ADRIAN-Clara Ellen (Rowley) Dickinson, age 95, of Adrian, passed away Charlotte Stephenson Manor.
Clara was born on September 19, 1922, to James William and Bertha Eleanor (Negus) Rowley in Adrian. Clara was married on May 28, 1945, to James Edward Dickinson in Lyons, Ohio. Clara went to Adrian Public Schools, Linc9oln Elementary, Old Central Junior and Senior High School on Church Street. Graduated in 1940, served as vice-president of senior class, honor student, DAR Good Citizen in her senior year, French Club for two years, Student Council and girls intramural. After graduation, Clara was in charge of arranging class reunions beginning with the first one in 1960 and every five years thereafter through the 70th. Clara also arranged class breakfasts and luncheons since 1992 at various restaurants in Adrian. Clara attended Cleary College, in Ypsilanti and took evening classes at Adrian College and Lenawee Vo-tec. After attending Holloway Real Estate Institute in Adrian, Clara received her Real Estate License, then worked for Glaser Realty. Clara did office work full and part-time during and since high school. Clara worked as an executive secretary at Associated Charities from 1951-1959, then worked at Hurd Lock as a secretary during World War II, through 1946. Clara worked for the Adrian Public Schools in the business office from 1972, then retiring in May, 1986. Clara was a life-long member of the 1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Adrian. Served in the local church as Sunday school teacher, Clara was a friend of the First Presbyterian Church of Adrian, through her husband, Jim. Clara enjoyed many activities including macramé, candy making, stained glass, floral arrangements, antiques shows, extensive post card collection of the Adrian area. Clara took classes in basket making in 1986 after retiring and became an accomplished basket maker. Clara became interested in flying through her husband, Jim, received her pilots license in 1944. Clara was in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II and later with the Lenawee Dawn Patrol. Clara loved reading, dancing, music, and her flower garden.
Clara was predeceased by her parents, James and Bertha Rowley, her husband, Jim (1993), and three sons, Paul Richard (1994), Michael Wynn (2007) and John Edward Dickinson (2014), her sisters, Alice Bartlett, Eloise Taylor, and Lillian Roback, brothers James Walter Rowley of Tecumseh, MI and Maurice Rowley. Clara is survived by her brother, Robert Harry Rowley of Redford, MI and a sister, Juanita Joyce (Harold) Jewell of Onsted, MI, daughter-in law, Karen Dickinson of Milan, granddaughter, Shannon Ellen (Greg Jacks) Dickinson, great grandchildren, Natalie Ellen and Nolan Jacks and numerous nieces and nephews. A special niece Janice (Jim) Price of Hillsdale, MI and special nephew, Ronald and Marsha Rowley of Adrian. After the passing of her husband, Jim, Clara had two Jack Russell Terriers which became her companions. Missy Boo which Clara had for thirteen years and Cissy Sue until she had to be hospitalized. Clara loved them dearly. Clara and her husband Jim supported the boys in all school activities and were active in the PTA, cub scouts and sport and musical events.
Clara would like to be remembered as a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a church member.
There will be no visitation. Upon Clara’s request, cremation has taken place and a private service will be held for immediate family only, at a later date at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be made Lenawee County Humane Society. Arrangements are under the direction of the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.