01-24-2014 - Pidgie Dismukes Passed Away in Birmingham,AL at 72
We regret to inform you that the wife of classmate Bill Dismukes has passed away in Birmingham,AL after a battle with ovarian cancer.We extend our sincere sympathy to Bill and family.
Mary Jane (Pidgie) Toy Dismukes, age 72, died peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, after an almost four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Pidgie was the daughter of the late Wilfred Ronald and Ruth Warner Toy of Amherst, MA. She attended Amherst public schools and was very involved in the Girl Scouts. In the summer, she enjoyed attending Girl Scout sailing camps on Martha's Vineyard. She also liked spending time at her grandfather's dairy farm and often accompanied him on his delivery routes. Pidgie attended Wheaton College in Norton, MA, for two years, followed by one year at Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, MA, where she learned secretarial skills. Her first job was at Boston City Hospital followed by a job at Children's Hospital, where she worked for Dr. John Enders who had previously been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine. It was while working in Boston that she met her husband, Bill, and they were married in May 1966. After Bill finished his medical training in Boston, Bill and Pidgie settled in Birmingham in 1971. The early years in Birmingham were spent raising their three beautiful children. Besides driving carpools and attending PTA meetings, Pidgie spent time serving as a docent for the Birmingham Zoo, where she took animals (a boa constrictor and a ferret!) out to local schools; and then served as the assistant to the zoo's director. Her love of cats and dogs led to several family pets: Brigham, Max, Bear and Luke. She was a member of the Redmont Garden Club, the Muses Dance Club, the Birmingham Symphony Volunteer Council and the Snippers' Garden Club. She loved her church, Independent Presbyterian, where she served in many different positions and on various church committees. Pidgie was an avid tennis player and later took up golf. She enjoyed family ski trips, traveling with Bill, and most of all spending time at her beloved home in Chatham, Cape Cod. At the Cape, the family enjoyed the beach, boating, antiquing, gardening, and entertaining their Cape friends as well as friends from Birmingham and elsewhere. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, William Ernest Dismukes, MD, her daughter Amy Dismukes Littleton (Michael) of Birmingham; her sons, Jonathan Gray Dismukes (Michelle) of New York, NY, and Scott Warner Dismukes (Mary) of Philadelphia, PA; her grandchildren, Katie, Anna, and John Littleton, Chloe and Noah Alvarez-Dismukes, and Miles Dismukes; her two aunts, Margaret Helen Clark and Lucille Marion Clark; her uncle, Edwin Charles Warner; her sister-in-law, Pauline Baumann Dismukes; her two nephews, Thomas Goodwin Dismukes, Jr., and Daniel Houston Dismukes and their families; and 15 cousins. The family wishes to thank the UAB Gynecologic Oncology Infusion Therapy and Clinic under the leadership of Ronald Alvarez, MD, Hope Hospice and its excellent nurses and aides, and Home Instead for its helpful staff. A memorial service will be held on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Independent Presbyterian Church followed by a reception in the church parlor. Donations can be made in memory of Pidgie to the 'Prayer Garden' at Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL, 35205, to the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation (nlovca.org) or to a charity of your choice