Verla Evalan Ann DickisonNovember 26, 2017
Verla Evalan Ann Dickison, late of Weyburn, SK, passed away November 26, 2017, at the age of 82 years.
Verla was predeceased by her parents: Edwin and Alice Smith; husband Leonard Dickison; son Gerald Dickison; sister Marilyn Smith; brothers: Harold, Harley, Marvin and Larry Smith.
Verla is survived by her children: Gordon (Lorna) Dickison, Manor, SK, Beth Berlovan, Weyburn, SK, Jean Blachford, Weyburn, SK, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Eryn Dickison, Andrea (Kyle) Smyth and their children Holden and Hale; Jessie Leigh (Michael) Johnston and their children: Gabriel, Emily and Hazel; Brian Berlovan (Dallas Wuschenny) and his children: Tori and Summer; Justin (Jessie) MacKenzie and their children; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Verla Evalan Ann Dickiso (nee: Smith), was the third child born to Edwin and Alice Smith at Alida, SK. She attended Edenvaille School and then moved to Redvers and went to Yale School where she helped her mother work with the youngest kids, was the caretaker at the Yale School and helped the neighbors with housekeeping. They moved to Manor where Verla helped in the restaurant and made beds in the hotel.
In 1954, Verla married Leonard Dickison at the United Church in Manor, SK. Farm work was now shared as they raised cattle, pigs, ducks, chickens and turkeys. They also raised four children: Gordon, Beth, Jean and Gerald. In 1983 they sold the farm and moved to Weyburn, SK to retire, buying a duplex in the Moffat Lawn. Verla liked to cut the grass, tend to the big gardens, flowers, plants and trees around the Moffat duplex. It was a big lawn, and she kept it clean. Verla liked to cook, clean house, cars and cared a lot about house plants. She liked clocks, dishes, raised fish and went to the Zion Lutheran Church and cleaned pews, as well as taught Sunday School classes for many years.
Verla and her son Gerald liked to travel. Together they visited many places in the United States such as Disney Land, Elvis Presley's Place, Hank William's grave in Alabama, watched a Alan Jackson country concert in Dallas, Texas. They also travelled to British Columbia, out East and north in White Court.
Mom liked to feed the squirrels and birds. She really liked her neighbors and living in Weyburn, SK where there was so much to do, talking with people, and going for walks.
When Pastor Kelly Henning became the pastor at the Lutheran Church is Lake Alma, Verla and her daughter Jean travelled to Lake Alma for worship on Sundays. Verla was so happy with Pastor Henning whom she had know for many years, as well as her church friends. Verla got to know many nice people.
A Service of Remembrance for Verla was held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. from RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK with Pastor Kelly Henning officiating. Lunch followed the service at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK. Interment will be held at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, SK.
For family and friends so wishing charitable donations in memory of Verla may be made to the Faith Free Lutheran Church, Box 225, Lake Alma, SK, S0C 1M0 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 917 A. Albert Street, Regina, SK, S4R 2P6.