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Josephine Dickson

August 15, 1927 — April 18, 2023

Josephine Roa Dickson, 95



Josephine Roa Dickson passed away peacefully on Monday, April 17, 2023 at the age of 95 surrounded by family. She passed away while staying in the home of Carl and Jennifer Dickson in Kamiah, Idaho. She was born Josefina Roa on August 15,1927 in Mexico City, Mexico to Pedro and Irene Dutch Roa.



Josephine’s earliest years were spent with her family in Jarbidge, Nevada until she was 5 years old. The family returned to Duck Valley Reservation in Owyhee, Nevada where Josephine was a member of the Shoshone tribe. In first grade, she learned her favorite song ‘Jesus Loves Me’ from her teacher; this was her favorite song throughout her life. She graduated from Sherman Institute (High School) in California in 1945.



In 1948, Josephine attended Cook College and Theological School in Phoenix Arizona where she met Carl W. Dickson. They married in May 27, 1950 in Owyhee, Nevada. They had five sons and two daughters while Carl was an ordained minister, serving in Arizona, Oklahoma, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado and Nevada. She became an American citizen in 1961.



In 1983, her husband Carl suffered a stroke after which he retired from being a minister. They moved to Pryor, Oklahoma where Josephine became an LPN from NE Area Vo-Tec School in 1986. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism from Rogers College in 1987. She earned a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Northeastern State University in 1991. Shortly afterwards they moved to Pasadena, California where she earned a Masters of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1993. She received her Certificate of Ordination in Minister of Word and Sacraments in 1995. She received a license for Education Personnel, Public School substitute teacher in the state of Nevada in 2000.



Josephine served as pastor in Gila River Reservation, Duck Valley Reservation, and Tohono O’odham Reservation (Arizona). She also received ordination from Victory Christian Center in Oklahoma. After her husband’s death in 2011, she lived in Sells, Arizona and Owyhee, Nevada.



Josephine loved to travel. Among the countries she visited were Israel, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Guatemala, and Peru as well as other places. She enjoyed going to camp meetings. She also traveled with her husband and children throughout the U.S.



Josephine’s hobbies throughout her lifetime were learning to play musical instruments, including piano, trumpet, and guitar. She loved to cook. She was an excellent cook known for her tamales. She loved going to thrift stores which was her favorite. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and sewing. She loved music, and she passed on her love for music to her children, grandchildren, and others. She loved to read her Bible, devotions, and books. She read her Bible everyday. Her favorite Scripture was Psalms 23. She loved people and gave to others. She loved the Lord and served Him throughout her life. She is now in Heaven with the Lord. She is greatly missed.



She is preceded in death by her parents Pedro and Irene Roa, and her siblings Pete Roa, Rita Archuleta, Marie Thomas, Avelina Thomas and Frank Roa. She is also preceded in death by husband Rev. Carl Dickson, son James Dickson Sr and daughter Sandy Dickson. She is survived by her children: Deborah (Lloyd) Marihugh in Sells, AR, Carl (Jennifer) Dickson in Kamiah, Idaho, Caleb (Alice) Dickson in Upper Fruitland, NM, Timothy (Rhonda) in Kamiah, Idaho, Peter Dickson in Dallas, TX, and Janet Dickson wife of the late James Dickson Sr in Kamiah, Idaho. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and many others who called her grandma. She loved them all dearly.



A viewing will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023 at Trenary Funeral Home at 3-5 pm. There are two funeral services: Saturday, April 22, 2023 at First Apostolic Acts Church located at 123 Shady Lane Kamiah, Idaho at 11:00 am; Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at HD Center in Owyhee, Nevada at 1:00 pm. The internment will be held at the Old Cemetery in Owyhee, NV.



Special thanks to the Tohono O’odham Indian Hospital, churches, and individuals in Sells, AR and surrounding communities. Pastor Stephen Kelley and the First Apostolic Acts Church, Kamiah, Idaho. Syringa General Hospice Care, Grangeville, Idaho. Mary Jane Miles, Lapwai, Idaho. NiMiiPuu Health Clinic, Kamiah, Idaho. Shoshone Paiute Tribe, Owyhee, NV.

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