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Barbara Jean Dickinson, age 75, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday evening, Jan. 12, 2011 at her home following a brief illness. The daughter of Alvin & Stella (Scofield) Matthews, she was born on April 26, 1935 near Greenville.

At the age of 16 she began working at McClellans Dime Store in downtown Greenville and continued there for 18 years until hiring in to the former Gibson Refrigerator Company where she retired in 1996.

A devoted mother, Barbara also was an avid reader, enjoyed yard work, gardening, crossword and sudoko puzzles and was still active in league bowling. She had been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Lester J. Sitts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5065 in Sheridan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Edward Matthews; a sister, Ivadell Snyder; and a brother, Roy Matthews. Surviving are her children, Donna & L.B. Boyce of Greenville, Tony & Tracy Dickinson of Gowen, and Terry & Geri Dickinson of Orleans; her former husband, Erwin Bud Dickinson of Greenville; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Sawdy of Sheridan and Elsie Cesar of Greenville; two brothers, Loyal & Jana Matthews of Delaware and Wilbur & Doreene Matthews of Cedar Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family is on Monday from 5-6 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with a family prayer service and time to share memories beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Honoring Barbaras wishes, cremation has taken place and burial will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Barbaras online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on January 12, 2011 at 12:00 am


    01/19/2011 –

    Aaron Dickinson

    You were always an kind and loving Grandma, thank you for always being there, love you always

    01/19/2011 –

    Lisa Dickinson

    Grandma, You were loved. Thank you for the memories; it was always evident how much you loved your family. I wish we had spent more time together, but I know you’re at peace now and in a better place and that brings contentment to my heart. Keep a look out for us, ok? You’re still Grandma.

    01/18/2011 –

    Leslie Henman (Dickinson)

    My thoughts and prayers are with my family through this heartbreaking time. There’s nothing I can say that will ease your pain but I just wanted you all to know I am thinking of you… Dad, Uncle Tony, Aunt Donna and Grandpa. We love you so much and Grandma will be missed. Leslie, Brad and Brady

    01/17/2011 –

    Elijah Boyce.

    Gramma Barb and I close friends.We did every thing to gether.And Ilove her very much

    01/16/2011 –

    Brenda Gillman

    I am very sorry for your loss. I am praying for you.

    01/16/2011 –

    Kelly Ross

    Donna & family, sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant you peace during this difficult time.

    01/15/2011 –

    Randy & Stacey Baker

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    01/15/2011 –

    Lorraine Lixie

    I was sorry to hear about your loss.Your Whole family is in my Prayers.

    01/14/2011 –

    Judy Wilcox

    Aunt Barb, May the angels in heaven plant many flowers with you. You are in Gods place now may you have much peace and happiness with Grandpa and Uncle Roy and Aunt Ivy.
    TO Donna, Tony and Terry my prayers and thoughts to you and yours May God’s blessings be with you..

    01/14/2011 –

    Deanna Kent Whitehead

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Deanna Kent Whitehead

    01/13/2011 –

    Kimberly Moore-Smith

    Tony and Tracy, My deepest sympathy upon the loss of you mother. May your memories bring you comfort and peace now and in the days and months to come.

    01/13/2011 –

    Wilbur Matthews

    With all our sympathy to Barbs children and her other siblings..Love and peace
    Wilbur and doreen

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