Obituary: Jeannette "Mickey" Dugdale
A private Celebration of Life is planned for Jeannette “Mickey” Dugdale, who died peacefully in her sleep Sept. 3 at Reno, Nev. She was 80.
Mrs. Dugdale was born June 26, 1920, at Lincoln, Neb., to Prof. and Mrs. Clark Mickey. Her lifelong love of animals and the outdoors began early with the family’s summer camping trips to the mountains of Colorado. Following her graduation from the University of Nebraska, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and president of the Women’s Athletic Association, she had a career in the entertainment field on both coasts. She was part of the early days of live television in New York City, where she worked with the Fred Waring television show, and later directed for CBS in Hollywood, Calif. She also taught physical education at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Mrs. Dugdale served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Womens’ Reserves at El Toro, Calif., from 1944 through 1946, where she taught 85 women to drive trucks. She celebrated Veteran’s Day each year with great pride and voted in every election from the time she was of legal age. Her husband, Charles B. Dugdale, was also a broadcaster and fellow Nebraskan. They spent most of their marriage in Van Nuys, Calif., and later had a summer home at Lake Tahoe. After his death Mrs. Dugdale fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe full time in 1987. She had been a resident of Manor Care in Reno, Nev., since May 2000.
She was a charter member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters as well as a member of the 99’s, San Fernando Pilots Association YWCA and First Presbyterian Church. One of her joys in recent years was a trip to New York with close friend, Pat McCulloch, to retrace her career and visit NBC’s recently opened television museum.
She was predeceased by her husband and parents as well as sister, Dr. Janice Mickey, and twin siblings, Justine and James Mickey.
A private Celebration of Life will take place at Zephyr Cove later in September, with inurnment to follow at Hollywood, Calif.
Donations in Mrs. Dugdale’s memory may be made to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc., 1485 Cherry Hills Circle, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
Arrangements are by Walton’s Chapel of the Valley in Carson City, Nev.
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