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Emmalene JoAnn Dickey

January 9, 1927 - January 22, 2017

After many years of enduring a long period of declining physical health, Emmalene JoAnn Dickey passed away peacefully on January 22, 2017. She was born in Bay City, Oregon to Archie and Ruth Sybil Bair on January 9, 1927.  JoAnn as she was known most of her life spent her early years growing up in Bay City, and then moved to Salem where she graduated from Salem High School now North Salem High School.  Emmalene JoAnn Bair married Everett Philip Dickey in 1952.  They were married for 60 years at the time of his death on August 2, 2013. 
After they married they lived for a short time in Eugene before moving to Canby.  In 1955 they moved to Salem and then later Keizer.  Before JoAnn was married she worked as a telephone operator in Salem. When she and Phil started to raise a family, JoAnn primarily stayed at home to raise their three children. She worked in the canneries during the summers, and also worked in elections, both at the local precinct and in the elections office when living in Keizer. JoAnn enjoyed time with family, cooking, canning, sewing. One of her favorite places to visit was the Oregon coast. She also had a great sense of humor and really enjoyed spending time with her cousins, nieces, and nephews. A visit by several of her nieces earlier in 2016 brought a big smile to her face, and joy that had become so rare for her as her condition continued to get worse. 
JoAnn was a committed Christian and lived her commitment out in her life.  JoAnn and Phil were long time members of the Salem Foursquare Church on Broadway.  She was a regular member of the choir, sang solos and duets with Phil, played the organ, and helped produce the weekly church bulletin.  Many of the comments received after the news of her passing recalled her kindness, and her positive influence on their lives.  Her faith carried through both the good and bad times of life.  Even as her health continued to deteriorate and pain would worsen she would lean on her faith to carry her through the difficult times. When she passed from this life it was clear that this faith that carried her in a peaceful transition from this life to eternal life with her Lord and Savior JoAnn was preceded in death by Phil, her husband of 60 years. She is survived by her daughter Debbie Fischer, sons Stephen Diana, and Chris Mary, 5 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. 
Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services and internment is at Belcrest Memorial Gardens in Salem, Oregon.

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I was one of the nieces who was able to visit her earlier in 2016, and it wasn't just her face that had the big smile.  She will always be remembered with love for the strong woman she was.  May you find true peace and happiness forever...and as I said to you as we were saying good-bye.."Love you always"