OBITUARY

Dixie Harvey

July 27, 1956November 14, 2021

Dixie Lee Harvey, age 65 of Hudsonville, passed to eternal life with the Lord Sunday, November 14, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her children Todd (Patty) Harvey and Angela (Alan) Paasche; five beloved grandchildren Zachary, Alexa, Kayla, and Bo Harvey and Baby Girl Paasche, due to arrive in December; brother, Bill Allen; and many dear friends.

Dixie cherished time with her children and grandchildren, teaching them to do the things she loved, including sewing and riding her horse. She also enjoyed knitting and camping in the woods with her adventurous friends. Her sense of humor and laugh that could fill a room brought joy to those around her, even in her last days. Dixie faced death without fear and as a model of love for Jesus.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 9408 Wilson Ave. SW, Byron Center, MI, with Msgr. William Duncan presiding. The family will receive relatives and friends Saturday morning at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. There will be a lunch following the Mass. The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guestbook at www.cookcaresbyron.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Sebastian Catholic Church or Faith Hospice.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

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Sr. M. Rosita Schiller

November 20, 2021

I was shocked to hear the news of Mrs. Harvey's death. It was a surprise that she was suffering from cancer when we met at Angela's surprise baby shower just a few weeks earlier. I'm so sorry to have missed the celebration of her life and the rituals of of the funeral, remembering her baptism and life of faith. May the angels welcome her into paradise and may she continue to watch over all those she loved and cared for during her life on earth. My thoughts and prayers are with you for comfort in your mourning while she is at peace singing God's praises forever.

Sara Crockett

November 16, 2021

Dixie and I boarded our horses together at multiple barns, and running into each other quickly became a welcome surprise. I was always happy when I spotted her truck when I arrived. There have been countless times she was there for me, our family, and our horse Karli.
Dixie was the kind of friend I would like to be. She’d message me to check in if we hadn’t seen each other at the barn for a while. She was kind, funny, and caring.
During the early stages of postpartum recovery with our first baby, she held my horse for some of her trims, and would fill her treat ball in her stall with peanuts for me. She would message me updates and reassure me that she was doing well and in great hands. “I gave her some scratches and told her you loved her.” As a new mom, I remember feeling such relief and gratitude when she sent me those messages! She would say “I remember those days,” “we’ve all been there!”
We’ve kept in touch through Facebook, and it’s always felt like Dixie was rooting for me; from job changes, to finding a new house where we could keep our horse, to welcoming our second baby..
I have a feeling I’m not the only person who feels grateful for having Dixie in their corner. Her friendship was truly a gift.

Lorrie Newton

November 16, 2021

I met Dixie in a bowling league in 1980. We were instantly drawn to each other and really looked forward to our weekly games. Then the Harvey's ended up buying a house 3 blocks away from where I lived! Well we never had more fun!
We did everything together and even considered moving to Michigan when she transferred. But, we had to settle on visiting instead. 😒
Even long distance we were able to remain very close. I will treasure our conversations and laughter. Thank you for being my friend and always being there for me no matter the distance. I love you and I know how hard you fought. Now you get to rest, my dear sweet friend!❤

Kathy Paydock

November 16, 2021

I met Dixie in 1982, and have truly treasured our friendship throughout all of these years. Dixie had a way of looking at life with laughter and a sense of fun, yet shared her strength and hope when life called for that too. We saw each other become wives, mothers, and grandmothers....laughing through it all until we cried....and sometimes sharing a good cry when needed. I am heartbroken for the family and other friends that will miss her as I will. I take comfort in knowing she still has a presence in my life, but now it comes from a place of peace for her.

Love you, my friend ❤️

Kathy

Lillian VanHeck

November 16, 2021

Remembering Todd and Angela in our prayers at this most difficult time. Thinking of Dixie, I always remember her smile and laughter and how contagious it was. May God give you peace and comfort knowing she is smiling down at all of us.

Shirley Nyenhuis

November 16, 2021

Hello Harvey family. I worked with Dixie at Steelcase for many years. I remember when she came to Steelcase GR after the Tustin CA complex closed. I thought she was so brave to move across the country! Your family had barely settled in but she hosted our departmental Christmas party that year! I was amazed at her generosity! She also took me under her wing back in the day when I was single and somewhat lost. She was like a big sister to me even though we're the same age. She was much wiser than me! I lost touch with her after she left Steelcase but kept track of her through FB, I will always remember her lovingly. My sympathies to you all.
Sincerely,
Shirley Nyenhuis

Jarra Hilliker

November 16, 2021

Whenever I called Equine Medical Dixie was so upbeat and friendly. She was so friendly and lovely to speak to. I will miss hearing her cheerful voice when she spoke to me. May you rest in peace.

Sandy Burgess

November 16, 2021

Dixie was the best friend anyone could ever have. She was the kind of friend that would do anything for you. She had such a great sense of humor even in the midst of chemo she never stopped smiling or making jokes. I met Dixie on Chalet Lane. Our sons became best friends and so did me and Dixie. Come dinner time our boys would check with the moms and see who was having what for dinner and decide where they were eating. Dixie always said my son was her #2 son and she was his #2 mom. We had a lot of fun on Chalet Lane. Friday nights were pizza and pictionary night. New Years eve was always at Hubba Tubba. Great Fun!! I am going to miss you my friend. There will never be another Dixie.
Love,
Sandy Burgess

Jennie Jorstad

November 16, 2021

I will never forget spending time with Dixie as a child. She was always making me laugh and always made me feel loved. She truly was one of a kind. Her kindness was evident to all. I am praying for her family and friends and asking God to bring comfort and peace. She will be greatly missed but I am grateful we know she is with Jesus. Healthy, joyful and made new.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY