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Obituary of Stella Mildred Dickson

Funeral services for Stella Mildred Dickson, 101 ½, of Lovington, NM will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm at First Christian Church with David Stewart officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven cemetery. Mildred was born on April 22, 1917 on a farm near Panhandle, TX to Ora and Dora Mae Beiderwell and passed away on November 8, 2018 in Lovington. She rode a horse across the fields to a one room schoolhouse and she and her three brothers worked on the farm, driving tractors to plow, and combines to harvest the wheat and milo. She graduated from Panhandle High School and later entered nurses training at St. Anthony's Hospital & School of Nursing in Amarillo, TX, graduating as a registered nurse. She worked at West Texas Hospital in Amarillo until responding to an ad for an R.N. to work in a small hospital in Lovington, called Gillett Hospital. She worked for Dr. Gillett until he was called into service during WWII. She returned to Panhandle, TX and worked there and in Amarillo until Dr. Gillett returned from military duty and she returned to Lovington and worked for him until his retirement. She also was employed at Lea General Hospital and as office nurse for Dr. Charles Hargreaves and worked private duty at Hobbs and Lovington Hospitals and private clients. She married John "Milton" Dickson in Amarillo, TX on December 12, 1942 and after his discharge from the Army Air Force they made their home in Lovington. Mildred & Milton built a cabin in Ruidoso to be a summer get-away and later sold it and bought a home in Cloudcroft which they enjoyed on weekends. They were avid "snow-mobilers" and members of the Senior Cloud Riders Snowmobile Club in Cloudcroft. She was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Nursing Home for many years and sewed the clothing protectors for residents for over ten years. Mildred was very active, spending lot in her yard, being sure bird feeders were full and even in her 90's was often seen riding her lawn mower mowing the yard. She attended First Christian Church when able and was loved by many people.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband of sixty four years: Milton; and three brothers.

Surviving her is her son: Glen Milton and wife Brenda Dickson of San Antonio, TX and daughter: HuElla Dickson of Lovington; her daughter by heart: Jean Lancaster; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and a host of friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm at the funeral home.

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