OBITUARY

Dixie M VanTassel

November 11, 1939September 19, 2020

Dixie Marie VanTassel, 80, of Yakima, passed away at her home on September 19, 2020. Dixie was born on November 11, 1939 to Travers and Gladys VanTassel of Union Gap, WA . where she grew up with her siblings Judy, Dennis and Steve. Dixie attended Union Gap middle school and then Yakima Senior High School, graduating in 1957. Soon after she went to work at the Yakima Courthouse in the payroll department and retired there after 30 years of service. After retiring Dixie worked part time at the Nob Hill Casino. Dixie had a love for horse racing, the Mariners and especially her Seahawks. She enjoyed spending time with her family and making yummy treats for them. Some people say her brownies should be famous. Dixie was a beautiful caring person who shined bright in every single person she came across. Throughout the years Dixie has donated to several foundations; St Jude’s, YWCA, The Memorial Foundation, Wellness House, Ohana House, Children’s Village, Ronald McDonald House, the Library, the mission and the food bank. She had served on the Park Board and Union Gap. Dixie’s nieces and nephews were her whole world. She treated each one of them as if they were her own and she loved them more than anything on earth. She especially loved having family get togethers where she could watch her babies laugh and play and she always had enough hugs to go around. Dixie is preceded in death by her parents, her baby brother Travers Leroy and her sister-in-law Nina Rapisarda-VanTassel. She is survived by her sister Judy Wharton of Yakima, and brothers, Dennis VanTassel of Yakima and Steve VanTassel of Cowiche. Also surviving Dixie are her nephews; Van Wharton (Tammy) of Yakima, Josh VanTassel (Jessica)of Issaquah, and Joey VanTassel of Cowiche, her nieces; Amanda Harris (Mark) of Tieton, Kayla Taylor (Colton) of Yakima, Karly Watson (Ryan) of Yakima and Sophie Maarhuis (Chase) Sunnyside, great nephews Preston Harris, Wyatt Harris and Beau Watson and great nieces Ava VanTassel and Zoey Taylor. Visitation will be held on Friday September 25 from 2 – 6 at Keith and Keith and a memorial service on Saturday October 3 at 1:00 . To leave a memory for the family please visit keithandkeith.com In Lieu of flowers please donate to a charity above in her name.

  • FAMILY

  • Dixie is survived by her sister Judy Wharton of Yakima, and brothers, Dennis VanTassel of Yakima and Steve VanTassel of Cowiche. Also surviving Dixie are her nephews; Van Wharton (Tammy) of Yakima, Josh VanTassel (Jessica)of Issaquah, and Joey VanTassel of Cowiche, her nieces; Amanda Harris (Mark) of Tieton, Kayla Taylor (Colton) of Yakima, Karly Watson (Ryan) of Yakima and Sophie Maarhuis (Chase) Sunnyside, great nephews Preston Harris, Wyatt Harris and Beau Watson and great nieces Ava VanTassel and Zoey Taylor.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

Memories

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Sharon McEntyre

October 1, 2020

I have fond memories of cousin Dixy. There was always a smile and
lots of laughs. My favorite Christmas memory was of the year she
got those very pointed Red shoes.
I moved away after marriage and we only touched base now and again for short visits .
God bless
Cousin Sharon McEntyre
Would love to hear from Judy, Dennis, or Steve
253 735 1004

Kay Maletta

September 29, 2020

Dixie, my dear friend of many years. Although time has taken us in separate directions, you and the memories we shared will always remain a part of me. From dressing up on Halloween at the Courthouse and going out and dancing all night. I can't forget our precious Seahawks and Seahawkers. Not to mention The Mariners! We were and always will be true fans. We had such great times never to be forgotten. I am blessed to have known you and will always treasure our friendship. Even though we have not talked or gotten together for many years, our bond remains. So sorry you are gone from this earth, but I know you are celebrating and looking over us from heaven. God Bless you. Judy, Dennis, Steve and family, may your memories of this special lady bring you comfort and peace.. Kay Maletta

Ben Hittle

September 26, 2020

My Condolences ,

I remember Dixie has a little kid in Union Gap getting a ride from her with her little brother Steve. I always visited with Dixie when I had any business at the courthouse. Dixie was a straight shooter!

David Rippee

September 25, 2020

So sorry. Condolences to all.

Lots of Memories from back in the day. I frequently ride my bike in U.G. and think of you all when I am going down 3rd St.

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