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  • Born on December 27, 1950 in Nyack, New York, United States.
  • Passed away on August 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Evette Maria Dickerson fondly known as “Ms. D,” passed away at the young age of 68. Queen to her children and the epitome of love and caring. She cherished her three daughters Nicole (Nikki), Rheema (Cocoa) and Raeven; and relished in being a grandmother to Edison, Ellis and Brooklyn who affectionately called her “Umi”.  Evette stood for family first--sacrificing her own desires and needs. Through life’s obstacles, she remained optimistic and audacious. Her smile and dynamic attitude were contagious, lighting up every room she entered. Always spreading joy and knowledge to whomever she encountered, from her church community, members of her book club, strangers on the street to the bus drivers on her regular commutes. 

Born to educate, Evette took pride in imparting wisdom unto people of all ages and backgrounds. Having received a Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Morgan State University, Evette knew her mission in life was to enlighten people. After many years of teaching physical education and coaching basketball in Miami, Florida, she took her scholarly aptitude to the streets of South-Central Los Angeles and Atlanta, Georgia where she developed programs for underrepresented minority communities.  As a lifelong community activist, she empowered gang members to use their God given talents towards making a difference in their neighborhoods. For years, she fought hard to bring about social change while working in some of the toughest cities in the country. Evette easily related to everyone and feared no one or anything, (except bugs :-)). She was truly comfortable in every environment and had the ability to communicate with anyone on any level. Evette was extremely passionate about education and helping others. Her desire to tutor children in SAT preparatory courses began in the early 2000s while working at The Princeton Review. Thereafter, she formed her own business called Step At A Time,” a private tutorial company.  With every parent and child she encountered, she would impress upon the importance of preparing for the college prep exam and assured them that she was “the instructor,” to help accomplish their goal.  With her “Gotta Do It” attitude and “yes you can” cheers, her promise was to get each child to the higher education they desired and deserved. Her success rate was topnotch and her genius was astonishing. 

Evette loved games shows. Her favorites were Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.  She was a whiz, often beating the television contestants from her living room. Back in the 80’s, she even appeared on the shows, $25,000 Pyramid and Press Your Luck. She often used game shows as a tool to teach her grandchildren trivia. She was also an extremely enthusiastic sports fan, and in her heyday a fierce competitor.  Evette was a die-hard Lakers fanatic and she let everyone know it--proudly wearing her golden-purple lettered sweatshirt for any occasion. As a college women’s basketball coach for many years, she was ecstatic when the WNBA was established, frequenting games at Madison Square Garden.  Although basketball was indeed special to her, Tennis was above all her sport. Whether competing in tournaments herself as a singles or doubles player, Evette truly enjoyed a dynamic tennis match. Like many, Venus and Serena Williams were her all-time favorite players. She attended the U.S. Open in New York on several occasions to see the Williams’ sisters and many other tennis professionals. She additionally loved to play pool and would dare anyone to challenge her capabilities, especially men.  Her confidence was unmatched and her athletic ability effervescent.

Evette enjoyed telling stories and laughing a lot with her family and friends. Richard Pryor was her favorite comedian and she loved Diana Ross, often singing her lyrics with much animation.  Her favorite color was green and she even owned a 1974 green Corvette as a young adult.  Evette was vivacious, witty and a super smart lady. To her daughters, she was an angel, a protector, a fighter and most importantly a wonderful mother.  She will be deeply missed.


Evette Maria Dickerson will be Cremated on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. A private ceremony will be held in Hawaii at a later date.  "In lieu of flowers," please donate to a cause of your choice that educates minority and underpriviledged youth. Gifts may also be sent to Nicole Friday, 4114 Beck Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604 “In Memory of Evette Dickerson”.

Posted by Rhonda Richard on August 23, 2019
Dear Nicole and family,

Please accept our deepest, most heart-felt condolences on the transition of your beautiful mother.

