Dorothy E. (Dickinson) Dickinson

July 26, 1919 ~ November 30, 2018 (age 99)

Dorothy E. Dickinson, 99, of Hampden, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Baystate Medical Center. Born in Springfield, to the late Earle and C. Blanche (Bailey) Dickinson, she lived in Agawam until 1933 when the family moved to Hampden. She attended school in Agawam and Hampden and graduated from Springfield Trade School. It was a hard time to find jobs, so Dot waitressed in Springfield then worked at the Putney School in Vermont. When things were brighter in the labor market in 1942, she came home and went to work at Smith & Wesson, staying 30 years. Dot then went to Dan Wesson Arms for 11 years. She retired in 1983 to her home and enjoyed life. Dot always had animals to keep her busy and for the kids in the family to enjoy; ponies, horses and chickens. On her 95th birthday, she was still doing her “chicken chores.” Throughout the years she was always active in the local 4H clubs. At the Eastern States Exposition, she worked in the 4H building doing whatever was asked of her. For example, at age 90 she worked polishing apples and loved it when people would remember her from previous years’ fairs. She was also a member of the Hampden Federated Church for many years. In addition to her parents, Dot was predeceased by her twin brother Donald, sister Roberta Johnson and her lifelong friend of more than 75 years, Polly Hayden. She is survived by her brother Robert and his wife Barbara of Enfield, CT, many cherished nieces and nephews and many great and great, great nieces and nephews. Dot always said she was so lucky to have so many friends from all walks of life, and the best neighbors you could find. She would sit in her chair and look out the window, down through the fields, over the river to the woods, and the world was ok. The family is grateful to John Hayden for the years of care and concern he has shown to Dorothy. To honor’s Dot’s wishes, a Graveside Service will be held in the Spring in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Wilbraham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Dot’s name may be made to Hampden Federated Community Church, 590 Main St., Hampden, MA 01036.

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