Nancy Jane Luschen Dickinson
January 5, 1947 - October 7, 2016
Nancy Jane Luschen Dickinson, 69, beloved mother, sister, teacher, and friend passed away surrounded by the light, October 7, 2016 at the home of her sister in Great Falls, Montana.
Nancy was suddenly diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October, 2015, and returned to the U.S. to seek treatment, living with her sister in Montana.
Nancy was born January 5, 1947, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Elmer William Luschen and Mildred Jane Burchfield Luschen, who preceded her in death. Nancy spent most of her childhood in Medford, Oregon, and graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1965. During her high school years she was very active in youth leadership at the First Presbyterian Church in Medford. As an adult this led to her love of and membership in the Friends (Quaker) Church.
Nancy attended several universities after high school, including Southern Oregon University and Arizona State University, finally receiving her degree and teaching certificate in California. Nancy interrupted her college education to join VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), a domestic program similar to the Peace Corps. She helped to create a lending library for minorities in South Carolina.
Nancy loved to teach. She discovered her love of teaching while in grade school. Her favorite teacher was Mrs. Dekorte, and Nancy wanted to be the same caring, gentle teacher that her idol was. In this she succeeded. Her area of expertise was early grade school, and after many years of teaching in and around Wilton and Farmington, Maine, Nancy decided to take a position in Warsaw, Poland. There she worked for 14 years at the American School of Warsaw. Nancy made many wonderful friends during her life in Poland. She loved the country and its people and had hoped to work there for many more years.
She loved to travel and met people from all over the world throughout her lifetime, and had many lasting friendships.
One of the great joys of Nancy’s life was hiking the Camino de Santiago. She walked it alone in segments over several years, completing all but 40 kilometers of the Spanish route. She was enthusiastic in encouraging others to explore this pilgrimage.
Nancy’s ashes will be spread in a number of places she held dear, including her brother’s home in Baker City, Ore.; at the Oregon Coast; and along the Camino. A memorial service was held by Nancy’s friends and colleagues at the American School of Warsaw. Friends, family, and Nancy’s Friend’s Group will also be joining together in the summer of 2017 to remember her.
Nancy is survived by her beloved daughter, Caroline Dickinson, Boston, Massachusetts; her sister and brother-in-law, Yvonne and Carl Bruesch, Great Falls, Mont.; her brother and sister-in-law, Phillip and Cheryl Luschen, Baker City, Ore.; as well as three nieces and three nephews.
Nancy requested that if inspired, people donate to Doctors Without Borders.