Dixie Lee Murray, 80, of Route 28, Brockway, PA, died on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at her residence.
Dixie was born on March 23, 1941, in McDonald, PA, to hard working farmers, Harold and Florence Rump Seabright Sr.
You can imagine, she was an active girl. As a youth, she was a baton twirler, a skater, singer, and later a hand-bell player. She graduated from West Allegheny High School with the Class of 1959. She attended Clarion State Teachers' College (today Clarion University).
She met her husband, Tom, in a science class when she was a freshman. While at Clarion she was the "Golden Girl" with the marching band and was a feature twirler. She and Tom graduated in the spring of 1963. That summer on August 24, 1963, she married her college sweetheart and they rented a home from Tom's mom and dad. Because of I-80, they moved from Falls Creek to Brockway where they built their current home on Route 28. Dixie was a traveling speech therapist for Clearfield County before taking a position with the Brockway Area Schools. While there, she was a speech therapist for the district and taught public speaking in the high school. She retired after 32 years of service.
While at the Brockway High School, she worked with the band front, her girls' golf teams won several district titles, and she directed the Varsity "B" Show. For over 20 years, she and Tom have owned a home in Woody's RV Park in Sebring, Florida, where they managed the Club House. She had a full life of canning, golfing, gardening, fishing, quilting, sewing and cruising. Look around, you will see her handy work. One thing that made Dixie proud was all of the professional people she and Tom turned to for help in Brockway were at one time their students. They have fond memories of many of the students and their interesting exploits. Dixie was a member of the Moorhead United Methodist Church in Brockway and St. John United Methodist Church in Sebring, FL.
In addition to her husband, Tom, she is also survived by a brother, Harold "Lucky" Seabright Jr. of McDonald, PA; nieces, Tara Seabright of Sturgeon, PA; Brenda Pisarcik of DuBois; Dolly (Mark) Bush of Jacksonville, FL; nephews Joseph Loss of Brockway and Charles Riley, also of DuBois. She is also survived by several great-nieces and nephews, as well as neighbors, high school classmates, church family, teams we've coached, bowling teams, golfing enthusiasts, camping friends, traveling buddies, cruise acquaintances, our winter family and just plain good folks.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Deemer Yospin.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Moorhead United Methodist Church in Brockway, with Pastor Bob Trask officiating. Social distancing protocols will be in place and masks are required. All attending this service are to wear a hat. Dixie loved her hats with flowers.
Burial will follow in Morningside Cemetery in DuBois. Memorial donations may be made to the Moorhead United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 233, Brockway, PA 15824 or to the St. John United Methodist Church, 33631 Grand Prix Drive Sebring, Florida 33872.
The Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at csfhinc.com.