Aug. 9, 1937 Oct. 19, 2013
Dixie Lewis, 76, Portage, surrounded by her loving family at home, went to be with the Lord on Saturday. She was born in Portage, daughter of Samuel and Viola (Derrick) Mross. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Donald E. Lewis Sr., who passed away on April 26, 2011. Dixie is survived by her son: Donald E. Lewis Jr. and wife, Melia, of Portage and her daughter: Tina M. Lewis of Portage. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Donald E. Lewis III, Samantha, wife of Brandon Steach, Derrick Lewis and Maria Lewis; and six great-grandchildren: Julianna, Bryce, Anthony, Nicholas, Alex and Rhianna; and her faithful canine companion, Lewis. Dixie was a very extraordinary person. She had a heart of gold, and she loved and befriended many. She reached out to all by touching many lives and by showing value to all people she met along the way. Most importantly, she was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She always put others first, especially her family and friends. She was co-owner and co-founder of Portage Power Wash with her husband, Don. Dixie was an active member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Portage, where she sang in the Gospel Trio and held many offices on committees throughout the years. She was a past president of the Women's Club of Portage and the Portage Public Library. She was a founding member of the Portage Area Ambulance Association, where she served on the board, and she was a former president of the AFLCIO with the Ebensburg Center. Dixie loved her community, and she was always there to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed playing pinochle, shopping and meeting up with her former classmates once a month. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Oct. 21, 2013, at Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Portage, and from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Bethany United Methodist Church in Portage, Pastor Arlene Bobrowicz and Pastor Mary Ann Long, officiating. Committal will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Johnstown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Dixie's memory to the Portage Area Ambulance Association and/or the Portage Public Library. Online condolences may be made at www.decortfh.com.