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Grace Dixon



Grace Emilia Dixon was born Dec. 24, 1928 in Petaluma, Calif., to Fred and Louise Reiter, the sixth of eight children. She met and married Norman Lee Dixon on April 9, 1948 in Lebanon, Ore. They moved to the Yakima valley and were blessed with a son in 1949 (Dennis) and later a daughter (Judy) and a son (Mike). They moved back to the valley in 1960 and ended up in Toppenish, where they remodeled their home, designing a beautiful fireplace that was fantastic.

Grace worked many long hours tying flies for the fly factory in Granger, and was custodian at the Central Valley Bank in Toppenish for several years. She was a member of the Toppenish Garden Club and served as president for awhile.

After Norman retired they moved to Goldendale, where they were blessed with 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren who loved her dearly. They all looked forward to going to their house for special occasions, holidays or any day. She always greeted them with open arms and love. When we would go on a picnic or outing she always brought food to feed everyone, plus whoever showed up. She loved to cook and we have several of her recipes that we will always hold dear to us. The grandchildren loved to help make cookies and candies for holidays. They loved to help decorate cookies with her for Christmas.

Her shelves were always stocked with food and her heart was always stocked with love. They recently moved to Prosser where they lived until she went to join her parents and siblings in Heaven. She is probably planning a special dinner for them all already. Grace passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at home, surrounded by family.

Survivors include her husband, Norman, of 65 years; sons Dennis (Sadie) Dixon and Mike (Mardi) Dixon; daughter Judy (Bob) Wells; grandchildren, David (Patty) Dixon, Michelle (Chris) Latimer, Dustin (Paige) Wells, Randy (Sandy) Wells, Travis (Carrie) Wells, Jeff (Christine) Wells, Andy Dixon, Jason Dixon, Stacey Dixon and Butch Guest; great-grandchildren, Josh (Erikka) Wells, Hanna Wells, Emma Wells, Graycie Wells, Francys Thomsen, Ira Hutchins, Scott Latimer, Nichole Latimer, Brittany Wells Tayler Wells, Justin Wells, Tyler Wells, and Dru (Caswell) Dixon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and seven brothers and sisters, and granddaughter, Jennifer Wells.

Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah, with funeral services beginning at 1 p.m. and burial following at the Zillah Cemetery. Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah, is in care of the arrangements. Online tributes for Grace can be left a


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