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Obituary of Mary B Dixon
Mary Baxter Dixon, 92, of Lincoln Park, passed away on January 23, 2019. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, George, a sister Mildred and brother Dwight. She is survived by her children, Denise Dixon, Carol Bierwas and her husband, Rev. Richard, son Richard Dixon and loving cousin Linda Meilan. She was the proud grandmother of Josiah, Joel (Courtney Cross, fiancée) and Gabriel Bierwas.
Mary was born April 23, 1926 in Ellenville, New York to Dwight and Margaret (Hughes) Baxter and was raised on a farm in the tiny Catskill hamlet of Mountain Dale. Mary was a vocal music major and received a BA degree in Music Education from Fredonia State Teachers College. She pursued graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Mary and her husband met while teaching together at Ellenville HS and were married in 1952. Mary also taught in Scotch Plains-Fanwood as well as 20 years in Haskell and Wanaque schools, where she was thought of by many of her students as "Mrs. Music." In 1987, she was recognized by Wanaque Borough schools as a "NJ Governor's Teacher of the Year," coinciding with her retirement.
Mary enjoyed a love of music with her husband and children and shared her soprano singing talent at weddings and church and school events. She was a member of and longtime volunteer choir director at the First Reformed Church of Lincoln Park, where she was active in the Women's Guild. In 1995, Mary received "Outstanding Senior Citizen" award from the Lincoln Park Jaycees, because of writing innumerable letters of encouragement to comfort others.
Mary and George's hospitality opened their home to international exchange students, neighbors, and young people. Mary was considered by many generations to their adopted mom, sister, or grandmother. Amazingly, former students now in their 80s were still in contact with "Miss Baxter."
Visitation is Friday, January 25, from 4 – 8 PM at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A funeral service will be on Saturday, January 26 at 11 AM at the First Reformed Church of Lincoln Park, with burial to follow at the Rockaway Valley Cemetery, Boonton Township. Condolences can be shared at www.scanlanfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
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