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Mary Ella Dickinson Calcara September 8, 1920 – January 29, 2015

Mary Calcara
Mary Calcara

Mary Ella Dickinson Calcara,passed away on January 29, 2015 in Encinitas.  She was 94. Mary was born on September 8, 1920 in Panguitch, Utah.

Born to Lula & Joseph Dickinson the sixth of 10 children .  After highschool in 1938 she moved to Salt Lake City.  There she worked as an elevator operator at the famous Newhouse Hotel and  later at a munitions factory.

In 1943 she joined the USMC during World War II.  While stationed at Camp Pendleton, she met her future husband, USMC Sergeant Carl Calcara.  After many walks on the Oceanside Pier they

were married on April 8,1944.  The settled in Oceanside with their first son Chuck (1945).  Their daughter Carla arrived in 1947 followed by son Jody in 1949.  The family moved to Carlsbad where they lived for 52 years.  Mary was active in the LDS church and the community.  Two more sons followed; Jeffrey (1955) and Ricky (1960).   In addition to enjoying motor home trips and exotic cruises, she was an enthusiastic gardener.

She also loved  the company of her grand children and great grand children.

Although Mary will be missed – her decency and loving kindness will live on in all she knew.

Memorials: Friday February, 6, 2015 6:30pm at the LDS Church, 1975 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad; and Panguitch UT on February 9, 2015.


Joe Dickinson February 5, 2015 at 11:51 am

I am so sad a the loss of your mother. I have many very fond memories of her and your family. I do cherish them. The Christmas’we shared, parties at the beach, and all those Thanksgivings together in Carlsbad and on Mt. Palomar. Aunt Mary will always be remembered for her great kindness and deep love for family. God Bless You All.

Carla Paterson February 7, 2015 at 7:50 am

Thanks Joe for your loving thought of our Mom.
I too have fond memories of our family get togethers!
Do you remember going Grunion Hunting?!
Such fun times and how your Dad loved that! So sad
that our parents have passed on….to a better place…
But they are sure missed and loved.

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