Patricia Ann Wisneski Dickey


Patricia Ann "Pat" Wisneski Dickey, 85, died in the early evening of Dec. 29, 2018, at Clinton Gardens. She was homemaker and devoted wife, mother, and grandparent. Pat was born Jan. 11, 1933, in Clinton, to Ignatius and Ruby Alexander Wisneski.
She was a 1950 graduate of Clinton High School, where she was an honor student. Pat married Gilbert "Gib" Dickey on Nov. 1, 1952; they were married for 56 years before Gib's death in 2008. She also was preceded in death by an infant, daughter, Judy Ann.
After high school, Pat worked at Girdlers in Newport as a secretary while Gib served in Korea, and after their marriage became a farm wife, helping with his television repair business; her life savings bought their first farm tractor.
Pat was a member of Dailey Chapel Christian Church and the Chapeleers Sunday School Class. She also served as the Sunday School treasurer for many years, and was a correspondent for both "The Daily Clintonian" and "Rockville Sentinel," writing "The Dailey Chapel News." She was both a 50-year member of the Rosedale Home Economics Club and Farm Bureau, for which she served as board director for 18 years. Pat was also a Florida Township 4-H Leader, was active in the Parke County Republican Party, the Parke County Historical Society, the Special Interest Car Club, and Lawson Filling Station Car Club.
Pat enjoyed painting, attending the Newport Hill Climb, in which Gib competed for many years, and attending the many activities of her children and grandchildren. She won many ribbons at the Parke County Fair for her canning and freezing. At the family's stand under the tent in Rockville during the Covered Bridge Festival, Pat sold old-fashioned chocolate and peanut butter fudge and pumpkin and banana breads, which proved so popular that many tourists returned each year to buy them.
Pat instilled a love of learning and reading in her daughters and was proud that each earned college degrees and became teachers in school or church. She loved her family dearly.
She is survived by four daughters and their husbands, Joanie and Michael Lunsford, Terri and Dom Nepote, Karen and Gene Baxter, and Annette and Philip Cox; and her grandchildren, Ellen Lunsford, Jackie Baxter, Gina Metheny, Riley Baxter, Cameron Cox, Evan Lunsford, Lisa Quraish, Jessica Overpeck, Nick Nepote, Terah Cox, Kemp Harper, and Carson Cox. Pat's great-grandchildren are Noah Quraish, Henry, Jack, and George Overpeck, Norah and Tate Metheny, Daniel and Joseph Lunsford, and Leila and Raegan Nepote; an 11th great-grandchild is expected in May. She is also survived by three sisters, Nancy Deplanty, Janice Gann, and Sheri Hendrix (Curt); and a cousin, Arnold Alexander (Barbara); and several nephews and nieces.
Visitation is set for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Frist Funeral Home in Clinton; services will immediately follow with the Rev. Perry Mager officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery. If so desired, contributions in her memory can be made to Dailey Chapel Christian Church.
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