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Mom's obituary

My mom passed away very early Tuesday morning. I feel so happy and relieved for her - she's finally healthy and whole standing in the presence of her Savior. I would give anything to see her beautiful smile and hear her laugh. She was the most incredible mom and I'm so thankful she was mine.

My cousin and sister wrote the obituary and I think it is such a special tribute.

Mary Allan Dickey Bain, 60, went to be with her Heavenly Father April 10, 2012. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late George W. "Skeeter" Dickey and the late Mildred Allan Neal Dickey on June 11, 1951. Mary Allan attended Forest Park Elementary, Pulaski Heights Junior High and Hall High School. In her early twenties, Mary Allan went to work as a travel agent for Poe Travel where she had the opportunity to see the world. In 1983, she married Jim Bain and together they had three incredible children, Mary Virginia, George and Eleanor. Her three children were truly the joy and loves of her life. Mary Allan was a faithful member of Fellowship Bible Church where she gave of her time in the Children's Learning Center. There, she was able to serve her Lord with her gentle spirit and her gift with children. Everybody loved "Miss Mary Allan." She had a true free spirit whose kind heart, laughter and incredible smile touched everyone who ever knew her. Mary Allan had many creative talents including photography and art which she passed down to her children. Even to the last of her life, she was known as "Mary Allan with the beautiful smile." She touched the lives of the people who cared for her and came to love her. Mary Allan is preceded in death by her parents Millie and Skeeter Dickey and her granddaughters Catherine Della Grandle, Madelyn Barrett Grandle and Mary Grace Grandle. She is survived by her husband Jim, her children Mary Virginia Grandle and her husband Reid, George Bain and Eleanor Bain, and her granddaughter Olivia Bain Grandle. She is also survived by her sister Joye Dickey Cook (Mack) and brother Bill Dickey, sister in law Sharon Adkisson (Jeff), nieces and nephews Mary Neal Cook Bridges, Sam Cook, Nathan Cook and Elizabeth Cook Johnson, eight great nieces and nephews and many beloved cousins. The family wishes to thank her friends who faithfully visited her especially Becky Porter, Donna Johnson and Jim Rule, The Valley Ranch Nursing Home and staff and the doctors, nurses and aides at Arkansas Hospice for the loving care and comfort they gave to Mary Allan and her family during the last days of her life. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Arkansas Hospice 14 Parkstone Circle North Little Rock, AR 72116 or Alzheimer's Arkansas at 10411 West Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205.
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  1. My heart is so connected to yours right now, Mare, and I am following everything and praying for you often. May Jesus be your rock when everything else seems to be falling apart. Stand on His promises. You are so very loved. Jessica Brogdon

  2. Mare, I know we've never met, but I am a fellow quad mom and have been following your blog for the last couple of weeks through the recommendations of several other quad moms. Your family has been in my heart and prayers so many times since I first heard your story, and I just wanted you to know that there are people all over the U.S. lifting you up that you've never even heard of. I recently read the book, "Heaven is for Real," and there is a lot of discussion about family members recognizing each other and having a relationship in Heaven, even if they never met on earth. I hope that thinking of your sweet mom loving on your precious babies girls, all healthy and restored, is a comfort to you. I can't imagine the overwhelming circumstances you and your husband have been facing, but I am certain that the faith you've shown has touched people in ways you'll never know. It is my hope that the doctors, nurses, and people who are reading your blog that may not have a relationship with God will come to find Him through the grace you're showing despite such adversity. I will continue to pray for Olivia to fight and to grow stronger and healthier each day and for you and your husband on this difficult journey.


    Rachel Farrell
    Louisburg, N.C.

  3. Such a beautiful tribute to a truly beautiful woman. Praising God that she is restored and rejoicing in Heaven! I'm thinking of all of you and praying for your sweet family. Love you!

  4. I've been praying for your family since last week and will continue. Bless you all.

  5. Praying for you and your family.

  6. Indeed. Someone should make their departed family member a memorial page on free memorial pages so that they will still be able to see their loveones memento here on the internet for all time.


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