Marilyn Ruth Dickinson
Marilyn Ruth Dickinson
  • May 2, 1927 - December 5, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Marilyn R. Dickinson, 90, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Houston Hospice. Marilyn was born in Aurora, Illinois on May 2, 1927 to Thomas Adams Ruddy and Ellen Fredricka Gustafson Ruddy.

Marilyn was devoted to church, family, and friends. She will be remembered as practical, reliable, humble, and trustworthy. To her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she will always be affectionately known as "Nonnie." Marilyn was selfless and enjoyed serving friends, as well as strangers. She volunteered for more than thirty years at Memorial Assistance Ministries working exclusively in the book section. Marilyn's lifelong love of books and reading was evident to all who knew her.

Marilyn attended University of Colorado at Boulder majoring in Medical Technology. She met her future husband, Arthur S. Dickinson on a blind date. On September 3, 1949, they were married in Webster Groves, MO. For sixty-eight years, the love between Art and Marilyn remained patient and kind.

Marilyn is survived by two sisters, Martha Ross and Joanne Vinyard; children, son Robert S. Dickinson, MD and wife Jacki of Houston; daughter Carol Lynn Dickinson of Houston; and Thomas A. Dickinson, Esq and wife Stephanie of Houston; son-in-law Don Forisha of San Antonio; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Dorothy Ruddy, and her daughter Reverend Martha Dickinson Forisha.

The family would like to thank the staff at Houston Hospice, Dr. Nick Solomos, caregiver Princess Lawal, and Reverends Melissa Maher and Bob Johnson for their love and support.

A memorial service will be held at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, Texas, on Saturday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel. The inurnment of ashes will take place at The Chapelwood Memorial Chapel and Columbarium at a later date. If desired, donations can be made in Marilyn's memory to Chapelwood UMC Foundation, Memorial Assistance Ministries, or a charity of choice.