond, VA and son Bruce Bailey and daughter-in-law Kay of Calloway, VA, Wendy Sher (Rich), Mark Winslow (Tessie), Dan Winslow (Vi), Joe Winslow (Maria) and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
A graduate of American University with a BA in Journalism Del had a distinguished career with the U.S. Federal Government beginning at the Pentagon, advancing to the Old Executive Office Building in the offices of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and culminating in the West Wing of the White House under President Richard M. Nixon. Del always recounted how proper attire was stressed in the West Wing with very strict rules for both ladies and gentlemen.
A blend of old Virginia and Massachusetts stock, Del's roots went deep into American and English soil. Of her first and only visit to England she said it felt like going home.
In the 1970s Del moved to Florida where she lived for the next forty years. She was an active member of the community participating in volunteering, teaching yoga at the Beacon Square Community Center, playing her beloved Bridge, trying to grow roses in Florida's sandy soil, and hosting visiting family members from more northern climes.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff of The Laurels of Bon Air in Richmond, VA and the compassionate angels of EnCompass Hospice services for their kind attention to Del's last days.
A private graveside memorial for immediate family members will be held at the Dickinson family plot at Washington National Cemetery.