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Greater Northwest Baptist Church
Monday December 7th, 2015
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Greater Northwest Baptist Church
Monday December 7th, 2015

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Helen Cornelia Dickson

Helen Cornelia Ratliff Dickson peacefully passed from this earth to her heavenly home on April 27, 2016, at the grand age of 96. She was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1919, in Cumby, Texas, to Lela Chaffin and Joseph Edward Ratliff, Sr. Helen grew up in Commerce and Memphis, Texas, graduating from Commerce High School with honors and from East Texas State University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees.

Helen began teaching at a very early age and remained a highly-respected and well-loved English, history, and business teacher in the public schools of Texas for 42 years, retiring in 1985. Thirty-three of those years were in Commerce. Teaching was her lifeblood and joy; her influence is felt by generations of former students who love and respect her for her kindness, her knowledge, and her love of literature, language, and business.

Helen married L. G. Dickson on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1942, shortly before L.G. was deployed overseas during World War II. They were married for 62 years until his death in 2005.

Helen’s love of learning, her faith in God, her love for her children and grandchildren, and her kindness were the staples of her life. She is survived by Lea Anne DeVega of Plano, Kathy Johns and husband Carl, of Dallas, as well as grandsons Daniel Joseph Edward DeVega of McKinney and Christopher Dickson Garrett of Arlington, Texas. She is predeceased by her husband, L. G. Dickson, her parents, her brother, J.E. Ratliff, Jr., and granddaughter, Kathryn Leigh Garrett.

Helen’s favorite color is red. The family encourages everyone to wear red to the service and visitation! Visitation for Helen is Sunday, May 1, at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Services for this grand lady will be on Monday, May 2, at 11:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Commerce, with burial to follow at Rosemound Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial gifts be given to First United Methodist Church of Commerce, The Alumni Scholarship Fund at Texas A&M University Commerce, or to the Commerce Public Library.

Pallbearers will be Daniel DeVega, Christopher Garrett, Jim Peek, Brian Ratliff, Greg Ratliff and Byron Titus.

Interment service follows church service.


Sunday, May 01, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1209 Live Oak Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

Funeral Service

Monday, May 02, 2016
11:00 AM

First United Methodist Church
1709 State Highway 50
Commerce, Texas 75428

Interment Service

Monday, May 02, 2016
12:00 PM

Rosemound Cemetery
688 Sycamore Street
Commerce, Texas 75428

Interment service follows church service.

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I have fond memories of being in Mrs. Dickson's classes. Rest in peace.

Linda Thomas Graham Aug 4 2016 12:00 AM

Mrs. Dickson was a wonderful counselor, teacher and friend. It was great seeing her at our class reunions over the years. She never forgot anyone and will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Joe Edd McAlister

Joe Edd McAlister May 2 2016 12:00 AM

It was an honor to know and care for Mrs. Dickson. She was a pleasure to be around. I am grateful to have been a small part of her life. She was very proud of her career teaching English and was very supportive of my decision to join the ranks of English teachers. She often told me stories of her teaching days with loving affection for her students and she stood as an ideal for emulation. I will carry her passion with me and try to make her proud when I enter my own classroom one day.

Amanda Luellen May 2 2016 12:00 AM

Mrs. Dickson was my 7th grade English teacher at Commerce Middle School in 1974-75. She was a wonderful teacher and a very elegant person. When I think back on my school years, Mrs. Dickson stands out as one of the teachers I most respected and whom had great influence on me as a student and a person. May she rest in peace.

Chris Elliott Apr 30 2016 12:00 AM

Kathy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Lola

Lola Lee-Brown Apr 29 2016 12:00 AM

I loved her dearly AND I can STILL recite ' PAUL REVERS RIDE ' THANK YOU MRS. DICKSON!!! Rest in Peace Eternally... TJD.

Tommie Dodd Apr 29 2016 12:00 AM

Fond memories!

Vicki and Jerry Davis Apr 29 2016 12:00 AM

Kathy, I have prayers going up for you and Christopher and your family. What a legacy she and your dad have you all. May God brighten your days knowing she lived such a spiritual life. She was always so kind to me. Barbara

Barbara Lacy Apr 29 2016 12:00 AM

Ms. Helen Dickson taught most of the Wasington family and I loved her. She will always be in our hearts. Her daughter, Kathy, my sister, my classmate, we will miss her so much , but we have great memories.

Brenda Washingotn Crockett Apr 29 2016 12:00 AM

Kathy and LeAnn, I am so sad to hear about your mother passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be truly missed. Both of you are in my prayers.

Charlotte Street Johnson Apr 28 2016 12:00 AM

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