Barre - Fay Aileen (Dickson) Flood, 91, of Barre, passed away June 29, 2019.
She was born in Barre on March 29, 1928 to the late Harold N. and Aileen E. (Fessenden) Dickson. After graduation from Barre High School in 1946, Fay obtained a degree in Horticulture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst. She married Richard T. Flood on December 1, 1951.
Fay loved plants and flowers, most of all growing them. She worked for over 60 years in the Florist business. She began in East Hartford, CT , then Sunnyside Greenhouse in Worcester, followed by running Belcher’s Flowers in Barre, “retiring” from Valley Florist in East Templeton at age 74, and most recently working with her nephew Neal, in Barre.
Fay enjoyed staying in touch with classmates and attending class reunions. She also loved her vegetable garden, crossword puzzles, knitting gifts for family members, yoga at the Barre Senior Center, and quilting with the Women’s Fellowship at the Barre Congregational Church. Fay and Dick delighted in family camping trips throughout New England when their boys were young. After the boys were grown, she and Dick enjoyed annual visits to her sister, Beryl and family in Pennsylvania.
In addition to her parents, Fay was predeceased by her husband Dick in 1992, her sisters Jean (Dickson) Kelley, Doris (Dickson) Warner, Beryl (Dickson) Sternagle and her brother Glenn Dickson. She is survived by her two sons; Thomas R. Flood and his wife Patricia J. McBride of Cape Elizabeth, ME and Gary P. Flood and his long time companion Peggy Mullen of Wheelwright. Fay is also survived by many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 11 to 12PM in the Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield. A Graveside service will follow at Glen Valley Cemetery in Barre. In lieu of flowers, please perform a simple gesture for a friend or loved one in mom’s memory, as she enjoyed giving a plant of flowers to brighten the day of a relative or friend.
Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware is assisting her family with arrangements.