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Florence C. Dickerson was born on May 3rd, 1928 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas. She was the firstborn to Y.C. Hunter and Velma Shackelford Florence was blessed to have three siblings, Mary DeVoe, Vera Lewis, and Jake Hunter who preceded her in death. The Hunter family moved from Arkansas to the village of Inkster in 1936. Florence attended Inkster Public Schools. She started working at an early age to help support her family. For many years she worked as a domestic housekeeper.
Florence met and married Louis Alonzo Dickerson in 1944. To this union, a loving family was manifested, Helen Louise, Louis Alvin, Larry Haywood (Dobie), Ray Eugene, Anthony Tyrone, Frederick Alonzo, Shelia Levern, Virginia Waters. Lewis Coleman, and Gwendolyn Washington. Florence was a long time member and devoted servant of God under the direction of Bishop James L. Whitehead of Saint City Church of God in Christ in Romulus, Michigan and Bishp Isaac King Jr. of Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ in Inkster, Michigan.
One of Florence's God-given talents was cooking and feeding not only her family but suing her culinary ministry to feed friends and the community. She was also joyful and witty. One of her favorite sayings was "eat like you have family." She took her entrepreneurship to the next level from being the Candy Lady to selling homemade soul food dinners with a variety of sides. You name it, Florence could prepare it with excellence. She served local businesses with her takeout dinners on Fridays. Florence also had a green thumb. She enjoyed gardening and caring for her abundance of living house plants. Florence loved watching all sports, especially her Detroit Pistons and Lions.
Florence took great pride in her family and enforced stability, discipline, and loyalty. She strategically taught all her family how to love one another. To have known Florence was to love her. She expressed unconditional love to all she encountered and was known to love and support neighborhood friends as family.
Throughout Florence's entire life she had a strong commitment to her family and she remained faithful to her Lord and Savior. She cared for her grandchildren and great grandchildren teaching them lifelong lessons of wisdom. Florence was known to be a mother figure to many not just to her own family but also to many childhood friends and neighbors in Inkster. She was the lifeline to the Dickerson family. She kept in touch with family and friends no matter where they were. Florence especially loved attending family gatherings, family reunions and trips up north to Woodland Park Lake. Every 4th of July, she would be found at the lake attending the Dickerson's weekend retreat. She was always on the prayer line, praying for loved ones and others. Florence dedicated her life to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. You could always rely on Florence for a listening ear and moral support.
Florence departed he life on earth for her heavenly home on Friday, October 27th, 2023, surrounded by family. To honor and cherish her memory, and carry on her legacy, she leaves her sons: Louis Dickerson and Fredrick Dickerson, daughters: Helen Hill (Brendt) and Shelia Williams, sisters; Phyllis Martin (Dale), Yvette Dalton, and loving sister-in-law Eleanor Dickerson; "Sister Sister" as well as 23 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and so many incrediblefriends.