Ethel Dick
Ethel Dick

Burial Service

12:15 pm
Saturday, October 16, 2021
White Eagle Memorial Preserve
Ekone Ranch
Goldendale, Washington, United States
Burial Service

Obituary of Ethel Marie Dick

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Ethel Marie Dick was born on November 21, 1923, to Julia (Dauksas) and Seymour White, in the Manhattan district known as Inwood. Ethel wore her identity as a true-blue New Yorker in her heart for almost 98 years. She died in Olympia, WA, on October 4, 2021. Her daughter, Laura Cameron, was at her side. Miss Ethel White excelled in school, graduating early from Walton High School in 1939; a ticket-stub shows she celebrated with a visit to the New York World’s Fair. Ethel went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1944, studying Russian and French, astronomy and psychology. Her language skills led to an offer to work for the State Department in post-World War II Berlin, but her mother, having fled Lithuania years earlier, worried about her only child living so close to Russia. Instead, Ethel worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a ticket agent and in a couturier’s atelier on New York’s Fashion Avenue. In 1949, Ethel made a decision – on a coin-toss, she often said – that changed the course of her life. Leaving her career in fashion design, she entered the new Teachers Program at City College of New York, and found her life’s calling. She went on to take a Master’s degree in Guidance at Colorado A&M in 1952. She taught 5th grade for many years, and jumped at the opportunity to serve as her school’s Reading Coordinator, believing that learning to love to read was the key to every child’s success. She went on to teach at Vernon Elementary and Middle schools in East Norwich, NY, until her retirement in 1985. In her very first school, she met a handsome fellow teacher, Ronald Dick. After a whirlwind courtship – their first date was a predawn hunting expedition in upstate New York – they married in April 1953. Every summer, they traveled as far as time and money allowed. At first, they roamed the Rocky Mountains, taking Laura on long, cross-country train trips to Colorado, Alberta and Alaska. In 1967, they took their first overseas jet flight across the Atlantic to tour the United Kingdom and Europe. Even after several round-the-world trips to India and the Far East, Ethel regarded Britain’s stately homes, cathedrals and pubs as her ‘second home.’ Ethel and Ron continued to travel after both retired in 1985, but Ethel found the best part of leisure was the opportunity to indulge her passions for sewing and needlecrafts. Her projects – including needlepoint and beautifully embellished children’s clothes – regularly won prizes, including a grand champion ribbon, at county and state fairs. In 2008, the couple moved to Olympia in 2008 to be closer to Laura; Ron predeceased Ethel in 2015. Ethel leaves behind a sorrowing, tight-knit family of friends, of whom Donna Brady had a special place in her heart. Ethel (with Ron’s ashes and those of Ron’s beloved sister, Helen) will be buried on October 16, 2021, at White Eagle Memorial Preserve, Goldendale, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting one of Ethel’s many charities devoted to animals – wild and domestic – and wilderness preservation. These received 20 or more years of her loving attention: The Nature Conservancy -- Defenders of Wildlife -- Alley Cat Allies -- World Wildlife Fund -- Environmental Defense Fund--
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