Mary Louise Dixon, 88, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012.
She was born July 18, 1923 in Evanston, IN to the late Herman and Louise (Polster) Mulzer.
Mary was a 1941 graduate of Chrisney High School. She was married on July 9, 1949 to John C. Dixon, who preceded her in death in 2008. Also preceding her in death are her parents, a sister, Irma Kirsch and brothers, Arnold, Roland and Egar Mulzer; nephews, Neil and Philip Mulzer.
During the 1940’s, Mary worked for Servel, building P-47 parts for the World War II war efforts. She was then recruited to work for the Mulzer Mines, near Newtonville, to run the coal mine office.
Later Mary worked briefly at General Electric, where she met John, who knew instantly that he wanted to marry her. As a homemaker, she raised three children, cared for the land she loved, and served her church and community.
Mary was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, of Evanston. In 1951 she was a founding member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, of Tell City, and its Guild, where she held offices over the years.
Mary was also active in the PTA and Band Boosters, but she really found her place in life at the Perry County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop. She was a full time volunteer in the 1970’s and 1980’s, with the titles of Gift Shop Buyer and Manager of Television Services. For many years, Mary and John traveled to gift shows in major surrounding cities, bearing all expenses, and giving their time. Her generous contributions earned her a two-page spread, with pictures, in the Tell City News. She continued to work gift shop shifts until 2008.
Surviving are children, Melinda Dixon-Roach of Grand Terrace, CA, John (Donna) Dixon of Naperville, IL and William (Julie) Dixon of Newburgh, IN; sisters, Jeanette Stofft and Irene Cole, both of Tell City and a sister-in-law, Roberta Mulzer of Tell City; grandchildren, Michael and John Roach, Nathan, Megan and Emily Dixon; one great- grandchild, Rose Marie Roach.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. CST on Friday, June 15, 2012 at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home. Pastor Daniel Gadbaw will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and Friday from Noon until service time at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, Worship for Shut-ins and The Lutheran Hour radio program.