|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1904|
|Death: ||Aug. 14, 2007|
Alice Jane Dickerson, 103, of Parsons, a former Kansas City resident, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Parsons Good Samaritan Center.
Alice was born at home on the family farm near McCune on Feb. 11, 1904. She was the first-born child of Joshua Uhrich and Elvira Jane (Clayworth) Dickerson. When she was a toddler her family moved to Harper, where Alice played with the prairie dogs since there weren't any other children for her to play with. She and her family returned to the Parsons area in 1907. Alice attended Whittier School for her elementary years and then went to high school in Parsons for three years. When Parsons schools began to charge tuition to rural students outside its district, she attended Labette County Community High School, graduating in 1923.
Alice spent many fun-filled days with her grandparents, John Edward (a Labette County commissioner) and Lucy Mary Uhrich Dickerson, at their farm east of Parsons.
After high school graduation, Alice attended Pittsburg State Teachers College and received a certificate to teach. In 1924, she taught at Salem School west of Parsons, teaching 42 students in grades one through eight. In 1925 she taught at Concord School east of Parsons, where she received a salary of $50 per month.
For many years she worked in the home of Dr. Urie in Parsons, caring for children and doing office work. With the onset of World War II she left Parsons and went to Kansas City to work at the Rearwin Engine Co. in the blueprint file department. When the company was sold to the Commonwealth Aircraft, she worked on blueprints and instrument boards for which she had a top secret clearance from the government.
When the war ended, she worked for the Kansas City, Mo., school district. She then took a job with Reliance Printing Co. where she worked as a printing estimator for 25 years before retiring at age 67. During her retirement years she worked as a receptionist at University Towers Retirement Center, where she lived. She retired from that job when she was in her 80s.
During the 1950s Alice took dancing lessons at Arthur Murray Studios and participated in weekly dance sessions. In 1958, she traveled to Havana, Cuba, with the group and danced at the Hotel Nationale. She also traveled to Las Vegas and Chicago with the dance group.
Linwood United Methodist Church played a central part of Alice's life for many years. She was active in the Talisman Sunday School Class and United Methodist Women, traveling to a national conference in New York City when she was 80 years old.
Alice was very active in the Kansas City, Mo., Republican Women's Association, serving as the president for several terms. In 2000, the state of Missouri Republican Women honored Alice for her dedication and service to the organization.
Although Alice had no children of her own, she was a special woman to her nieces and nephews, offering love and inspiration in a non-judgmental way. She provided them with their first taste of the big city, taking them to Swope Park Zoo, Starlight Theater, to restaurants, to dance parties at the Arthur Miller Studio and offered a free place to live while looking for employment.
She is survived by nieces and nephews: Eugene (Barbara) Dickerson, Oswego; John (Susie) Dickerson, Eudora; Mary Dee Dickerson, San Diego, Calif.; Shirley (Ron) Clark, Albuquerque, N.M.; Linda Dickerson Brant, Davis, Calif.; Dave (Judy) Dickerson, Cedar Hill, Texas; Nancy (Dut) Whetzel, Pueblo, Colo.; Roger (Mary) Dickerson, Overland Park; Sara (Jim) Bernard, Prairie Village; and Bill (Pat) Dickerson, Parsons; 32 great-nieces and nephews; and her sister-in-law, Mary Dickerson Tollefson.
Alice is preceded in death by her parents, Joshua and Elvira (Jenny) Dickerson; her brothers, Edward, Howard and Max; her sisters-in-law, Fern and Lucille; her niece, Jane; nephew Darrell; great-niece, Robin; and great-nephew, Joshua.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Good Samaritan Society of Parsons, and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357. City, died Aug. 14, 2007. Service 10:30 a.m. Friday, Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Survivors: nephews, Eugene, John, Dave, Roger and Bill Dickerson; nieces, Mary Dee Dickerson, Shirley Clark, Linda Dickerson Brant, Nancy Whetzel, Sara Bernard.
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