It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Jean Doris (Cain) Dixon. She passed on January 1, 2021 at Haven Hospice, Gainesville, Florida. Her daughter, Virginia, and good friend, Mary Jean, were at her side in her last hours.
Mother was born on September 3, 1927 in Louisville, KY to Lucille Winn and William Cain of Irvington, KY. The family moved to Clarkson, KY in 1932 where her father, an excellent cook, had a café. She fondly remembered him feeding men who would come to the back door during the Depression. Her father always referred to her as “Pete”. She married James Dixon on October 26, 1945 in Elizabethtown, KY. They went on to raise three daughters in Wilmington, OH.
Mother’s greatest love was her family and Christian faith. She is survived by daughters, Sandra (Ed) Davis of Richardson, TX, Barbara (Kent) Ames of Lansing, MI and Virginia Dixon Wood of Gainesville, FL. Grandchildren include Carrie Davis Taub, James Edward (Jed) Davis, Lyndsay Ames Wing, Beth Ames Eggleston, and William and Ben Wood. Great grandchildren include Bailey and Bethany Bower, Natalie and Meredith Wing and Claire and Connor Eggleston. Others include niece and nephew Dan Clater and Sally Baer. She was predeceased by her parents and sister Virginia Clater of Louisville, KY.
After residing in Wilmington, OH for many years, mother made a courageous move to Louisville, KY where she shared good times with her sister Virginia and worked for the March of Dimes. In 1990 she moved to Gainesville, FL which she described as the happiest time in her life. She was close to daughter Virginia, enjoyed the climate, and worked for Haven Hospice. She enjoyed playing bridge, eating ice cream, going to the beach , reading and watching football. She was a great Florida Gator and OSU Buckeye fan! She would have loved the OSU – Clemson Sugar Bowl! Mother was a survivor. She was a child of the Depression, a young war bride, survived rheumatic fever as a young mother, a heart attack, and kidney disease. In 2000, daughter Virginia blessed her with a kidney, so we had 20 more years of memories together. We are so grateful to Virginia. As she aged, Mother’s most ardent wish was to remain in her home. Special thanks to her wonderful caregivers, Mary Jean Baughman, La Rose Manker, Takirah Washington and Gail Dixon. They provided love, companionship, music, wonderful meals and excellent care. Mother is now at peace and reunited with her mother, father and sister. Her dad would say, “Welcome home, Pete”.
No services will be scheduled at this time due to COVID 19. In memory of Mother, play a great hand of bridge, eat an ice cream cone, watch a football game or just do something kind for someone. If desired, donations may be made to the March of Dimes, Haven Hospice of Gainesville, FL or Trinity United Methodist Church of Gainesville, FL.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL. 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com