KILMARNOCK—Jean Arthur Dickie passed away to be with her maker on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
She was born in Coatbridge, Scotland on December 14, 1932, to her parents, Jane and James Arthur, who pre-deceased her.
On August 21, 1953 she married John Watson Dickie, also born in Coatbridge, Scotland. They had three children – Ruby, Robert and Gavin – before moving to the United States in 1968, where they lived in Staunton and then Verona.
Jean started a business under the name House of Scotland, selling goods imported from Scotland. That took the two of them into the Scottish Highland Games business with visits to some 30 venues each year up and down the East Coast of America.
When it came time to retire they decided to move to Eastern Virginia and found a property in the Northern Neck where the Great Wicomico River meets the Chesapeake Bay and built a home to take advantage of the surrounding view of water.
In the meantime they lost their daughter, Ruby, to pancreatic cancer in September 2011, but still have Robert and Gavin and son-in-law Wally Scherer as well as three grandsons through Ruby—John, Scott and Rob, and two granddaughters through Gavin—Morgan and Brooke.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 1, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kilmarnock.