Blanche Shirey Dicker

Born: Sun., Jun. 9, 1918
Died: Tue., Mar. 19, 2013

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Blanche Shirey Dicker, 94, of Greensboro, GA died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Boswell Parker Nursing Home in Greensboro. Mrs. Dicker was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 9, 1918 to the late William Christopher Shirey and Mary Stoner Shirey. While living most of her adult life in Chatham, N.J., Mrs. Dicker worked as an accountant in New York City splitting her years there with U.S. Steel Corp. and J.P. Morgan. Mrs. Dicker''s social life included the Chatham Women''s Club, the Chatham Community Players, and bridge playing with her friends. She also loved animals and, at various times, owned both dogs and cats. In her later years, Mrs. Dicker moved to San Jose, California to be near her nephew and his wife. In time, Mrs. Dicker moved along with her nephew and his wife to Greensboro, GA where she lived first at the Willow Run Retirement Home and then in the Boswell Parker Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Dicker who died in 1975. Survivors include nephews, Bill Shirey and wife Denise of Greensboro, GA, Terry Shirey and wife Carol of Massachusetts, Don Romig and wife Inez of Iowa and nieces, Judy Schuur and husband Maynard of Michigan, Betty Jean Posz and husband Jim of Iowa and Marion Holland and husband Joe of Florida.

Any memorials may be made to St. Hubert''s Animal Welfare Center, Madison, N.J. or a Memorial in her name in the memorial reflection garden at Reynold''s Plantation. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Paige Arwood-Hubbard
   Posted Thu March 21, 2013
Bill, Denise, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked at Boswell when Mrs. Dickers came into our facility and I fell in love with on the first day. I know she will be missed, but I know she is with her sweet husband that has waited a long time for her. I pray that God will give all of you comfort during this difficult time. May God bless you all and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Paige

Bill Shirey
   Posted Thu March 21, 2013
Aunt Blanche (AB) was a true treasure. She blessed our lives for 45 years. She was the matchmaker for Denise and I in 1968 and spent virtually every Christmas with us, a living "Santa Claus" during those years. She brought joy and friendship to all who knew her. I enjoyed listening to AB and my dad, Jack (her younger brother)talk about old times and how they used to compete as kids. They still acted like little kids when playing games at our house during the Christmas season. Together, they brought a world of love and joy to our home. Heaven is gaining an Angel and we have lost a wonderful family member. God Bless you AB, rest in peace and thanks for the memories.

Joan and Tim Brodnik
   Posted Thu March 21, 2013
We have many fond memories of Aunt Blanche. We remember her determination on the ski slopes in Steamboat - we actually shared the beginner catwalks on our first excursions with the family. She was always very kind in opening her home in Chatham to all the McCafferty clan and who could forget her ham loaf. Thank you for allowing us to share Aunt Blanche with all the Shirey family.

Larry & Judy Hazen
   Posted Thu March 21, 2013
We remember Bill & Denise's Aunt Blanche as a wonderful Lady.. We shared many Christmas Eve dinners and will remember her with love.. Our family sends Sympathy to you all. We know how much she will be missed. Judy& Larry Hazen

Karen Shirey
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
I have been blessed being a part of the Shirey family since 1960 when Jim and I started dating. Aunt Blanche was a very special part of our lives. She was Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the most thoughtful and caring lady. In 1976, she was the tour guide for me and my group of twelve high school seniors for NYC and took us to Central Park, Tavern on the Green, UNYC, and the Museums. My students fell in love with her and considered her their AB, too! The wonderful memories will keep her with me forever. Thank you Aunt Blanche for being a part of my life. I miss you and love you very much. Karen

Betty Posz
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
I remember many wonderful trips to New Jersey to see Aunt Blanche and Uncle Dick. A.B. was a great tour guide of New York City. We met her at work once and I was amused to see her change into her practical tennies with her business suit to walk around the city. It took my breath away to hear that she passed away on my mother's (her sister's) birthday. Mom would have been 99. Thank you, Bill and Denise, for all you did for Aunt Blanche.

Jen Shirey Moss
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
Aunt Blanche, in so many ways, has been 'lost' in dementia for years now, but with her peaceful passing, I believe with all my heart that God welcomes the spirited, feisty, generous, amazing woman and angel that reigned over the Shirey family and will forever be in our hearts! Be at peace, AB, I love you so much!!

Laurie Schneider
   Posted Sun March 24, 2013
Many fond memories of Aunt Blanche and visits to her house in NJ. What a wonderful woman! So nice to know she is at peace and we have a new angel in heaven watching over us.

Kellee Reynolds Markos
   Posted Mon March 25, 2013
Many great memories of you Aunt Blanche at the Shirey home-- your smile will live on and your legacy will carry strong forever, no doubt. With love, Kellee Reynolds Markos and family