A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Dixie Lee Mickens of Delaware will be held at 6 p.m., July 15, 2013, at Asbury United Methodist Church (55 West Lincoln Ave., Delaware, Ohio 43015). Reverend Jon Powers will be officiating. Visitation with family will occur after the service, and light refreshments will be served.
Dixie was born in Croton, Ohio on Aug. 5, 1938, to the late Edwin and Vivian Margene (Humphrey) Knowlton. She went home to be with the Lord on July 6, 2013, at the Delaware Court Nursing Home. She was 74.
Dixie is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Stanton "Sonny" Knowlton. She leaves behind her sons and their families: Anthony Dwayne Cooper (Cathy Van Gundy) of Kilbourne, Joseph Paul Cooper (Peggy Cook) of Roxboro, N.C., and Christopher Ray Mickens (Melissa Harris-Mickens) of Delaware, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her brother Larry Knowlton and sister Helen George; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
Dixie was a giving person, and shared her love with children's charities and wounded U.S. veterans, just to name a few. She collected teddy bears, earrings, loved R&B music and Johnny Cash's. She worked as a switchboard operator for GTE and Grady Memorial Hospital, and was well-known for her Avon sales. She made many friends through Avon, and she had a big smile that one would never forget.
In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute in her memory to the Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) Spring Break Mission Trip Program or a fund to help purchase schools supplies for local youth. Contributions to these funds can be made at the OWU Chaplain's Office (Chaplain's Office, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware, Ohio 43015); school supplies will also be collected at the memorial. Crouse Kauber Sammons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.