Marjorie Dickson

05/06/2010 12:00 AM |

Marjorie “Marge” Dickson, nee Penny, a talented artist who graduated in fine arts from Southampton College in 1976, where she studied under Bob Mumford, died of emphysema on Tuesday, April 27, at the Cutchogue home of her daughter, Gwynn Ann Schroeder. She was 79.

Born to Arthur N. and Lucille Penny, she was raised in Mattituck and lived in Brooklyn in the 1960s with her then-husband, Steve. Her concern for the environment and love of nature was mirrored in her work. She painted portraits and still life, and her collages were inspired by found and natural objects. In later years, she turned her energies to creating soft sculptures.

Independent, crusty, creative, a concerned citizen and environmentalist and a great cook, she loved music, her family and her cottage by the bay in Cutchogue — the site of many family gatherings and rainy-day card and board games.

Predeceased by her brother, Arthur “Bobby” Penny, she is survived by her son, Michael Dickson of Queens, and Ms. Schroeder; her grandchildren, Gillian, Geoffrey, Daniel and Matthew; her great-grandson, Jude; her siblings, Amy Appelbaum of Arlington, Va., Mary Gwynne Slade of Rickreall, Ore., and Larry Penny of Noyac; her 98-year-old aunt, Esther Penny Schatt of Ocala, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

A service will be held Saturday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Church of the Redeemer in Mattituck.