August 21 1997
Free Press Files
One of Fernie’s best known and loved people has died.
Isabella Dicken, 103, passed away peacefully in her room at the Tom Uphill Memorial Home at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, after a short illness.
“For three months before, she told me she was starting to feel weary and was getting tired,” says Dorothy Durham, one of Dicken’s nieces.
At 103, Dicken was Fernie’s oldest citizen, having spent most of her life in the community. She grew up in Fernie and returned to spend many years teaching.
Dicken, who had a local elementary school named in her honour, is well-known in the community, having taught many of the people who continue to reside in Fernie today.
“She taught a lot of people in this town who are adults now,” Durham said.
She adds she expects there to be a good turnout to memorial services next week.
Services for Isabella Dicken will be August 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fernie United Church. A reception will follow at the Tom Uphill Memorial Home.
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