Alice Belle Dickson dies at age 81

Businesswoman owned candy and ice cream parlor

August 06, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Alice Belle Dickson, former owner of a Lutherville candy and ice cream parlor, died July 31 in her sleep while visiting a granddaughter in Claremont, Calif. She was 81.

Alice Belle Cupp, the daughter of a Bethlehem steelworker and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk. She was a 1946 graduate of Eastern High School.

In 1946, she married Vernon L. Dickson, a mechanical engineer, and moved to Lutherville, where she raised her family. He died in 1989.

Mrs. Dickson had worked as a secretary for a detective agency before opening the Sugar Plum Tree, a Gay '90s-themed candy and ice cream parlor at York and Ridgely roads in Lutherville.

Mrs. Dickson had been a member, youth group leader and choir member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lutherville.

After moving to Tucson, Ariz., in 1981, she joined the Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, where she served on the church council and committees.

Mrs. Dickson was known for delivering her own homemade baked goods to cheer up shut-ins.

A music lover, she was a benefactor of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She also enjoyed traveling.

A reception for family and friends will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Surviving are a son, Dr. Bruce A. Dickson of Dundee, Ore.; a daughter, Kathy J. Goff of Tucson; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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