Dixie Ann Johnson, formerly of Stratford, IA, died on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from stroke-related dementia. Since having a stroke in 2013, she has lived at Eastern Star Home in Boone, IA.
Dixie was born in Clarence “Tail” and Mildred (Frakes) Gabrielson on December 26, 1940 in Boone, IA. She grew up in Boone, Lehigh, and graduated from Callender High School. She skipped an elementary class, enjoyed HS basketball, the piano, and graduated from major in her class before heading to the University of Iowa where she earned a teaching degree. elementary. She enjoyed attending the Border Plain one-class school reunions and her longtime friends.
While teaching at Page Elementary School in Boone, she met a neighbor of her parents in Stratford, Marvin E. Johnson, and in less than 3 months they were married. Other than the first few months in Boone, they lived in Stratford where she enjoyed being the wife of a gravel truck driver and a farmer. She was a stay-at-home mom when her children were young, but continued her vocation by teaching substitute, tutoring many children during the summer, and giving GED classes.
Dixie served on the school board until 1975 when she began teaching in grade 4 at Stratford Elementary School, before retiring in 1990. Her students represented the world to her and she retained many. gifts they have given him over the years.
Dixie and Marvin were very proud and involved in the Stratford community. She promoted the ideals and activities of the American Legion Auxiliary, was an early Girls Little League coaches, booster group president, and worked extensively with United Methodist Church activities. Calvary.
But for all of these jobs and activities, Dixie will probably be best remembered as an artist who traveled to Iowa and the surrounding states to bring music to so many communities. She has played organ and piano for hundreds of church services, Christmas programs, weddings and funerals. She has given piano lessons and played the accordion with several groups including Polka Dots, Dixie and the Dots and Stratford Rhythm Ramblers, even releasing a record in the 1980s with Polka Dots. She accompanied dozens of students in small group competitions, children’s and adult choirs, wrote and conducted Polka worship services, entertained in retirement homes and county houses for decades , performed on parade floats and under the sweltering sun for entertainment at several city celebrations. She really enjoyed making music.
Dixie was predeceased by Marvin in 2007, her parents and two young brothers (Neal and Michael).
It only remains to remember his musical life: his children: Gwen (Bob) Hoffmann of Iowa City, IA, and Matthew (Nancy) Johnson of Hugoton, KS; Grandchildren: Whitney (Ranen) Spies; Andrew (Kalyani) Hoffmann; Elizabeth, Sarah and Rebecca Johnson; siblings: Phyllis Wertz of Stuart, IA; Gary (Caroline) Gabrielson of Lexington, MA; Portia Stuckey of Mesquite, NV, and her sister-in-law Julie Johnson of Jewell, IA, as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.
Words cannot express families’ gratitude to the staff at Eastern Star Home for their friendship and care.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Stratford, IA. Interment will be in South Marion Cemetery after the funeral. Visits with family present to greet friends will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Stratford.
Remember Dixie buying an instrument for someone or paying for his music lessons. Memorials can be donated to Calvary United Methodist Church or Eastern Star Masonic House.
Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home helps the family. Online condolences can be made at www.schroederfuner al.com.