Dixie Howard

Dixie Wilson Howard, 91, went to be with the Lord on May 12, 2013.
She died peacefully at home (at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Mike Ray) surrounded by family who loved her dearly.
She was born Nov. 23, 1921 in the Coalfield Community to the late Haywood and Freddie Butler Wilson. She met and married Agbert Lawrence Howard in Dayton, Ohio and then moved to Oliver Springs. They lived most of their life in the Norwood Community. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church in Coalfield. During WWII she worked at Proctor and Gamble and General Motors in Ohio and moved back to Tennessee to work at Y-12 and K-25. Later she worked for several years at the Oliver Springs school cafeteria. She loved this job, because she enjoyed working with children. She lived each day to the fullest, with courage, faith, humor and love. She loved wearing hats and had perfection for style and fashion. She enjoyed being around young people, dancing, playing cards, laughing, having a good time and was a wonderful cook. She had a passion for landscaping and flower gardening. Her favorite flowers were Calla Lily and Iris. She was an avid Lady Vol Fan. She will be remembered as a caring wife and loving mother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Agbert Lawrence Howard; parents, Haywood and Freddie Butler Wilson; brothers, Kelly and Paul Wilson; and sister, Juanita Conley; and infant sister, Marie.
Mrs. Howard is survived and celebrated by her daughter, Melissa Ray and son-in-law Mike Ray of Clinton; sons, Steve Howard and daughter-in-law Devera Howard of Lenoir City and Dickey Howard and daughter-in-law Brenda Howard of Rockwood; sister, Christine and husband Henry Burton of Scottsburg, Ind.; granddaughter, Angela and husband Glen Smith of Atlanta, Ga.; and great-grandson, Sawyer Smith of Atlanta, Ga.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. A Celebration of her Life will follow at 7 p.m. with Retired Reverend Rob Clayton of the Coalfield Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will be held Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Anderson Memorial Gardens on Hwy. 61 near Oliver Springs.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made the the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left in Dixie's name on the online guestbook at www.schubertfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

Schubert Funeral Home
1318 Knoxville Highway Wartburg, TN 37887
(423) 346-6677
Published in Morgan County News from May 15 to May 21, 2013