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Eliza "Peggy" Dickson


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Eliza "Peggy" Dickson

Eliza "Peggy" Dickson, 97, of Rock Springs died June 8, 2015 of natural causes. She was a resident of Green River for more than 70 years, prior to moving to Rock Springs last year.

She was born on July 23, 1917, in West Bountiful, Utah, the 10th child of George Parkin and Jesse Mann Parkin. She attended schools in a one room school house near Granger, for four years and at the Forest Grade School and Jordan Junior High in Salt lake City, Utah. She graduated in 1935 from The Utah High School of Beauty Culture, also in Salt lake City, Utah.

She married Wayne Bryson Dickson on March 4, 1938 in Salt lake City. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on January 26, 1954. Wayne preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1997.

Dickson was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in various positions including relief society president, visiting teacher and sacrament meeting greeter.

She was a homemaker and also worked outside the home at Joe Gosar's, Dell's and City Market. She was an Avon representative for many years.

She was a charter member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer in Sweetwater County, the Union Pacific Old Timers, a charter member of the Debonair Dance Group and the Squarenaders square dance group.

Her interests included her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren,and great- great grandchildren, quilting, sewing clothes for herself and her family, baking, playing gin rummy and she was an author. In 1981 she published a historical memoir of her Parkin, Foulds, Mann & Busby family lines called "Precious Gems."

Survivors include her four daughters, Lynne and husband Don Hoffman of Woods Cross, Utah, Georgeen and husband Ron Harris of Rock Springs, Ann Dickson and husband Jim Rainey of Devil's Tower and Evelana and husband John Henderson of Rock Springs; 16 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren, 31 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Jay Dickson, a son-in-law, six brothers, three sisters, two grandsons and one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. June 13 at the Green River 1st and 3rd Ward Chapel, 1000 W 4th North in Green River. A viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday at Fox Funeral Home at 2800 Commercial Way in Rock Springs and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church.

Pallbearers will be her granddaughters Jae McCullough, Shawn Barrett, Kari Jarman, Leslie Taylor, Becky Miller, and Jane Ewoniuk.  Honorary pallbearers will be Patti Brown, Sara Hoffman, Karrie Botello, Tina Botello, Erin Henderson, Shanon DeBernardi, and Stephanie Henderson.

Interment will take place in the Rest Haven Memorial Cemetery, North Rock Springs.

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