OBITUARY

Zella "Dixie" B. Mayer

September 11, 1913November 10, 2012

Zella “Dixie” B. Mayer, 99, formerly of Rockton, passed away on November 10, 2012 at Martin Health Care in Bloomington. Born on September 11, 1913 in Onida, South Dakota, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Kate (Vanderkolk) Maloney. She married William Stephens in 1936 in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 1982. She married her second husband, C. Warren Mayer in 1987 in Belvidere and he died in 1998. Dixie along with her first husband, William “Bill” Stephens, owned and operated Viking Shade Company for over 40 years on E. State Street in Rockford. They retired in 1981. In 1982, they were in a car accident in Missouri, where Bill died from injuries and Dixie was not expected to live. She survived another 30 years. She loved to travel and with her first husband, Bill, she went to India, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Alaska. After her accident, she went to Europe, Australia. With her second husband, Warren, she went to China along with several trips to Florida and Nevada. Dixie was a long time member of Second Congregational United Church of Christ in Rockford. She is survived by her son, Brad (Dang) Stephens of Bloomington, four grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, daughter, Patricia Edgar; sisters, Lucille Hutchinson, Edith Hawes; brothers, Irvin Maloney and George Maloney. The family would like to thank Martin Health Care (Westminster Village, Inc.) and OSF Hospice for their continued care for “Dixie” in her final days. No services are scheduled. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Cremation rights accorded. Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park. Memorials may be made to Martin Health Care, Bloomington and Second Congregational United Church of Christ, Rockford. Online condolences may be submitted at www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com

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Zella "Dixie" B. Mayer

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November 17, 2012

Our Dear Aunt Dixie. As you have entered into your heavenly home may you find peace and your family waiting for you with open loving arms.Thinking of those who have left this earthly home especially my loving father Irvin.May you always know you will be in our hearts forever beautiful lady.
Loving you
Don & Maggie
Patrick Irvin
Dawn Marie Maloney

November 14, 2012

It was a pleasure and privilege to visit Dixie at Martin Health. She was always welcoming and smiling. May God comfort you, her family and friends. Sincerely,
Chaplain Stephanie. OSF Hospice.

November 13, 2012

To a very dear Aunt, Dixie Mayer, who left us her heart and special way of doing things. She always shared her memories and thoughtfulness to those around her while leaving us with beautiful thoughts. Dixie was the icon of the family, and we can be proud of that heritage as we go on. May God keep her in a very special place for mothers and grandmothers. Rest in peace sweet lady.
Dave and Mary Maloney (Clovis, CA)

Elizabeth Myers

November 12, 2012

Elizabeth Myers

November 12, 2012

Elizabeth Myers

November 12, 2012

Elizabeth Myers

November 12, 2012

Elizabeth Myers

November 12, 2012

Elizabeth Myers

November 12, 2012

To my Dear Grandma: I will truly miss you. I will hold fond memories of you in my heart. Words cannot express my gratitude for your kindness and love. Rest in peace, Grandma!! :)
Love,
Elizabeth

FROM THE FAMILY