Aug. 29, 2015, Dixie Kathryn Ficklin was set free to be reunited in Heaven with her loved ones. She left a very deep hole here on earth. Dixie was surrounded by her family and loved ones at the time of her passing.
Dixie was born in Salida, Colo., on Sept. 1, 1936, to parents John and Alma Sage. Dixie graduated from Montrose High School and went on to marry the love of her life and soul mate, Robert "Bob" Ficklin of Delta on Aug. 20, 1955. This union took her from coast to coast -- to the East Coast in New Jersey to the West Coast in San Francisco -- as her husband was in the military. After his discharge, they brought their family back to the Western Slope of Colorado, first to Montrose and DeBeque, and then to Grand Junction before making their home in Naturita.
Dixie and Robert were blessed with six children, Alma Wancura (Don) of Silt, Colo., Randy (Lorrie) of Olathe, Colo., Teresa Ficklin of Grand Junction, Colo., Paul (Jamie) of Delta, Colo., Sandy Johnson (Donald) of Naturita, Colo., and Carolyn Mattas of Grand Junction, Colo.; and the blessing grew to 22 grandkids, 49 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Dixie's favorite holiday was Christmas. She knew all her kids and grandchildren would be there to celebrate. She had to have the house all decorated with everything in its own spot. She displayed Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses, reindeer, snowmen, villages and the Nativity scenes, and everything to make the house a wonderful holiday experience. The opening of gifts, youngest to oldest; the dinner that she prepared with everybody's favorites -- chocolate pie, lemon meringue, coconut cream, banana cream; the cookies and the candies; all made with her loving hands. The chaos -- she wouldn't have it any other way. Her patience -- no matter how loud it got or how impatient anyone else was.
Dixie was a Lady with many talents: sewing, cooking, baking wedding cakes and pies, gardening, raising flowers, and crossword puzzles. She shared her many talents with her children and anyone that they brought home. Her patience, Iron Hand when it came to discipline, her wide-open Loving arms and heart to comfort you in time of need ... to teach and give her knowledge -- she always had your best interest in mind. She always was the one who looked after your needs before her own, the one who cared for her mother and all others before herself. She was the matriarch of her family.
Dixie enjoyed picnics, cooking fried chicken (the best), potato salad, watermelon, and, yes, the water fight that always seemed to happen no matter if there was a water hose or bucket or just a water gun -- it didn't matter. She wasn't involved herself, but enjoyed the outcome and fun everyone else was having. She enjoyed anything that had her family together, even if it was just for an hour; her family was her life.
She will be missed by all that knew her, but never forgotten. There was only one of her; we wish everyone could have a person in their life like her, loved by all.