Doris J. Dixon

Ann Arbor, Michigan


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Dixon, Doris J. Highly respected lifelong Ann Arbor resident and nationally known animal advocate, Doris J. Dixon, passed away on December 10, 2010, at the age of 85, in her sleep at Saline Evangelical Home. Doris was the daughter of Robert J. Schumacher and Zena Mae Lisle Schumacher. Her father...

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I am just now learning of the sad loss of my mentor and friend, Doris. She became like a mother to me when I moved to Ann Arbor, and she was so loving in sharing her heart, spirituality and animals with me (not to mention letting Jerry and me live with her for a time after our house was damaged by a tornado). One of the most important things she taught me was how to take my anger towards those who were abusive to animals, and channel the energy into the things that would benefit the...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Todd. Your mother had a gentle soul but was a wonderfully fierce advocate for animal rights. Her commitment and devotion to the cause inspired so many people and was a light in a world that is too often dark with ignorance. I will miss her and think of her often while caring for our animal friends. May God bless and comfort you with happy memories.

Doris was my Aunt and from the time I spent with her and Todd, she greatly influenced me in the world issues of animal rescue. I have remained involved and foster, rescue and fund raising for many animal rights organizations. I loved animals, they are my life but Doris gave me important direction. Peace, Doris

Doris will be missed, but we can keep her memory and spirit alive in many ways. We can do something as simple as feeding the backyard birds. We can pick up an injured dog on the side of the road, we can provide an outdoor house for a homeless cat, we can adopt a pet from the humane society or walk the dogs there. We can donate to the many organizations which routinely do the things that Doris had fought so hard for throughout her life.
We are lucky that her kindness and compassion...

Doris Dixon... I miss you so, all my love Diann (The Lord Fox in Ann Arbor 2010)

Doris was my dearest and most cherished friend in the world. Her legacy lives on forever -her fulfillment in the forefront of animal protection... But for me personally I was blessed to have known her spirit, her laughter and all I learned from her over the course of my lifetime in her company.... Diann Judith Michaelson

Doris had a compassionate soul and she spread that compassion to many others. She was a strong voice for our animal friends and a dear friend also to me. I miss her but she made a difference in this often cold world. Carol Halstead (Hartland, MI)

I knew Doris years ago, we shared devotion to animals working for the cause. You couldn't help but love her. She was a barrel of fun! My deepest sympathy to the family. You were blessed to have such an outstanding family member for so many years. Doris made her life a wonderful, long story; a fantastic one at that!

So sorry to hear of you loss, Mrs. Dixon was always so wonderful. Her compassion for wildlife and humans was shown with her wolves in the 1970's to the coat drive where she gave generously gave the coat of her back for those in need, she really cared for others. The nieghborhood will not be the same knowing she is not there on the corner. RIP Doris, may we long remember you fondly.

Doris truly led a well lived life. Over the years I had only a passing acquaintance with her, but she was a person one does not forget. My condolences to her family.