On Saturday, May 20, Erlean Haderlie Dickey eagerly returned home to her Heavenly Father while surrounded by her family. Her love for her family never faltered and even in her final hours, she spoke of the pride she had in the family she created, in the love we all shared for each other, and for the love we would continue to share for our growing families. She was able to see many of her family members over the Mother’s Day Holiday, where we celebrated her life as an incredible daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She joyously told everyone on the day she passed that, “Today’s the day! I am going home!” Her excitement to enter the pearly gates brings us comfort in knowing we will see her again.
Erlean was born March 7, 1943, the eldest of seven children, to Earl and Lorna Haderlie. She met her husband, William Hughes Dickey in the 60’s and went on to have five children. Erlean was a fantastic singer and loved singing with her granddaughters and for her grandbabies. She loved doing family history and put many hours into creating a Keeler family history book for her entire extended family. Later in life, after William’s passing, they were sealed together in the Logan temple. She moved from Utah to the land she loved, Wyoming, six years ago.
She leaves behind her children, Neil (Victoria), Alan (Kenna), Denean, Kyle (Mercy), and Lynn (Traci); siblings, Dennis (Pam), Chandra Allred (Wynn), Darren (Jerolyn), Danny (Trudy), Dal (Wendy); and sister-in-law, Marsha Haderlie. She leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is proceeded in death by her husband, her parents, and her brother, Darrel Haderlie.
We will spend more time holding each other tightly, knowing that she is in her father’s arms as she so graciously deserved and waited for.
Graveside services will be held in the Freedom cemetery, Thursday, June 1 at 1 pm. If possible, we ask in honor of Erlean to wear her favorite color purple.