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Elizabeth Joan Drymon

Female 1921 - 2016  (94 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Joan Drymon  [1
    Gender Female 
    Born 15 November 1921  Saint Joseph, Buchanan Co., Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    CMS Member # 76 
    Submitter 76.138 
    Obituary DICKEY Elizabeth (Betty) Drymon died peacefully on April 12, 2016, at the Willows at Hamburg, in Lexington. She was born November 15, 1921 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the oldest of four children born to Ruth and Ira Drymon. Betty moved from Missouri to Lexington when she was fifteen. She graduated from Bryan Station High School and while attending Transylvania University she married Frank Dickey, in 1940. She became First Lady of the University of Kentucky, at age 34, when Frank was selected as President in 1956. Throughout her life her numerous contributions to the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University and Lexington have been recognized and noted, particularly for her generosity and hospitality. Betty was a contributor to and supportive partner in all of Frank Dickey's accomplishments and successes, of which she was most proud. Betty will be remembered for her graciousness by all who were greeted or entertained at Maxwell Place, on the University campus, or wherever she lived, which included Atlanta, Winston Salem, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. She was a dedicated wife, mother of three children, with nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Throughout her entire life she was adventurous, curious, creative, and resourceful. She has been often referred to as a "very interesting person". As a child of the Depression Era, her mantra was "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without". Consequently, she fostered her abilities in cooking, sewing and knitting and was an award winning gardener and golfer. She loved her flowers and music, which included singing, playing the piano and organ. She was an avid reader and bridge player. Betty was quite proud of her father, Ira Drymon and his involvement in the early formation of the Junior League Horse Show, his establishment of a Scholarship Fund in the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, and the legacy of both Ira and Jimmy Drymon in the thoroughbred industry. She loved attending the races at Keeneland. She was also interested in sports, particularly UK football and basketball, about which she was quite knowledgeable. She entertained others with her many stories about the past seventy years of Transylvania and UK history, politics, sports, the legends, and other personalities. Betty was so appreciative of the kindness and generosity shown to her, her children and grandchildren by those special persons associated with the University of Kentucky, the current and past Presidents and First Ladies. Betty and Frank Dickey established a Graduate Fellowship Fund in the University of Kentucky, College of Education and are University of Kentucky Fellows. Among her favorite affiliations, in some of which she held leadership positions, were PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization), Junior League of Lexington, UK Woman's Club, UK Women in Philanthropy, Spindletop Hall, Chi Omega, and Crestwood and New Union Christian Churches. Betty was predeceased by her husband Frank G. Dickey, her brother Jimmy Drymon, and sisters Marian Drymon and Lou Ann Durbin. She is survived by her three children, Frank Dickey (Laura), Joe Dickey (Mary) and Ann Haynes; Nine grandchildren Graves Dickey (Natalie), Elizabeth Jones (Randall), David Dickey (Teri), Jennifer Barnes (Christopher), Blaine Dickey, Bridges Dickey, Hank Haynes, Clint Haynes (Kim) and Kate Haynes; and, nine great-grandchildren Nathan and Lila Jones, Josh and Evan Dickey, Sebastien Giroli, Rigg Barnes, Olivia Webster and Hayley and Landrie Haynes. Visitation will be on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1- 2:30pm at Crestwood Christian Church followed by a memorial service and reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Frank G. and Elizabeth D. Dickey Graduate Fellowship Fund, University of Kentucky, College of Education, Lexington, KY 40506 would be most appreciated.

    Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Apr. 14, 2016  [2
    Died 12 April 2016  Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Died at Willows at Hamburg
    Person ID I13175  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 July 2016 

    Father Ira Drymon,   b. 11 March 1895, Willow Springs, Howell Co., Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 July 1962, Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Ruth Newell Barnes,   b. 23 September 1891, Sedalia, Pettis Co., Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 February 1952, Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Family ID F1957  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Dr. Frank Graves Dickey,   b. 1 December 1917, Wagoner, Wagoner Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 August 2009, Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 18 October 1940  Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
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     2. Living
     3. Living
    Family ID F1958  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Original Moffat GEDCOM File, Robert and Frances Moffitt.

    2. [S2737] Obituary for Elizabeth (Betty) Drymon Dickey, published in Lexington Herald-Leader on April 14 2016.


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