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Margaret Dickey, 94, formerly of Starrucca, PA passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2010 in Madison Twp., PA where she lived with her daughter Nancy Chesik for the past 3 years.

Margaret was born on October 9, 1916 in Sterling, PA, the daughter of the late Loftus and Bertha (Munro) Smith.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Clyde Dickey on August 16, 1989; son Nelson Dickey; three brothers Bertrand Smith, Donald (Steuben) Smith, Loftus Smith, Jr.; and a sister Jean Kaughman.

Margaret is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law Norman & Sue Dickey, Harpursville, NY and Neil (Dan) Dickey, Harpursville, NY; one daughter Nancy Chesik, Madison Twp., PA; daughter-in-law Phyllis Dickey, Little Falls, NY; sister Elizabeth Luz, Lansdale, PA; sister-in-law Doris Smith; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and their families to numerous to mention by name, but loved just the same.

Margaret was raised on the family farm in Sterling, PA. She walked to school in Sterling and attended Moscow High School. She went to Bloomsburg University where she made and sold cinnamon buns and bread to help pay for her education. She graduated in 1938 with a degree in education. She moved to Starrucca with a teaching job where she met her husband (an Army Veteran) Clyde. They were married on March 3, 1945. They lived in Clyde’s family house where they raised four children and numerous cats, dogs and other critters. She taught in the Susquehanna Community School District at Laurel Street Elementary School where she dedicated herself to helping the needs of children of special education. Not only did she give of herself during school, but on her own time she brought children home, to take care of and gave them new and used clothes. She retired from teaching in June, 1979. After her retirement Margaret & Clyde did a lot of traveling, all around the United States and abroad. Although Clyde always said he could see the same things sitting on his back porch, he went along.

Margaret was a devoted member of the Starrucca United Methodist Church. You could always find her in the kitchen baking or cooking for a church functions, something she loved to do. Besides being involved with the church she was a member of the Wayne County Historical Society, Delta Kappa Gamma, Starrucca Civic Association. For many years she wrote a column for the Susquehanna County Transcript which many people near and far enjoyed immensely. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Body of Christ Church in Starrucca, PA with Rev. Lloyd Canfield officiating.

The burial will be in the Starrucca Cemetery in Starrucca, PA. The family will receive friends at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, Pa. on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

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