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Betty Dixon Obituary
Betty B. Dixon EDENTON - Betty Bobbitt Dixon died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at the age of 84. Born Jan. 30, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Samuel L. and Inez P. Bobbitt and grew up on Harvey Street in Raleigh. She was graduated from St. Mary's School in Raleigh and Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. After marrying Richard Dillard Dixon Jr. they moved to his family home, Beverly Hall, in Edenton. In Edenton she contributed for decades to many civic causes and was active in numbers of local organizations including the Edenton Historical Commission, the Cupola House Association, and the Edenton Woman's Club. She was a member of the Junior League and the Colonial Dames. Betty was especially devoted to her church St. Paul's, and served for nearly 60 years as a member of the Episcopal Church Women. Betty was legendary for her generous spirit. She embraced her husband's family and the town of Edenton, and never said no to requests to open Beverly Hall to groups interested in history, architecture and historic preservation. She loved to entertain and she did so unfailingly. Following the death of her husband Betty moved to the former library on the property at Beverly Hall, where she enjoyed planning trips with her many friends and traveling with them around the world. Adored by her grandchildren, she spent countless hours with each of them during the last years of her life. She is survived by her son, Richard Dillard Dixon III and wife Susan Dotterer Dixon; her daughter, Betty Dixon Pruden and husband Mark Ducey Pruden, and her son, Samuel Bobbitt Dixon and wife Gray Thorpe Dixon. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Richard Dillard Dixon IV, Elizabeth Dotterer Dixon, Louise Manning Pruden, William Christopher Wood Pruden, Caleb Bradham Pruden, Annie Gray Nash Dixon, William Cheshire Badham Dixon, and Arabella Benbury Dixon. Other survivors include her sister, Nancy Bobbitt Thompson; nieces and nephews, Sanford Webb Thompson IV, Nancy Thompson Heathcote, and Elizabeth Thompson Roberson; cousins, Blossom Thompson Bennett and James W. Thompson, and their respective families. A funeral will take place Thursday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Edenton. Burial will follow in Beaver Hill Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at Beverly Hall immediately after the burial. The family asks that flowers be omitted and contributions be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 548, or to the Edenton Historical Commission, 505 S. Broad St., both in Edenton, NC 27932. Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Published in The Virginian Pilot from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2011
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