Mrs. Nellie (Polly) Rainey Dixon, 95, died peacefully Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Village of Brookwood in Burlington, N.C., where she had been a resident since 2004.
Born the eldest child of Robert W. Rainey and Annie King Rainey on March 15, 1918, Polly was a lifelong resident of Alamance County. A graduate of Pleasant Grove High School, she was married for 62 years to James M. Dixon before his death in 1997. As a charter member of Grace United Methodist Church in 1954, Mrs. Dixon served in many capacities over her tenured membership: including President of the UMW and Chairman of the Trustees.
Hard work and the great sense of accomplishment that comes from doing so were philosophies that she instilled in her children as she practiced them throughout her life. Polly worked for many years at Koury's Dress Shop and retired from Newlin Elementary School in 1995. Remaining active in the community after retirement, she was the founder of the Downtown Burlington Farmers' Market.
"Miss Polly" or "Mama D," as she was affectionately known, was identified by her infectious smile. Her devotion to her family and the joy she brought to others were her greatest assets. From the students at Newlin, to the brides whose weddings she directed, to the farmers she enjoyed so much, to the family and friends she leaves behind, she loved people and touched many lives.
Mrs. Dixon is survived by two daughters, Anna Gail Workman (George) of Mebane and Rainelle D. Mishoe (Harmon) of Wilmington; and one daughter-in-law, Shirley L. Dixon of Greensboro. Grandchildren include: Randy Dixon (Kathy) of Greensboro, Angie D. Stratton and Emily W. Woodward of Charlotte, Beth D. Williams of Whitsett, Anna Liese Call (Robert) of Mebane and Jessica M. Yackel (David) of Wilmington, as well as 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Mrs. Dixon is also survived by three siblings, Mary Lou Bolick, Harold Dean Rainey (Libby) and Dewey Lee Rainey (Anna), all of Burlington. Surviving inlaws include Becky D. Councilman of Alamance, N.C.; Pat D. Qualls (Richard), Florine Dixon, Nettie Rainey, Betty Rainey and Louise Rainey, of Burlington, and Anna Jean Kennedy, of Florida.
In addition to her spouse, Mrs. Dixon was preceded in death by her son, James M. Dixon Jr., of Greensboro; her siblings, Wilma B. Hurdle, R.W. Rainey Jr., Bill Rainey, Charles (Red) Rainey, John Mack Rainey, Paul K. Rainey and Beatrice R. Walker, all of Burlington, and Dorothy R. Harcum, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
A memorial service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church at
11:00 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, with visitation and a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Graveside services will be held at Alamance Memorial Park, Burlington, at 2:00 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Workman, 2114 U.S. 70, Mebane.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers: Randy Dixon, Ryan Dixon, Jay Williams, Steve Wilson, Dave Bolick and Ashley Rainey.
Family members wish to thank the staff of the Village of Brookwood and Alamance-Caswell Hospice and Palliative Care for the exemplary care given to Mrs. Dixon in the final stage of her life.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Dixon would wish for donations to be given to her church, Grace United Methodist Church, 1899 Wilkins St., Burlington, NC 27217 or Alamance-Caswell Hospice Palliative Care, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27217.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com