Ruth Noall Dickson

May 25, 1930 ~ February 5, 2021

After a happy and rewarding life, Ruth Noall Dickson passed away peacefully on February 5, 2021. She was born on May 25, 1930, in Brigham City, Utah, to Albert Edward and Mabel Sorensen Noall, followed by brothers David and Roger. She attended East High where she was editor of the literary magazine, business manager of the yearbook, and on the debate team. Ruth attended the University of Utah graduating with honors, while serving as Student Body Secretary her sophomore year and Vice President her senior year. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and honored as U-Days, Intra-Fraternity and SAE Queens. She was part of the Spurs, Cwean and Mortar Board service organizations, Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honorary, and Beehive Honorary.

After teaching Speech and English at local high schools and the University of Utah, Ruth married William Flint Dickson on July 28, 1961, in the Logan LDS Temple. She served in many capacities for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including Stake President of the Young Women and Stake President of the Relief Society. She served with her husband when he was twice Mission President of the Canada Montreal LDS Mission. She supported her children in their endeavors and was PTA president at Highland High School. Ruth enjoyed many friendships, clubs, and organizations throughout her life, some meeting for more than fifty years. These include her beloved writers club where she wrote and shared prolifically, art history study group, Great Books study group, and Latter-Day Sigma Chis.

Friendships were numerous, genuine and far-reaching. She was connected with neighbors old and new, an extensive web of relatives, sorority sisters, and family friends. Her intellect was remarkable, her recall of literature and art history uncanny, and her humor inserted at all of the right times. She was able to praise and support others yet laugh at herself. A prolific letter writer and card sender, Ruth was organized and efficient in everything she did. She was beautiful on the inside and out; brilliant, gracious and elegant in her life and in her passing.

Her husband Flint preceded her in death in 2012. She is survived by her children Gordon Flint Dickson (Robyn), Michael Sonne Dickson (Daphne), Angela Diane Dickson, and Rebecca Ruth Wildman (Eric) and grandchildren Skylar, Ariel, Eleanor, Flint, Deven, Arjun, and Rachel.

A private family service was held on February 12, 2021 and she was laid to rest next to her husband at Sunset Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, do something for a person in need.

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Our condolences to Ruth's family and friends. She was proud of her pioneer ancestors. She was a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, joining in 2010.

- P. Carson
i was sent to live with Ruth & Flint in 1967 thru the church program of unwed mothers. She was a special person in my life & i kept in contact with her. I am so glad she isn't in a nursing home anymore. She was the best hostess/ homemaker. Rest in Peace

- Mary Messmer
Dear friends, Ruth was my “second mom” and did much to raise me and helped keep us all alive! She was an amazing woman, incredibly giving. Condolences and to all of you dear friends.

- Troy Andersen
My husband and I first met your parents in Montreal. We stayed with them twice at their home in Salt Lake. Sister Dickson was a shining light on her misson She always opened her home to us when we were in Salt Lake and gave us a guided tour of Temple Square. She did everything to make our stay special. You had a great mother and one you must be so proud of as she shared her many talents with others. My deepest sympathies.

- Jacqueline Kouri
Dear Angela (and Family), I didn't know your mom, but I know her through how lovely you are. You speak of her with the greatest admiration and awe of her intelligence, grace, and effect on you and your community. I am sure she will be missed immensely by all who knew and loved her. Thinking of you... Bhavna

- Bhavna