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Donna Jack Dickson


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Donna Jack Dickson

Donna Jack Dickson passed away June 13, 2015 in her sleep at the Sublette Center in Pinedale, where she had resided since 1998. 

She and her husband of 67 years, Bill Dickson previously lived in Rock Springs, where Bill was a successful business man who owned and operated insurance and real estate firms. He was also involved in other various enterprises, including several housing and recreational developments in Rock Springs.

Donna was born in Maple Valley, Mich. on Aug. 31, 1916 and spent her early years in Grand Rapids, Mich.

She began teaching in Oshoto at a small country school at 18 years of age after just one year of college in Spearfish, S.D. Donna then attended the University of Wyoming and got her education degree before teaching in Torrington until she married and moved to Rock Springs, his hometown.

While residing in Rock Springs Donna taught for five years until their daughter Jamie was born. Donna was an artist her entire life. She painted with oils and worked in charcoal. She was on the Governor's Council for the Arts in Wyoming and on the board for the arts at Western Wyoming College for many years.

She was an active member of the Women's Club in Rock Springs, the Congregational Church and the Philanthropic Educational Organization. 

She played a mean game of bridge and belonged to numerous bridge clubs, some of which were couples groups that Bill also attended. Fishing was a passion for Donna, golfing with family and friends, avid reader and never missed a party. She took many creative writing classes at WWCC and wrote a number of hysterical memoirs, some of which were published. Donna loved to travel and during her life she visited the Caribbean, Africa, Japan, Mexico and Korea.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and two sisters.  She is survived by her daughter Jamie Kaul; son-in-law Mike Kaul; two grandsons, Richard Kaul of Grand Junction, Colo. and David Kaul of New York City. She left three adored great grandchildren, Kaitlin, Madeline and Jack of Grand Juction, Colo.

Donna never met a stranger. She turned everyone she came in contact with into a friend. She had a multitude of admirers and in this context the family asks those who cherish their memories of their association with her to make a donation to the Community Church, P.O. Box 646, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941 or the Sublette Center Medical Wing, P.O. Box 788, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941.

The family is planning a tribute to her life with family and friends at Mike and Jamie's house July 3, at 1 p.m., 323 Fremont Lake Road in Pinedale. Please come and share your Donna stories at our picnic.

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