(November 30, 1918 - August 18, 2010)
KNOWLES – Elsie G. “Goldie” Dixon, age 91, died early Wednesday morning, August 18, 2010, at the Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade, Kansas.
She was born November 30, 1918, at Zelma, Oklahoma, the daughter of Charlie Lewis and Lena Alice (Hochstetler) Smothermon. As a young girl she attended grade school in Eddy and Knowles, Oklahoma, graduating from Knowles High School in 1937. After her graduation, she furthered her education by graduating from nurses training at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, in 1940.
On June 2, 1942, she married Ralph Leroy “Buster” Dixon at Wichita, Kansas. After their marriage the couple lived in several areas where she worked at various hospitals, including Wesley Medical Center in Wichita and the Beaver County Hospital in Beaver, Oklahoma. She retired after fifty years of nursing and made her home in Knowles.
She was an eighteen year member of the Knowles Church of the Nazarene, having served on various committees throughout the years. She enjoyed reading, gardening, caring for her cats, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by:
- Her daughter, Lois Dotson of Knowles, Oklahoma
- Four grandchildren, Ryan Dotson, Brett Dotson, Trish Brooks, & Shelly Dixon
- Three great-grandchildren, Jonah Kelmon, Emilia & Finley Dotson,
- Many nieces and nephews whom she cherished deeply.
She is preceded in death by her husband on September 17, 1987; a son Ralph Leroy “Buster” Dixon, in October, 1994; a brother, Eugene Smothermon; a half-brother, Bob Moore; and a sister, Dolores Maphet.
Goldie was a woman of great strength and character, leaving us all with a role model to challenge us to be better people. The world will be a sadder place without her mischievousness and her quiet but feisty sense of humor.
Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade with cremation following the visitation. Celebration of Life services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2010, at the Knowles Church of the Nazarene, Knowles, Oklahoma, with Reverend Tom Webb presiding. Private family inurment will take place at a later date.
The family would welcome memorials to Heifer International in care of the funeral home.