Mary Dell Wickham, 74, of Eldersburg, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Carroll Lutheran Village following an extended illness.
Born March 25, 1938 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late P. Harvey and Mildred B. Dix. She was the wife of Robert Davis Wickham. They had been married for over 53 years.
Mary Dell graduated from Milford Mill High School in 1955 and from Towson State Teachers College in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She then began her life of adventure and world travel when she married Robert “Bob” Wickham who is now retired from the United States Air Force. After a career of teaching kindergarten for the Department of Defense, she worked as a bookkeeper for the family business named the Dixie Horse and other businesses such as Champion Printing and the Rouse Company. After retiring, she devoted her time to the family, community service and traveling the country with her husband.. She was a member of Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church for over 35 years. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi, a service organization. In 1986 she joined the Freedom District Lioness Club, Freedom District Lions Club and later the South Carroll Lioness Lions Club. In 2001 she earned one of the Lions Club International’s highest honors when she received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for humanitarian service.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter Mary Ellen Wickham of Eldersburg, son Robert David Wickham and wife Jennifer of Hanover, PA, son Matthew James Wickham and his wife Masami of Belleville, IL. She is also survived by sister Margaret V. LeVee and husband Guy, Ann D. Filbey and husband Gordon and sister-in-law Alyce Wickham. Also surviving are grandchildren Sean, Marie and Austin Wickham, 5 nieces, 2 nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by brother-in-law William J. Wickham.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, 11:00 AM at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road. Eldersburg, MD with her pastors, Rev. Dr. William Brown and Rev. Bonnie Scott, officiating. Internment will be in Wesley Freedom Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg, MD where a Lions Club Memorial Service will be conducted at 7:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, sympathies may be expressed in the form of contributions to Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784 or to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor,
New York, NY 10004.
Online condolences may be offered at www.jnzumbrunfuneralhome.com.