Shirley Wiles-Dickinson

Shirley Wiles-Dickinson

Shirley Wiles-Dickinson is the youngest of four girls in a Midwestern family. In 2009, her sister was brutally murdered. She writes about her experience following this loss.

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Celebration Service Brings Mother Solace

My 40-year-old son, Jeff, passed away very unexpectedly on 12/13/2018. I thought my sister’s death was the worse thing I would ever go through. Then Jeff died. It is difficult […]

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September 25: Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

September 25th is the national day of remembrance for all murdered victims. This year will mark the fifth year of a national day of remembrance to those victims our nation […]

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Newborn Niece Completes Circle of Life

My sister died two years ago. Her first grandchild was born just over a week ago, a baby girl name Victoria. My niece, Victoria’s mother, is a strong, beautiful woman. […]

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A New Year’s Hope: Prayer for Peace

Prayer for Peace If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must […]

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The Gift of the Blanket

When my son was born, over thirty three years ago, I received a beautiful handmade blanket for him. I remember the day I received the blanket. My sister, Sandra, handed […]

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Turning a Corner?

My sister, Sandra, was murdered. I say it, I write, I think it, and still, 26 months after her death, I have moments that I can’t believe it happened. I […]

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Sister is Gone, Her Legacy is Immortal

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, remains and is immortal”. ~ Albert Pine When I heard those words, I immediately […]

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Aftershock of a Murder

It will soon be 26 months since my beautiful sister, Sandra, lost her life by the hands of a murderer. I think back on the last 26 months and all […]

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Guilty! Sister Comforted That Murderer is Confined Forever

The trial for my sister’s murderer ended yesterday. It was a very intense week to say the least. The state rested about 3:30 pm. The case was turned over to […]

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After 700 Days, a Jury Trial for Man Accused

On August 24, 2011, I attended our 8th pre trial hearing for my sister’s murderer.  Our first jury trial date was June 7, 2010, only to be continued until June […]

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