Marlene Dickinson (1934 – 2021) obituary – Mount Vernon, WA

Marlene “Molly” Mae Dickinson
February 6, 1934 – October 4, 2021
Mount Vernon, Washington – Marlene “Molly” Dickinson passed away peacefully on October 4, 2021, after battling Alzheimer’s disease. While some memories of her life gradually faded, she never forgot her husband, Bob, who took care of her and visited her until her last days. She was born in Bremerton, Washington on February 6, 1934, to Les and Sarah Nyblod. She was above all a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend.
She is survived by her loving husband Bob and children Ted Lewis, Steve Dickinson, Jeannie Lamphiear and Linda Dickinson, sisters Ruth Nyblod, Diane Watson and half-sisters Sue, Nancy and Mary, and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Zenda Lewis and son Russ Dickinson.
Molly graduated from Arlington High School and then attended Bellingham Technical College to pursue her love of cooking. She became known for her culinary skills and homemade meals, describing herself as “the one who shakes the pots and pans”. She’s created many epic vacation dinners for friends and family. A keen gardener, she tended a brilliant display of hanging pots along her patio and could often be seen in her yard caring for its many flowers. Molly was also a skilled seamstress, having previously assisted a neighbor who needed help with a wedding dress. Later in life, she developed a fondness for cats, and on one occasion, she led a stray animal to the animal shelter, only to return the next day to save it.
With her husband Bob by her side, Molly spent many years traveling in their converted RV bus. She has always been able to create a sense of place on the road, taking with her her impressive collection of kitchen utensils and sometimes a cat.
A Celebration of Molly’s Life will be held at Westford Funeral Home, 1301 Broadway, Bellingham Washington on Thursday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. You can share memories at

Published by Bellingham Herald on October 10, 2021.

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