Mildred Millie Dickinson, 99, of Cortland passed away March 11, 2013 at the Cortland Regional Medical Center Nursing Facility. She was born May 25, 1913 in Cortlandville the daughter of the late Earle and Grace Wadsworth Tarbell.
Millie was a lifelong resident of the area. She and her late husband Leland were proprietors of Retail Gas & Oil Co. (Cortland Oil Co.,) until selling the business in 1963. Her church affiliations included the United Community Church, and is a current member of the United Presbyterian Church. Millies other memberships included the Order of Eastern Star #591 and the Order of Amaranth, Diana Court #54. She was also a long time volunteer at the Cortland Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her sister Marjorie Beard of Cortland, her niece Virginia Ginny (Pete) Testa of Cortland, great niece Kristin LaFleur, and great great nieces Abigail and Nora LaFleur all of Westport Ct.
Millie was predeceased by her husband Leland Dickinson in 1958.
Calling hours are Wednesday 4-6 pm at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home Inc., 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland NY 13045.
Funeral services will be Wednesday 2 pm with Rev. David Johnson presiding at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Cortland Rural Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the United Presbyterian Church, 25 Court St., Cortland NY 13045 or the Cortland Memorial Foundation, 134 Homer Ave., Cortland NY, 13045
To offer online condolences visit www.wright-beard.com
We moved away from Cortland several years ago and I had lost contact with Millie. She was a dear lady and a good friend when I was younger. I worked with her at Hathaway Hall and she stored my car so I could escape on my Honeymoon. I'm sorry to hear of her passing, but she will be remembered by so many as a great and loyal friend. We pray for her family that their sorrow will be replaced by the many precious
memories they have of her long and rewarding life. Larry and Nancy Winfield
Dear Marge and Ginny Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the passing of Millie.Almost 100 years old!! Let that be of some comfort to you that you were able to share her long life togather. She was a fine lady and I am sure she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Gene & josephine Mironti
Our sincerest sympathy to Marge, Ginny and family. Mil was such a great lady and friend from childhood with my mom, Doris Wright Newton. So often I heard stories of when they were kids and would have a ball together, later they'd be in each others weddings even lived in adjoining homes on Madison St. Did you know she and my dad won the most beautiful babies of the year award at the old county fair in 1913? Millie would light up a room upon entering and now is adding a bit more brightness to heaven. Ginny & Pete, she spoke so often of how wonderful you and your family were to her - she loved you all dearly. Being in Florida we're unable to be at her services but our love will be there with you. John & Kathleen Newton
Millie was an RSVP volunteer for over twenty-four years. Her loyalty to the Cortland Regional Medical Center will be remembered by all who knew her. We are sorry for your loss. The RSVP Staff
Dear Marge, Ginny and Family, My sincere sympathy to all of you in the loss of Millie. She was always so full of life and so upbeat that I always enjoyed being around her. May you find comfort in your memories of her and in knowing she touched so many people in her lifetime. Rosemarie (Rosie Kirchner) Fralick
Hi Marge,Ginny and Pete: Just heard of Millie's passing, sorry but she had a good long life. A great lady, enjoyed her while at Elm Tree Golf Course. Alwys Les & Jean