Prudence Weaver Dickey, 80, wife of Kenneth C. Dickey, died Aug. 24, 2010, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

Born in Camden on Sept. 3, 1929, she was the daughter of Harold S. and Olive (Leonard) Corthell and was a descendant of the Leicht family, who were early German settlers in Waldoboro. She grew up in Camden and was a 1947 graduate of Camden High School, where she was on the first group of cheerleaders. She graduated from Westbrook College in 1949. The first year the Lobster Festival was held in Camden, Prudy was a sea princess. She married Kenneth C. Dickey on Nov. 11, 1949, in Camden.

Mrs. Dickey grew up in the clothing business, as her father owned and operated Haskell & Corthell on Main Street in Camden. Prudy and Ken took over the operation of the store, which expanded to include The Men Shop,The Women’s Shop, The Shoe Hutch, The Ski Barn and The End Shop. She loved buying the sweaters that she would personalize with embroidery for her special customers.

She was a charter member and former president of the Camden Women’s Club. She was also a member of the Megunticook Golf Club, and was a former Cub Scout Den mother. During the 1930s, her father donated land on Hosmer Pond and Ragged Mountain to the Camden Outing Club. A group of many volunteers, including Prudy, worked to develop and build the Camden Snow Bowl recreation area. She had been an active volunteer with the Outing Club and the Snow Bowl.

Her hobbies included gardening, golf, knitting, sewing, traveling and going on cruises. They also had some special times on their Carver, The After Four, cruising the coast of Maine. Since the late 1970s, Kenneth and Prudy had enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida. For the past 20 years, they have resided in Venice, Florida.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Jeanette Dickey Peasley, in 1986.

Surviving is her husband of 61 years, Kenneth C. Dickey, of Camden; three children, David A. Dickey and his companion, Virginia Johns, of Camden; William J. Dickey and his wife, Liana, of Lincolnville; Lynette Dickey O’Hara and her husband, Frank O’Hara Jr., of Rockport; a sister-in-law, Barbara Bryant of Camden; 12 grandchildren, Jason Peasley and his wife, Penny, of Lincolnville; Benjamin Peasley, of Denver; Kristin Peasley Bumpus and her husband, William, of Hockessin, Del.; Jessica Dickey of Portland; Katherine Dickey and Elizabeth Dickey, both of Camden; Jennifer Dickey Marines and her husband, Charles, of Saco; Amber Dickey and Carissa Dickey, both of Lincolnville; Nicholas J. Gushee O’Hara and his fiancé, Lindsey Bodamer, of Portland; Frances J.O’Hara, III and Kenneth Casey O’Hara, both of Rockport; four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Julia and Jordan Peasley, and Addison Bumpus; and Kenneth and Prudy’s special dog, Chico, who adopted them in March.

Calling hours were held Aug.  26 at the Long Funeral Home,  Camden. The funeral was held Aug. 27 at the First Congregational Church, Camden with the Rev. Kevin Pleas officiating. Burial followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Camden, and there was a reception at the Camden Snow Bowl.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Mid-Coast Charities, P.O. Box 205, Camden, ME 04843 or to the American Diabetes Association, Portland Office, 163 Lancaster St., Portland, ME 04101.

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