Dixie Laraine Schroeder

1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Dixie Laraine Schroeder Obituary

Dixie Laraine Schroeder
April 14, 1932 - October 23, 2018

Dixie Laraine Schroeder was born on April 14, 1932 to David Collup and Ruby Mason in Trinidad, Colorado. Her incredible life journey ended on October 23, 2018.

Dixie was preceded in death by her husband John F. Schroeder; her father and mother, David and Ruby; her brother, Bill Collup; her grandson, Christopher Bell. She is survived by her son Eric Schroeder his wife Nanette (Papasergia) and their children Jessica, Elliot and Jordan; her daughter Barbara Bell her husband Brad and their son Jeremy; her great grandchildren Ryder and Bracen Bell; her sister Pat Parks; her brother in-law Leonard Schroeder his wife Doris; her sister in-law's Mary Collup, Florence Schroeder, and Joan Schroeder along with many loving nieces, nephews and countless friends.

Dixie lived her life with integrity, commitment and passion. Her selflessness and kind spirit were an inspiration to all that met her. Dixie's life was centered around her family, her Catholic faith and her work as an educator. She was a devout and supportive member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church while Dixie's passion was her education. She would often say, "You can have everything taken away from you, but no one can take away your education."

While raising her children, Eric & Barbara, with her husband John, Dixie attended evening classes and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Education followed by a Master's Degree English Literature from California State University, Bakersfield. Dixie worked at Wasco High School where she served as the English department head and taught English for many years. Her passion for academics and educating was contagious; she was well respected by her students, peers and the entire community. Dixie believed in each of her students and helped them to believe in themselves. She encouraged her students to always dream BIG and pursue futures they didn't know were possible. Dixie impacted many people throughout her life; she was a listening ear, a ready hug and a shoulder to cry on. She quickly became known as "Grandma Schroeder" by her students at Wasco High. During her career as an English teacher, Dixie was named Kern County "Teacher of the Year" two separate years. She later continued her education and received a second Master's Degree in Library Sciences from Fresno Pacific University. Dixie took on the role as Director of Library Media Services at Wasco High where she also successfully led the Academic Decathlon for several years.

After retirement, she found great pleasure in becoming involved in the Bakersfield Assistance League. She was very proud of the work she did to support the local children and treasured the friendships she made there. Dixie loved literature, especially Shakespeare, she also enjoyed classical music.

A Rosary will be held at 9:30 am followed by a Mass at 10am to celebrate Dixie's wonderful life at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church on November 5, 2018. Donations can be made in Dixie's name to Wasco Community Scholarship Association, PO Box 7, Wasco, CA 93280. Please send condolences to her family and share your stories of Dixie on her guest book at: www.forevermissed.com/dixie-schroeder .

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 28, 2018
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