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Martha Dickinson

Singer

Martha Dickinson, a singer with the Modernaires, died March 22 in Palmdale, Calif. of congestive heart failure. She was 65.

Dickinson was the eldest daughter of Paula Kelly and Hal Dickinson, founder of the 71-year old singing group.

She sang with the Mods for the past ten years.

Born in Grove City, Penn., she sang with her sisters as the Kelly Sisters trio from 1952 to 1965.

The Kelly Sisters appeared on the “Bob Crosby Show” in the 1950s and recorded records that landed them guest appearances on ’60s dance shows “Ninth Street West” and “Hullabaloo.”

The Kelly Sisters worked with Johnny Sea and Liberace in Las Vegas and appeared on “The Dean Martin Show” in 1965. Dickinson went on to sing jazz in the late ’60s with The Ed Winters trio.

She spent the last year touring with both of her sisters as the Modernaires.

She is survived by her partner, Gene McHenry; a daughter; two sons; sisters Paula Kelly Cole and Julie Lancaster; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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