Nancy (Powell) Dickerman


Nancy (Powell) Dickerman, 75, of Old Buttonwoods, Warwick, went home to her Savior on Friday, March 27, 2020. She was the cherished wife of the late David C. Dickerman.

She was a daughter of the late Dawson and Eleanor (Fourtin) Powell, born February 11, 1945 in Salem, Massachusetts. Three loves distinguished Nancy’s life: family, faith, and music. She met her beloved husband in the choir directed by her mother at Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian, where she and Dave sang together for 57 years. An accomplished flutist, she was, in her student days, a member of an award-winning woodwind quintet; enjoyed a stint (dressed like a Revolutionary War soldier) with the Kentish Guard Colonial Band; and played in the Warwick Veterans’ Memorial High School marching band for John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. In her mature years she also mastered the art of hand-bell chimes, directing youth bell choirs at both the Greenwood Church and the Buttonwood Beach Chapel. She served for several years as Deacon at Greenwood, considering the church her second family.

A true coastal New Englander, Nancy loved being on or in the water. With her youthful experience racing the family Cape Cod Knockabout with her brother and sister on Narragansett Bay, to the enjoyable times aboard her own young family’s day sailors, she was a natural choice for Warwick’s Harbor Management Commission, where she served variously as member, chair, or secretary for over twenty years.

She is survived by her loving children: Jonathan D. Dickerman and his wife Rhea of Pensacola, FL; Daniel C. Dickerman and his wife Amy of Richmond, RI; Deborah L. (Dickerman) Miner and her husband Allen of Spring, TX; and Peter J. Dickerman and his wife Bethany of Castle Rock, CO; her sister, Marilyn (Powell) Ferstl and her husband James of Washington, DC; her grandchildren Natasha, Alexander (Sabrina), Andrew, Nathan, Matthew, Megan, and Jackson Dickerman; and her great-granddaughter, Chloe Isabella Dickerman. She was the sister of the late Fourtin “Buc” Powell.

A Memorial Service to be held at the Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian, will be announced at a later date. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory to the Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian, 805 Main Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886 would be greatly appreciated.


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