Susie A. (Allen) Smidler-Dickinson
Susie A. (Allen) Smidler-Dickinson, 78, of Medaryville, passed away Dec. 27, with her loving family around her.
On Feb. 10, 1940, Susie was born in Royalton/Gunlock, Kentucky, to Joe Newton Amos and Lillie (Wireman) Allen. Susie started working at the age of 6 in the “muck” fields and did not stop working until the age of 74. She worked several jobs during the years, but her most memorable were the ASCS office in Winamac, RCA in Monticello, Eaton Corporation in Winamac, and Walmart in Monticello.
Susie was the only girl on the Cass Township Softball team and was the pitcher. Many other teams would make fun of them because they had a girl on the team, however, once she started pitching the other teams knew they were in trouble. They won the 1954 County Softball Tournament. She was homecoming queen and graduated from Medaryville High School in 1959. Susie loved to travel and bowl. She had traveled to at least 23 states. Susie was always very strong until she passed away. She had a grip as strong as a man. Susie enjoyed going to family reunions, out to eat, and spending time with her family.
Susie has several “adopted” children who would call her mom. She had her family and friends in northern Indiana, as well as, this year she developed many friendships in southern Indiana. Susie remained friends with her ex-husband Duane Dickinson.
Susie is survived by her children: Rachel [Randy] Brick, Rod [Carrie] Dickinson, Cindy [Rick] Rhodenbaugh, and Scott Dickinson; grandchildren: Kevin and Angela Kripsch, and Ricky and Hunter Rhodenbaugh; great-grandchildren: Lillie Tarr and Dylan Wantola; and siblings: Madeline Tetzloff, Sally Tibbs, Bertha Todd, Amos Allen and James [Carol] Allen.
Susie was preceded in death by her parents Newton and Lillie; husband Frederick Smidler; sister Christine Woodard; and brothers: Albert Allen and Rex Allen.
Friends visited with the family from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Assembly of God, Medaryville. Services for Susie were at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at the church. Pastor Tom Dewlin officiated. Interment followed at Roseland Cemetery.
(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 9, 2019)