|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1883|
|Death: ||Jul. 9, 1937, USA|
Ruth Hicken was born June 10, 1883, in Heber City, Utah. She was the daughter of Patriarch Thomas and Margaret Powell Hicken.
At the age of seven she started school in the old rock school house in the Heber Second Ward with George Barzee as her first teacher. She recorded that she had other teachers but always remembered him as being very kind. Henry Baird was her eighth grade teacher.
Ruth had a love for the gospel of Jesus Christ and great faith in the power of the Priesthood. She was very patient and a loving person. Patriarch Thomas Hicken had a special gift of healing and exercised it many times in behalf of his family and others in the Heber Valley. Shortly after the birth of her son, Ray, Ruth contracted diphtheria and was not expected to live. Her father blessed a handkerchief and passed it through the window to the quarantined room to her mother and Ruth was healed overnight.
Three months after Thomas Hicken's death, Ruth was to go to the hospital for a stomach operation and the family fasted and prayed. That evening her father came from beyond the veil and placed his hands on her stomach. She was healed instantly and never had the operation.
Ruth loved her father and served him well. On many occasions, she traveled with him, acting as his recorder when he gave patriarchal blessings. She was privileged to record her own blessing and her family has the original handwritten copy. In addition to being a recorder for her father Ruth served in the Church as a Sunday Schoolteacher, in the MIA, and sang in the choir for many years.
A young man named Albert Dickson from Morgan, Utah, came to Heber selling pictures from door to door and stopped at the Hicken house. When he left her father told her that he was the man she would marry. This proved to be a prophecy because at the age of nineteen she married Albert Douglas Dickson on November 26, 1902, in the Salt Lake Temple.
They had nine children, Marvin Douglas, Thomas William, Lola Mae (Curry), Ray, Jack Albert, Bert Hicken, Margaret Helen (Ohlwiler Nightingale), Max Charles and Allen Slade. Allen died in infancy. She and Albert lived and raised their family in Heber. None of the family remember their parents ever having cross words or quarreling in their presence.
Albert was a barber with Frank Epperson for over 30 years. He also sold Chevrolet cars for Storm McDonald and helped formulate and sell life insurance with Clyde Broadbent in the old company called the Mutual Aid Society. He was active in politics and served a term on the Heber City Council. He loved sports and hunting and fishing with his sons and friends.
Ruth was an excellent cook and entertained the relatives from Salt Lake frequently. She was the spiritual rock in the family and Albert, though not active in the organized activities of the Church, always attended Stake Conference. He taught his family honesty, fair play, and many attributes of good character by example. It was said at his funeral that he never repeated a smutty story or gossiped about anyone.
Varicose veins and the exertions of caring for a large family proved to be a drain on Ruth's health. One day Ray, her grown son, distressed at her poor health, asked why she had so many children. She demonstrated her beautiful character by asking, "Would you like to have been the one I didn't have?"
By today's standards Ruth's life was cut short by a blood clot causing a stroke. She passed away at age fifty three on July 9, 1937. Albert passed away December 20, 1942, as a result of complications following an operation. They are buried in the Heber City Cemetery beside their infant son, Allen Slade Dickson.
Hicken Family History
Thomas Hicken (1826 - 1915)
Margaret Powell Hicken (1847 - 1925)
Albert Douglas Dickson (1877 - 1942)*
Marvin Douglas Dickson (1904 - 1975)*
Thomas William Dickson (1906 - 1973)*
Lola May Dickson (1908 - 2000)*
Ray Dickson (1911 - 1982)*
Jack Albert Dickson (1913 - 1996)*
Bert Hicken Dickson (1916 - 1990)*
Allen Slade Dickson (1926 - 1926)*
Elizabeth Hicken Averett (1846 - 1925)**
Addison Hicken (1850 - 1924)**
Thomas E Hicken (1852 - 1946)**
John Henry Hicken (1859 - 1938)**
David William Hicken (1861 - 1953)**
Maria Catherine Hicken Baum (1869 - 1934)*
Sarah Ann Hicken (1870 - 1884)*
Rachel Emma Hicken Sessions (1872 - 1898)*
Charles Willard Hicken (1874 - 1952)*
Ruth Hicken Dickson (1883 - 1937)
Heber City Cemetery
Maintained by: Rhonda
Originally Created by: June Cares
Record added: Dec 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45052437