A Funeral Mass of Resurrection for Mary Ann Syer Dixon, 86, will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church , West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
She was born November 20, 1928, at Northumberland, England, to Robert Metcalf and Catherine Hope Metcalf. On Nov. 20, 1948, she was married to Thomas Robertson Murdy Dixon, and enjoyed a happy marriage of over fifty-four years until Thomas’ death in June 2003. To their marriage three children were born, Christine, Robert and Irene. As a girl, Mary lived through the Battle of Britain. Many times the daily routine was interrupted by the sound of air raid sirens, warning of the approach of Luftwaffe bombers. Mary would sometimes remark, only half in jest that she spent as much time in bomb shelters as she did in school.
As a young woman, Mary loved to dance. She and her husband Tom spent many happy hours at dances. She also loved to go places. Whether it be a short trip to a nearby beach or park, or a long journey to a foreign country, Mary was always ready and eager to travel, even on short notice. She was also an accomplished seamstress and embroiderer, an avid reader, and enjoyed both theatre and cinema.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband and four sisters.
She is survived by her three children, three sisters, nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Mary was of a gentle and kindly disposition. She paid more attention to the needs of those around her than to her own. She was patient and never complained, even in her last illness.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Plains Library Foundation or any charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.