Rhea Dickson (Rhea Ann Collier) of Rochester, MN passed away at her home October 8,2020.
She was born to Olla and Cecil Collier on April 11, 1935 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Growing up in Chagrin Falls OH, she performed comedy routines with her friend, the future comedian Tim Conway. She maintained this wit and a twinkle in her eyes throughout her life. She attended Denison University where she was a member of the Theta sorority and formed life long friendships with a group of women (the dirty dozen) who gathered together every year until the passing years made group smaller and it harder for those who remained to travel. She married E Rolland (Rollie) Dickson after college. She was a devoted mother to her sons, Rolland and Mark, creating a home that always welcomed their friends and, in the future years, their families. Rhea had 5 grandchildren (Morgan, Mark, Graham, Anna and Jackson Dickson), and one great grandson Rayne, who loved her dearly. She weathered many personal challenges with grace and dignity including the need at age 70 to begin life anew, buying a house, managing her finances for the first time on her own, and adopting her beloved dog Chloe. She became a master of bridge, traveled extensively, stayed loyal to old friends and found a whole group of new ones. She was known for her humor, kindness, generosity and quiet wisdom. She was until the very end, her "mother's daughter" in strength, compassion and kindness, giving and helping people without saying a word and neither asking or accepting anything in return. The family would like to give special thanks to her beloved granddaughter-in-law Jacque - for her loving support of their mother these last years.
A Memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, October 16, 2020 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN. The service will be live streamed at the time of the service on Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes Facebook page. Inurnment will be held at The Congregational Church Memorial Garden Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, please pay your respects by giving to the charity of your choice or to two that Rhea often gave to, The Salvation Army or the Girls and Boys Club of America.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Dickson family; to share a special memory of condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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It was such a wonderful priviledge to have been a friend of Rhea Dickson. She was such a delightful person. She had a wonderful sence of humor and was a very kind and generous person. I will treasure my memories ofher.
Very very sorry to hear about your Mom, I remember her well letting me in on the coldest of winters days, so we could play in your basement, and making us incredible chocolate chip cookies.
My sincere condolences, she will be deeply missed.
Rhea was always a bright spot at the bridge table, and we have missed her these past few years. She was definitely a competitive bridge player and I have great memories of playing on a team with her. She was always gracious and kind to everyone. The world needs more people like Rhea.
My dear friend She will be missed, I will cherish to time a spent with her.
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