Dixie Eaton Weldon of Bellefontaine, formerly of Warren, Pa., entered Heaven’s gates Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
Dixie was born in Grand Valley, Pa., on a cold and blustery winter afternoon on March 5, 1927, to the late Harry J. Eaton and Alliene Harrison Eaton. She and her sisters enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Grand Valley and later moved to Warren Pa., where Dixie graduated from Warren High School in 1945.
Dixie was married to William G. Weldon on Sept. 14, 1946, and the couple remained devoted to each other until Bill’s death in 1992. They were rich in friendships and familial affection.
Dixie always had a cheerful attitude and her sparkling big brown eyes could make anyone’s day a bit brighter and make the person feel like her best friend.
Her family was her career and, with her husband, she blessed their four children with wonderful, memorable childhoods. She was a most loving wife and mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was remarkable for her loyalty to her family and an example to all for her cheerful heart, her self-sacrifice and her ability to inspire her family and friends simply by having faith in them. Despite her grief over the tragic deaths of two of her cherished children while both were in the primes of their lives, she focused only on the living and caring for others.
She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Warren and a member of the Kanuga Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists and a former member of the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.
Dixie gracefully entered heaven to be reunited with her parents, her husband Bill, her daughter, Linda Weldon Campbell; her son, William Eaton Weldon; her great-granddaughter, Tatum Kennedy Violand; her sisters, Alliene Eaton Correll and Frances Eaton Larson; her nephew, Timothy J. Correll; and Minnie I. Kerr, the beloved caretaker of the Eaton family. In the days prior to her passing she saw this group waving to her from the other side and she was happy to know she would be enfolded into their waiting arms.
She will be forever in the hearts of those she leaves behind, including her daughters, Pamela Weldon (John) Marshall of Belle Center and Margery Weldon (Larry) Roth of Lincoln, Calif.; her goddaughter, Toni Strawbridge Stevenson of Titusville, Pa.; her sister, Louise Eaton Hogg of Hermitage, Pa.; her cherished lifelong friends, Jean Engle and Rhea Burleigh; her 10 grandchildren and one stepgranddaughter; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-stepgrandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A service begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St., Warren, Pa., with a celebration of life service following at the Woman’s Club, 310 Market St.
Dixie will be laid to rest among eight generations of her family in Laona Cemetery in Laona, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to March of Dimes and the First Presbyterian Church of Warren.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the love and support given to Dixie during the weeks prior to her passing. They thank those who took the time to write and visit Dixie to express the difference she had made in their lives.