Strate Funeral Home

505 10th Street, Davenport, WA


Dixie Lee Novak

4 October, 194126 May, 2020

NOVAK, Dixie Lee –

Dixie Lee (Miller) Novak peacefully passed away in her home Davenport, WA on May 26, 2020. She is survived by her loving husband Robert Novak and her three children, Brad Novak, Gina Layton (Doug Layton) and Catherine Shaheen (Tony Shaheen), and her two sisters, Audrey Bitter-Jackson and Shirley Stahoski. Dixie’s legacy also includes seven grandchildren: Bradley Novak, Joseph Novak, Shaelyn Layton, Michael Shaheen, Shayann Novak, Megan Shaheen and Cailee Layton; two great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and her beloved kitty, Tippy. Dixie was born in Pocatello, ID on October 4, 1941 to Charles and Eva Miller. She grew up in northern Idaho and graduated from Coeur d ‘Alene High School in 1960. That year, she married Robert Novak in Coeur d ‘Alene, ID. Dixie and Bob treasured 60 years of devoted marriage. The Novaks raised their young family while residing in Idaho Falls, ID, Pocatello, ID, The Dalles, OR, and Klamath Falls, OR. They then came to live in the Tri-Cities, Kennewick, WA for many years. Dixie’s true passion in life was her role as homemaker and the matriarch of the Novak family. She raised her family camping and fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Dixie and Bob retired to their home just outside of Davenport, Washington. Their property, fondly referred to as “Up North”, provided a place of serenity for Dixie as she found great happiness gardening, cultivating friendships, and watching her family grow. Dixie also pursued many interests. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to enjoy various opportunities as a businesswoman. Dixie was a strong adventurous, woman whose wanderlust compelled her to travel to many places across the globe and in the United States. Her adoration for the world manifested itself in a deep appreciation for the seasons and the secrets of nature. She was well known for her culinary skills and was widely regarded as an enthusiast of many card games. She shared time with dear friends enjoying the skills and challenges of Bridge. Dixie strived to master the game of Bridge, always working to improve her strategy across the many variations of the game. The times Dixie cherished the most were those spent with the ones she loved over beautiful meals, conversation and “fun and games”. Dixie will be remembered as a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother; a caring, compassionate and loyal friend; a lover of the outdoors, animals, and nature. Her vibrant spirit will be dearly missed. The love, values, and the memories she shared with all who knew her will never be forgotten. A family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Dixie’s name to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest at https://rmhcinlandnw.org/. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.strate-funeral.com for the Novak Family.


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Tiffany Choate

25 June 2020

She was a sweet lady and I will miss seeing her. Always loved talking to her. Even if she was checking on me at Safeway while I was working.

lisa malpass

2 June 2020

Bob and Audrey, I am so sorry for your loss. warm regards, Lisa

Marty Miller

29 May 2020

Dixie will be greatly missed.She was a wonderful aunt.Preyers to the rest of the family.Our thoughts are with u bob.love the miller family

Denise Kowalski

28 May 2020

Bob and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Dixie was a wonderful lady, always so friendly and welcoming. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Sue Peters

28 May 2020

I'm so happy that Dixie was my neighbor and friend. She always greeted me with a big smile on her face and welcomed me into their home. I'm blessed to have spent some time with her last week. Bob and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.


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