Claribel Featherngill Dick


Claribel Featherngill Dick peacefully passed away at the age of 100 on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

Claribel was born Aug. 4, 1916, in Franklin, to Shirley and Hazel Featherngill. She was the second of three children, who were raised on a farm outside Franklin.

She graduated from Hopewell High School in 1934.

She attended Franklin College for two years and was a member of the college choir, singing a solo in the 1934 Christmas program.

She married the Rev. George Dick of Kokomo on July 26, 1936.

She later returned to Franklin College and graduated in 1960 with a degree in history.

She and George served together in ministry for 61 years. They served in pastorates in Providence, Rhode Island, South Bend, Arkansas City, Kansas and Portland, Oregon.

Claribel was involved in all aspects of church life. She was president of the American Baptist Churches of Oregon, Spiritual Growth Chair for American Baptist Women’s Ministries and taught Release Time Religious Education in the Portland School System.

She was the published author of two books, “How Long the Night” and “The Song Goes On.”

Claribel is survived by all four of her children, Vivian Garrett of Milwaukie, Oregon, Stephen Dick of Vancouver, Washington, Allison Williams of Portland, Oregon, and Claire Ann Hoover of Vancouver, Washington. She was a loving grandmother to 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents, Shirley and Hazel Featherngill; her brother, Charles Featherngill; and her sister, Pauline F. Poe.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Claribel was the last of her generation in the family.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, Twelfth and Taylor, Portland, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Green Lake Conference Center, W2511 Wisconsin 23, Green Lake, WI, 54941.