Katherine Mary DicksonJune 7, 1943 ~ May 10, 2017 (age 73)
Katherine Mary (O’Neill) Dickson
Katherine Mary (O’Neill) Dickson was born in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland. She was the daughter of Martin and Julia O’Neill; sister to Mary, Johnny and Danny.
After becoming a Registered Nurse and Midwife in Ireland, she came to Fort Worth, Texas to work for one year.
She met and married Thomas W. Dickson and spent the next 45 years away from Ireland. She had 2 sons, Leon Dickson and Bryan W. Dickson.
Katherine was a grandmother to Isabella Rose, Kian O’Neill, Ren William, and Kimmy Kerry. She was a mother to her 2 daughters in law, Nozomi Nonaka and Janet Case, both of whom she loved emphatically. She was extremely proud of her sons, their extended families and her grandchildren.
During her nursing career, she earned licenses in New York, Texas and Idaho while moving with Tom during his Air Force career. After arriving in Idaho she fell in love with the state. She often drove to the family retreat in Donnelly to spend her vacations away from nursing. Tending to her flowers and trees on the property and at home was her true love. She was proud to say a tree was planted at every home she lived in during her travels. She loved to nurture all of her hundreds of flowers and took pleasure in watching life flourish under her care.
Katherine spent 21 years working at St. Alphonsus; 10 years in Orthopedics, and 11 in Behavioral Health.
After retiring in 2010, she and Tom hit the road in their motorhome. They both loved to travel, staying in Texas over the winter, and returning to Donnelly to spend their summers. Katherine made many friends while on the road. One of her many skills and passions was engaging others in conversation. She loved to revel in the affairs of people. It was people that she both cared for and enjoyed the companionship of
In 2012 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After initial treatment the first year she had total remission. In 2015 the cancer returned. She fought hard and long but succumbed on May 10, 2017. Cancer took her life but not her love for family, her faith, or her legacy for serving others in need.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 6300 N. Meridian Rd, in Meridian.