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Ima Jean Dickerson

Great-grandmother, longtime local foodserver

Ima “Jean” (Bisbee) (Davis) Dickerson died July 2, 2017 at her home in Pomona, California after a lengthy illness. She was 90. Granddaughter Holly Davis Ronquillo was her in-home caregiver during her final years.

Ms. Dickerson was born November 21, 1926, in Pryor, Oklahoma, to Lucinda and Lewis Bisbee. She was one of nine children who grew up on a farm near Mena, Arkansas.

She moved her family to California from the Midwest in 1954, and waited tables at Breakfast at Carl’s and the Olympic Flame in Pomona for decades. She also worked in Chaffey Community College’s cafeteria in Alta Loma, retiring from there in 1991.

Ms. Dickerson then became a caregiver for Marion “Hoppy” Stewart of Claremont until Ms. Stewart’s passing in 2004. She was devoted to her family, pitching in any way she could, baking Barbie doll cakes for granddaughters’ birthdays and babysitting grandchildren and great grandchildren whenever asked, her family shared. She was an independent and capable woman, whether she was taking a 2,000-mile road trip solo or changing the oil in her own car, they added.

She is survived by sons Glenn Davis (Dorothy Smith-Davis) of Fontana, Michael Davis of Pomona and Bill Davis (Patti) of Barstow, and daughter Jakki Dickerson Boline (Ron), of Colorado; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Lewis “Butch” Davis in 1996.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 at Draper Memorial Chapel, 811 N. Mountain Ave., Ontario, California.