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Marion Rowena (Charlie) Dickson

June 25, 1938 - October 13, 2019


On Sunday, October 13, Charlie Dickson passed away after a heroic battle with lymphoma. This wasn’t her first time battling cancer; she beat breast cancer about 20 years ago, but it makes her fight that much more impressive, as at 81 she was willing to try again, knowing firsthand what chemotherapy and her path to try and beat cancer would be like. I probably would have given up months ago when she was first diagnosed with what was openly described as a terminal case of cancer in her situation, but that was not my mom; she wanted to keep on fighting, in hopes that if she beat it, she could figure out life this time. The lesson for me through our complex relationship is that life is happening right now, today, this morning, this afternoon, this evening. Yes, this minute while you read this post. It isn’t something that we do tomorrow, or next year, or if we “beat this thing”. We, who are still here, are living right now. So live. My mom was an “unforgettable” person, as one relative described her. If you met Charlie, you know this: she was vivacious, infectious, unpredictable, beautiful and charming. She had a ready smile and warmed many people’s hearts with her lively laugh. But she was also complex, multilayered and had another side that was constantly seeking happiness, always looking around the corner for it, hoping it might show its head tomorrow, so consumed with waiting for the big explosion of joy that she often couldn’t see the wonder and delight in the little things happening all around her today. She would want to leave a legacy that would make other people happy; that’s the type of person she was, so let me help her do this. Live like there is no tomorrow, because suddenly, there isn’t. Love everyone always, because that’s what really matters; loving each other (not things) is the only thing that truly brings us joy. And find a way, every day, to be grateful for the little things that surround us constantly, because honestly, the little things are what life is made of.

I love you, Mom.


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From: Tina Vanier
Relation: Good Friend

Charlie was a very dear friend of mine. She was the first friend I made when we moved to Powell River from Vancouver 15 years ago. Our socializing schedule then consisted on lunches where I

would co-ordinate and plan the restaurant for Charlie, Sharron, Linda and myself..

A few Christmas dinners were also part of my fondest memories spent with Charlie, Jim and her family. Sadly, due to my health and life in general, we weren’t able to spend too much time together over the last few years.

Now, I am the only one left of the four of us. Birthdays, Christmas and “every day” just won’t be the same.
In the beginning, Charllie & I went to the yearly Film Festival together. We would watch each Movie and then go out for lunch and thoroughly critique. We then went back for more afternoon viewing and the evening celebration.
Charlie, as we all know, was an extremely talented knitter! Her creations – scarfs, shawls and belts are a beautiful staple of my wardrobe and many others were in town.
Charlie, my dear friend – rest in peace. I’m proud of the love and laughter we shared during hours of being together.
The love, laughter and friendship will always remain in my heart. I regret that I, for one, sadly allowed our friendship to diminish and to drift apart in the last couple of years. I’m so grateful for the love and laughter we shared, you will always remain in my heart, Rest in Peace dear Charlie.

From: Rev. Ken R. Hayden
Relation: Colleague

Dear Jim and Family: I was thinking of Marion and discovered her passing. Marion was a delightful, energetic and warm woman. She was our administrative assistant in Foothills during my time there. She was the best. I never forgot her and often thought about how she aided our ministry by her ministry. She left a legacy and a lasting impression. Rev. Ken Hayden

From: Kelly (Reynolds) Patchet
Relation: Longtime and dear friend of our family.

Oh dear… I am so sorry to discover this news years later. My mom has been trying to reconnect with Charlie for quite a while without success… until this week.

Your mom and dad remain special friends to my parents. Without missing a beat, your parents jumped on a plane to surprise them at their 50th anniversary party. Your dad was the organist at my wedding. And then there were all the parties and fun times in Bobcaygeon reflected in pictures from the 70s with our moms and their big hair. My parent’s week in the Rockies with your folks is a fond memory for them.

I’m not sure if this note will reach you all at this late date, but we wanted to express our heartfelt condolences and remember you all fondly. We hope you’re all well and happy.

And you’re absolutely right… it’s the little things everyday and the people you love that matter and bring joy. Couldn’t agree more.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
October 26, 2019
Beginning at 3:00pm

Powell River United Church
6932 Croften Street Powell River BC
Powell River, BC Canada V8A 5H4

6932 Croften Street Powell River BC
Powell River, BC Canada V8A 5H4

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