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Mae Engelhart Dickinson
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Birth: Jul. 5, 1920
King County
Washington, USA
Death: Mar. 27, 2010

Mae Dickinson, long-time resident of Bellingham, passed away on March 27, 2010. She was 89 years old.

Mae was born July 5, 1920 in Seattle, where her father was a streetcar driver. Later, her family moved to a farm in Sumas, Washington. She was the daughter of Frank and Josie Mae Englehart, and was the middle of three children. She always remembered moving up to Sumas, with their belongings on a wagon, and all her father's brothers and her cousins helping with the move.

Her childhood years were spent on the farm, enlisted with her siblings for chores and tending to the animals and crops, forming lifetime qualities of being a hard-worker and straight-talker, and being blessed with sturdy health.

After becoming the first person in her family to attend college, Mae enjoyed a short career in teaching at Nooksack. It was a job that she long remembered fondly, and always thought of herself as a teacher.

In 1941, she married Vance Clark of Bellingham, and raised a family with three children. As a homemaker, she was a great cook and was known for her fried chicken and pot roast.

In 1974, Mae married Merville (M.C. Mic) Dickinson, and lived for several years on Lummi Island, before returning to Bellingham to the Dickinson family home on Garden Street. From her bountiful raspberry patch there, she made the best raspberry jam.

Later in life, she worked at The Bon Marche in Bellingham, where she was a favorite employee in the linens department. She was recognized many times over the years for her dedication and her exceptional customer service. Closer to her retirement years she also worked at Griggs in Bellingham.

More recently, Mae lived at Festival Blvd. where she made many friends, and then later moved to Merrill Gardens at Cordata. Even in the short time she was there, she was appointed as an Ambassador, because of her upbeat and positive outlook, and for her always tidy and ready-to-show home.

She took great pride in personal appearance; she was always dressed in a coordinating outfit and jewelry, her hair always perfect. She loved to laugh and had a splendid sense of humor. Her friends at Merrill Gardens said Mae was their role model.

Mae was an avid basketball fan, and her favorite player was Charles Barkley when he played in the NBA. She loved his somewhat unpopular but always straight-forward attitude and opinions. She also enjoyed watching football, but could not endure the slow pace of baseball.

Her favorite weekly outing was lunch at the Olive Garden or Hong Kong Garden with Veda and Marie, her lifelong friends. Mae was most proud of her family and loved to show people pictures of her grandchildren and great grandchildren -- always growing and changing.

Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Mic Dickinson; and her sister, Alice Snider.

She is survived by her brother, Howard Englehart; two daughters, Cheryl Read, of Coupeville and Coleen Mayville, of Richmond, Texas; her son, Roger Clark, of Langley; her stepchildren, Bob, David, Susan, and Jim Dickinson, all of the Bellingham area; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many dear friends and extended family.

She will be remembered by all as the best mom, grandma, and friend anyone could ever have.

Private interment will be at Greenacres Memorial Park. A celebration of Mae's life will be held at a later date. Moles Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Light House Mission, Whatcom Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Merrill Gardens, the staff of Home Instead, Whatcom Hospice, and Highland Care Center for their loving care of Mae in her final weeks.

You may share your thoughts and memories of Mae in the online memorial guest book at

Published in Bellingham Herald on April 4, 2010
Family links: 
  Frank Engelhart (1890 - 1958)
  Josie Mae Moore Engelhart (1895 - 1963)
  Merville C Dickinson (1916 - 2005)
  Mae Engelhart Dickinson (1920 - 2010)
  Howard Frank Engelhart (1923 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenacres Memorial Park
Whatcom County
Washington, USA
Maintained by: Jerry Engelhart
Originally Created by: Barb
Record added: Apr 04, 2010
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- Barb
 Added: Apr. 4, 2010

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