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Zella Mayer

ZELLA 'DIXIE' B. MAYER, 99 ROCKTON - Zella "Dixie" B. Mayer, 99, formerly of Rockton, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Martin Health Care in Bloomington. Born Sept. 11, 1913, in Onida, S.D., daughter of William H. and Kate (Vanderkolk) Maloney. She married William Stephens in 1936, in Chicago; he died in 1982. She married her second husband, C. Warren Mayer in 1987 in Belvidere; he died in 1998. Dixie along with her first husband, William "Bill" Stephens, owned and operated Viking Shade Company more than 40 years on East State Street in Rockford. They retired in 1981. In 1982, they were in a car accident in Missouri; Bill died from injuries and Dixie was not expected to live, but she survived another 30 years. She loved to travel. With her first husband, Bill, she went to India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Alaska. After her accident, she went to Europe and Australia. With her second husband, Warren, she went to China, and took several trips to Florida and Nevada. Dixie was a long time member of Second Congregational United Church of Christ in Rockford. She is survived by son, Brad (Dang) Stephens of Bloomington; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by parents; daughter, Patricia Edgar; sisters, Lucille Hutchinson and Edith Hawes; brothers, Irvin Maloney and George Maloney. The family would like to thank Martin Health Care (Westminster Village Inc.) and OSF Hospice for their continued care for "Dixie" in her final days. No services are scheduled. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park. Cremation rights accorded. Arrangements were entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Memorials may be made to Martin Health Care, Bloomington, and Second Congregational United Church of Christ, Rockford. Condolences may be submitted at sunsetfhmemgardens.com.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2012
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