I’m blessed to have shared time and space with Mrs. D at a number of Jaguar Track meets. From our very first interaction, her warmth, kindness and beautiful spirit shone brightly. It was clear Nicole, that you are your mother’s daughter, as you perfectly reflect her beauty, love and light. I hope that it is a comfort to know that her legacy lives on not only you, your sisters and children, but in the countless lives she has touched.

I know that there is no loss like that of a mother, and so I pray that the Creator will comfort you and bless you with all that you need to get through this difficult time. You are all in our hearts and in our prayers. May God bless you all.

Much love,

Rhonda & family
Posted by Kelley White on August 7, 2019
Dear Nicole and family. I am so so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was a beautiful woman and spirit. Thank you for sharing her with all of us and all those who’s lives she touched and made an impact on. She will be missed and we will keep you and your family lifted in prayer during this difficult time. My God continue to watch over and protect you.
Posted by Mechelle Olidge-Evans on August 7, 2019
Dearest Nicole and Family:
I have such fond memories of your mom's smile, warmth and welcoming spirit. She always greeted me with a warm smile and hug and I immediately felt like I was a member of her family. From hanging at Nicole's house for the Giants' Super Bowl to watching the Friday boys and our kids play soccer from the trunk of Nicole's car with her mom, you knew where Nicole got her grace, smile, energy and open heart. You experienced her mother's love also in her sisters and extended family.

My family was one of many privileged enough to have been welcomed into the Dickerson family fold. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to you and the entire Dickerson family during this difficult time. May the Lord comfort you with sweet memories of your dear mother. You all are in our hearts and prayers. Please lean on us as needed. We are only a phone call away.

With deepest sympathy and love, Mechelle and the Olidge-Evans Family
Posted by Roberta Crenshaw on August 6, 2019
To my beautiful sister Evette you always made me feel special why I am not sure why. We live apart for many years but when ever we came together it was special. When you live in California in the 80s you would go on the game shows you would send me gifts cards and coupons all the time. We share a love for education becoming educator. You were my inspiration in so many ways over coming health issues. When I was experiencing the worst time in my life loosing my son Ron to murder you still came to his funeral while recovering from a stoke, I will never forget looking up in the Church and see you walking with your walker down the ramp. Some many great memories when you moved to Atlanta and you got to know and love my son Yuceff and his family. You spent a few hours with Mikah and taught him as a toddler not to go into the kitchen because things in there was hot. I love and will miss you until we meet again.❤️❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Otis Williams on August 6, 2019
I also recall back in the day when we were in high school there was fierce competition becoming a cheerleader at Nyack High School. Evette was among one of the best when she was physically able and she was very athletic.
Posted by Otis Williams on August 6, 2019
Evette additionally loved to shoot pool. She was a good pool player.
Posted by Nicole Friday on August 6, 2019
You can only have one mother

You can only have one mother
Patient kind and true;
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To mother you will return,
For all her loving kindness,
She asks nothing in return.
As we look upon her picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus, take this message,
To our dear mother up above;
Tell her how we miss her,
And give her all our love.

I Love you Mom, Forever and Always, Raeven
Posted by Nicole Friday on August 6, 2019

For all the times that I forgot to "thank-you"
For all the special, little things you did,
For all the words that sometimes were left unspoken,
I want to say, "I love you, Mom...I do.

I love you for the way you stopped and listened,
And for your kind support throughout the years,
For teaching me how to be brave and bold,
And sharing in my triumphs and tears.

And, if at times, I may have seemed ungrateful,
I want to say, I truly hope you could see,
That nothing you had done had ever been forgotten,
And with each day that passed, I cherished you more indeed.

I will miss and love you Mom, Nikki
Posted by Nicole Friday on August 6, 2019
"My first love was my mother. She did so much for us as children as a single parent. I watched her make a dollar out of fifteen cents. I thought she was either a magician or she had God's actual phone number. She wasn't a motivational speaker, she was an inspirational speaker." She will always be with me. I Love you, Mom. Cocoa

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