SEATTLE – Mary Annette Trombold Dixon, 96, of Seattle, formerly of Dixon, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, only 5 days before her 97th birthday.
Mary was born July 25, 1917, in Cherokee County, Kansas, the daughter of Augustas Trombold, a blacksmith and lead miner, and her “spirited, can-do anything” mother, Bessie Adele (Dickson) Trombold. Mary moved to Dixon as a young child. She married John Dixon on Aug. 29, 1942. They lived in Dixon until John’s death in 1988. In 1993, she moved to the Seattle area to be close to her family.
After completing her education at the University of Illinois, and Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, Mary worked as an elementary education teacher at Lincoln, Washington, and St. Mary schools in Dixon. In addition to being a schoolteacher, she continued to study piano and the pipe organ, and teach piano and art on a private basis, well into her 80s.
The small community on the Rock River was the essence of Mary’s life. Swimming and picnics at Lowell Park, water skiing, or canoeing around the island were among her favorite memories. She was 75 years old the last time she went water skiing on the Rock River. Mary was very active in the life of the First Presbyterian Church, and was serious about exploring the world to better understand her faith and other cultures. As a result of these interests, she developed a specialized travelogue, “Pathways of Paul,” which followed the life of the disciple Paul. In 1998, she started a very successful art program at Providence Point, Issaquah, Washington, which continues today.
Mary’s immense spirit for life was constantly noted by family, friends, and caregivers, and was evident even in her final days. Her intense love of life, helpful kind nature, and youthful sense of humor were evident to the very end. In her final weeks of life, she was still at the piano, or if there was music on, she was looking for someone to help her get up for a little dancing.
Mary is survived by one daughter, Annette Dixon of Seattle; two sons, Tim Dixon of Bainbridge Island, Washington, and Greg Dixon of Whidbey Island, Washington; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Judge John Dixon; her parents; and one brother, Charles D. Trombold.
Her extended family, residing in the Seattle area, celebrated her life at a large family gathering on the weekend of what would have been her 97th birthday. Private inurnment of cremains will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon, followed by a lighthearted gathering for family and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at Timber Creek Golf Club in Dixon. We know she would want us to be joyful, and in fact, have some fun talking casually about the beautiful life she lived so well. To assist the family in planning, please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be attending the gathering at Timber Creek. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon handled local arrangements.
Mary was a volunteer at Dixon Parks and Recreation, and the Dixon Humane Society, and would prefer a donation to either in lieu of sending flowers.
Visit prestonschillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.