Mary Dickinson

Mary Lou Dickinson

1933 - 2022

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MERIGOMISH - Mary Lou (MacDonald) Dickinson, 88, Merigiomish, formerly of Linacy, passed away peacefully, Saturday, October 1, 2022, with her family by her side.


Born at home in Linacy on December 17, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Charles David and Janet Catherine (Robertson) MacDonald. Following graduation from New Glasgow High School, Mary Lou completed secretarial training in Halifax.  She had been employed with the New Glasgow Town Office, the former New Glasgow High School, East Pictou Rural High School, Odeon Drive-In, and Goodman Department Store, New Glasgow until its closing in 1985. Mary Lou also worked as a companion/care giver in Linacy, Merigomish and Halifax. She loved spending the summers at her beloved cottage in Lismore, where she planted vegetable and flower gardens.  Mary Lou enjoyed many walks along the beach, woods, and trails by the cottage, watching the animals, birds and boats that passed by. Her family are comforted by warm memories and the legacy of love and industriousness that she has left.  Mary Lou will be dearly missed by all those she loved.


Surviving are children, Linda Knox, Merigomish; David Dickinson, Kenzieville; Patricia (Lester) Fitzpatick, Linacy; Virginia (Brian) Mahoney, Stellarton; James Dickinson, Hamilton; grandchildren, Damon Fitzpatrick, Linacy; Abby (Tyler) Charlton, Carstairs, Alta.; Vincent Mahoney (Chrissy MacLeod), Stellarton; Erin (Paul) Starr, Montreal, Que.; Jessica Mahoney (Shawn Bisson), Halifax; Bradley Mahoney, Stellarton; great-grandchildren, Chloe Maielle Charlton, Emsley Gray Charlton, Rhett Nixon Charlton, Ryver Nash Charlton; Payton Brian Mahoney, Austin Cooper and Lawrence John Starr; nieces and nephews, Karen, John, Diane, Kathy and Christine;  cousins, Alex “Sandy”, Kent “Bubs”, Barbie, Marion and Graham.


Besides her parents, Mary Lou was predeceased by grandson, Nicholas Fitzpatrick in infancy; brother, John R. “Jack” MacDonald; niece, Charlotte MacDonald; nephew, Raylo Dickinson; cousin, Murray MacDonald; sisters-in-law, Lena Dickinson, Hazel Dickinson, and Mary MacDonald; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Dickinson, and Stewart Dickinson.


The family wish to thank Kristal MacLean, NP, the Pictou County VON Nurses and Continuing Care Assistants, Rachel MacDonald, RN, Aberdeen Palliative Care and Nurse Next Door Continuing Care Assistants for their care and compassion.


In honour of Mary Lou's wishes a graveside service for family and close friends will be held in Riverview Cemetery, Merigomish with Rev. Gail Johnson Murdock officiating.


Family flowers only. If desired, donations may be made in Mary Lou’s memory to Pictou County SPCA, Hope for Wildlife, Pictou County Chapter of CARMA (Cat Rescue Maritimes), Riverview Cemetery or Pictou County VON.





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