Elizabeth Diana Dickerson, also known as Betty, age 75, passed away at her home in Highland, on May 30, 2021.
She was born July 28, 1945 in East St. Louis, to John and Alice (Fernandez) Etchills.
Betty was the youngest of two children. She attended Collinsville High School and graduated in 1963. Betty married Donald R. Dickerson of Collinsville, in December of 1964. They lived in Collinsville and Marine before settling in their dream homestead in rural St. Jacob where they lived for 41 years. Those years were filled with hard work and many good times raising two daughters, playing with two grandsons and caring for numerous critters including dogs, cats, chickens, sheep, cows, pigs, goats, rabbits, hamsters and her favorite animal of all were her horses.
Betty worked at a number of places before ending her work career at Basler Electric in Highland, with close to 30 years of service. Betty enjoyed working and enjoyed her friends at work even more. She was fun and funny and was always up for a prank. She always had a story to share about something funny that happened at work. Betty enjoyed fishing, taking walks, kayaking, swimming, camping, reading anything she could get her hands on, browsing in thrift stores, watching her grandsons play any and all sports, having lunch with her friends, true crime shows and the occasional afternoon nap. She was crafty and could draw anything she looked at, using those talents to immortalize you in a cartoon if she found out about a mishap! Her favorite place was Florida; she called Key West her happy place. She enjoyed the sun and the beach and listening to great music at dive bars. She was able to enjoy many trips to Florida with her family and friends over the past 30 years. Betty will be remembered as an easy going person who got along with everyone and who was always up for fun.
She is survived by her beloved dog Toto; two daughters, Karla Bailer, Cape Canaveral, FL and Tracy (Darren) O’Dell, St Jacob; grandsons, Hunter and Jacob O’Dell both of St. Jacob; brother-in-law, Lawrence Dickerson, Collinsville; brother-in-law, Leonard (Bernice) Dickerson, Collinsville; sister-in-law, Brenda Black, Collinsville; nephews, Mike Etchills , Christopher Black, James H. Taylor; nieces, Peggy Kiemel, Laura (Gary) Steward, Susan Steward , Lisa (John) Rosen, Faye Ann Taveggia, Marsha Taveggia, Leni (Don) Works; numerous cousins, great nieces and great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of almost 56 years, Donald Dickerson; brother, Robert Etchills; sisters-in-law, Betty Etchills, Thelda Taveggia, Faye Palecek; nephew, Michael Dickerson; niece, Jeannie Taveggia.
Memorials can be made in Betty’s honor to Southern Illinois Pointer and Animal Rescue, 10427 Ellis Road, St. Jacob, IL 62281; and/or by supporting your local watering hole and having a drink or three in her name.
She always said. “One beer gives me a headache, two makes me tired and three gets the party started!”.
Tropical attire is encouraged!
Visitation: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00am at Kassly-Meridith Funeral Home, Collinsville.
Service: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 11:00am, Kassly-Meridith Funeral Home, Collinsville.
Clergy: Pastor Ron Habermehl
Kassly-Meridith Funeral Home, Collinsville was in charge of the arrangements.