Dorothea E. Morrison Dixon Keller, born September 5, 1924 in Parkersburg, W. Va., died peacefully May 21, 2012.|
Preceded in death by her infant son, John Stephen; husbands, William Norwood Dixon and John A. Keller; brothers, Leonard and Robert Criss; and son-in-law, Paul Watts; she is survived by her eight children and their spouses, Jean Ann Watts of Akron, Karen L. and James Merlitti of Stow, Barbara L. and Patrick Craven of Jackson Twp., William N. Dixon, Jr., of Akron, Mary Dixon Dougherty of Akron, Patricia S. Cabaniss M.D., of Redwood Valley, Calif., Robert C. Dixon of Copley, and Janice and Jeffrey Baker of Cuyahoga Falls. She is also survived by brother, Ronald (Jo Ann) Criss, and sister, Jean Ann (Vince) Panaia; stepson, Paul (Michelle) Keller; sisters-in-law, Gloria Criss and Loretta Dixon; 31 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Dorothea was raised in Akron, attended Annunciation School, graduated from East High School in 1942 and enrolled in Saint Thomas Hospital School of Nursing the following Fall. Upon graduation, she remained at Saint Thomas Hospital until her retirement in 1973.
As a young nurse, she considered it an utmost professional honor to have worked with the famed Sister Ignatia and Dr. Bob Smith, the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Dorothea embarked on a second career with the Veterans' Health Administration, until she retired for the second time in 1998. A torchbearer for today's working mothers, especially her daughters, she successfully maintained a full-time career while raising her family, her most prized achievement.
Her family will receive friends at Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home, 810 Portage Trail in Cuyahoga Falls, on Thursday from 4 until 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 1761 Second St., Cuyahoga Falls, on Friday at 10 a.m., Rev. David McCarthy celebrant.
The family wishes to thank the professional staff at Pebble Creek and Visiting Nurse Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Greater East Ohio Chapter of the
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from May 23 to May 24, 2012