TROY - Donna Cornell Dixon, 89, of Troy, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at her home. She was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Toledo, Oto the late Frank and Emily Cornell. She married William M. Dixon on Dec. 22, 1947, and he survives.
Other survivors include her sons, W. McGregor (Greg) Dixon Jr. of Troy and Gary C. Dixon (Nancy Hesz) of Yellow Springs; grandchildren, Teckla (Tim) Patterson, McGregor Dixon III, Carey Dixon, Rosa Dixon, Emily (Jared) Drury, and Melissa Gall; great-grandchildren, Ava and Jett Drury; sister, Faye Lawson; and son-in-law, J.T. Gall.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dixon was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine R. Dixon; and brothers, Charles and Harry Cornell.
She graduated from Miami University with a bachelor of arts in English, and was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.
She volunteered as both a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader, and participated in many school functions. She was active in numerous civic and environmental endeavors, and was active in the Miami University Alumni endeavors.
Mrs. Dixon was a 50-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Troy. She was one of the first two women in the church's history to be ordained. She also held an honorary life membership in the Presbyterian Women's Association.
Mrs. Dixon enjoyed working in the garden with her flowers, bird watching, cooking and baking, and doting over her grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, Troy, with the Rev. Dr. Richard B. Culp officiating. Friends may call on the family from 3-4 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christine Rae Dixon Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Troy Foundation, 216 W. Franklin St., Troy, OH 45373.
The family extends many thanks for the loving care by all private caregivers, Vitas Hospice staff and nurses, long-time caregiver Charity Branscomb, and especially Ducky.
Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com