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Marcay Cosette Dickens (nee Jordan), 83, Goshen, died peacefully Nov. 3, at Greencroft Goshen Health Care, from multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer).
Marcay is survived by her four sons, Alan, Leonard (M. Katherine Rogers), Steven (G. Martin Moeller Jr.) and Michael (Jeanne Liechty), and two grandsons, Conrad Dickens Liechty and Alexander Dickens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Kirk Dickens (d. 2013) and brother, Clive N. Jordan (d. 2008).
Marcay was born May 16, 1934, in El Segundo, California, and grew up primarily in Los Angeles, California. She was a graduate of the University of Southern California (bachelor's degree English) and the Music Academy of the West (French horn performance).
Marcay and Kirk were married in 1957 in the Los Angeles area. They moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 1962 and lived there for almost 46 years. In 2007 they moved to the Greencroft retirement community in Goshen.
Marcay was an accomplished French horn player. She played in various community bands, orchestras and groups including the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Community Band, Lake Area Community Band and Goshen College orchestra. She also taught private music lessons and was a longtime member of the International Horn Society.
Marcay was a passionate gardener who adopted organic techniques in the 1960s. She was a dedicated swimmer affiliated with the Oak Ridge Masters team and later joined her son, Steven, on the District of Columbia Aquatics Club where she competed in several international swim meets.
A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Her ashes will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery with those of her husband.
In lieu of flowers, plant something, go for a walk outside or play a musical instrument in Marcay's memory.
If you would like to make a donation in Marcay's memory, direct it to your local community band, theater or music center, for example the Goshen College Music Center or Lake Area Community Band.
Published on November 17, 2017
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