Carole Dick

Thursday, August 1, 2019
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Carole Dick, age 72, of Glendive passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019 at her home in Glendive.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Glendive with Pastor Avis Anderson officiating. Interment will be held in the Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Carole Dick was born December 18, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Alfred and Pearl (Myers) Martinson. When Carole was three years old the family moved to Sentinel Butte, N.D., and it was there she grew up and received her schooling, graduating from Beach High School. Later she attended Wahpeton School of Science where she graduated as an LPN in 1965.

In 1966, Carole moved to Glendive where she made her home. From 1966-1973 she worked at the hospital and nursing home and later spent years as a private caregiver. Through this work she developed many loving relationships with those she cared for.

Her first marriage was to Gary Schlenz, then later to Jim Dick until his death in 1997. Larry Johnson was her loving friend and companion until his death in 2012.  Larry’s children continued a close relationship with her after their father’s death.

Carole is survived by her son, Darrin of Deer Lodge, Mont. The two always enjoyed their time together, especially a trip planned by Darrin to Pittsburg, Pa. where they watched the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Baltimore Ravens on Christmas Day, 2016. Christmas Eve they attended a worship service and shared holy communion at a large Lutheran Church.  It was a never-to-be forgotten time.

Muriel Lohman was as close to Carole as a sister, and the two were friends for over fifty years. They loved and cared for each other through all the highs and lows of their lives. Carole was with Muriel to the end of her life.

Carole always noted her cancer diagnosis in 1999 as something which changed and shaped her sense of life and values. In 2014 she received the Spirit of Hope Award from the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, something she treasured. That spirit of hope shone through her devotion to the Glendive Cancer Support Group and as a founding member of the Glendive Community Cancer Fund. Through her work with this group she spent many hours caring for people facing their initial diagnosis of cancer. She was upbeat in the face of her own cancer and was an example of hope to many cancer survivors in this community. Carole was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Glendive, where her love for her Lord, the church and its members strengthened her daily walk.  Her communion with them and the Lord deepened and grew over the years. She told people, “God’s grace is enough.”

Many devoted women friends both in the community and the church added to the quality of Carole’s life and she felt a deep and continuing gratitude for each one of them. Good times, love and laughter were central to those friendships. She had a special relationship with Deb Toepke, Clarice Utgaard and Danise Jones who cared for her health and well-being, attending to her needs in times of illness and were with her in the closing days of her life. Her cousin Esther Myers assisted in her care when needed.

She is survived by her son, Darrin. sisters, Marlys Poff of Reedsburg, Wis. and Darlene and her husband Russ Henke of Glendive.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Larry of El Paso, Texas; sister, Dorothy McFadden of Clairemore, Okla.; and Muriel Lohman of Dickinson, N.D.

Carole leaves behind many nieces and nephews who were always very precious to her and a legion of friends who deeply mourn her passing.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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