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  • Mildred Katherine (Staley) Dix


Mildred Katherine (Staley) Dix was born Dec. 27, 1921, to Charles and Bertha (Weber) Staley, in Martinsville, Ill. She was the second of five children.

She graduated from Martinsville Community High School in 1939. On Jan. 31, 1942, she married Paul Gallatin, her high school beau. They were married for 36 years and raised four children in Milwaukee, Wis. Mildred was a talented homemaker, an expert seamstress, chef, gardener, game player, and multi-tasker. She sponsored Chi Rho youth group at church and participated in the women’s group. As her nest was emptying, she started working for Marshall Field in Brookfield, Wis., in their business office and continued for 15-plus years.

On Sept. 27, 1979, Mildred married Dr. Kenneth H. Dix in Muskegon, Mich., and they resided in Carson City, where she worked as the vice-president of the Carson Clinic. For a time, they lived and worked in Tulsa, Okla., and then in Wortham, until his death on Jan. 6, 1989.

After retiring, Mildred continued her church work and volunteered with the Senior Friends, visiting nursing homes and playing in their air band. After moving to Houston, she continued volunteering at church and the local hospital, running the gift shop. In 2007, due to declining mobility and health issues, Mildred moved to Oklahoma City, Okla., to live with her daughter.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, her second husband; her siblings Gerald, Larry, Zola and Hazel; son Daniel Gallatin; grandson Mark Gallatin; and daughter-in-law Beverly Gallatin.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Lautzenhiser (Walt); two sons, Howard Gallatin and Fred Gallatin (Dianne); grandson Glenn Lautzenhiser (Chloe); granddaughters Louise Boyd, Jennifer Graham (Brian), Katherine Godwin (Cory), Rebecca Fleming (Paul), Deborah Shoemaker (Matt), and Chelsie Turner (Daniel); 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be Saturday, Sept. 12, 1-2 p.m., at Pearce Funeral Home, 314 S. 6th St., Marshall, Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Research, St. Jude, or the charity of your choice.

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