MANISTIQUE — Long-time resident Dixie Neddow, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Gladstone at the home of her daughter surrounded by loving family. Dixie was born on June 26, 1933 in Manistique, the daughter of Willard and Grace (MacGregor) Garvin. Dixie attended and graduated from Manistique High School. Shortly after high school, Dixie moved to Detroit, Mich., and worked as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. She later returned to Manistique to work as a telephone operator there. It’s then that she met and married Bruce L. Neddow. The two were married on May 1, 1954, a marriage that spanned 58 years until Bruce’s death in 2012. Dixie and Bruce made their home and raised their family in Manistique.
Dixie enjoyed being around people and besides raising her family, had several jobs over the years. She worked at the IGA Grocery, Norton’s Grocery, and for many years, the Manistique Cable Co. from which she eventually retired.
Dixie enjoyed spending time at the casino, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She was their number one fan and biggest supporter. Her owl collection was something out of a movie and her knack for crossword puzzles was incredible. She had the ability to solve any you put in front of her. She was also an avid reader reading numerous books a week.
Although small in stature, everything Dixie did was big; big hair, big heart, big personality, and big laughs. She will be remembered fondly for her sass, quick wit, sarcasm and amazing sense of humor.
Despite Dixie suffering from Alzheimer’s, her sense of humor still shown through. Her clever come-backs and silly jokes never took a back seat to her disease. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.
We rejoice in the thought of the reunion she will have with her beloved husband, Bruce.
Dixie is survived by her loving children Lorie (John Fukey) Neddow, Lance (Sue) Neddow, and Layne (Pat Bosanic) Neddow and by her cherished grandchildren, Christina (Lee Berger) Frankovich, Corey (Heather) Frankovich, Cassie Frankovich, Jessica (James) Shamel, and Melanie Neddow. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Josey Berger, Carley Kuskie, and Corbin and Eli Frankovich, her dear brother Willard (Margaret) Garvin, her sister-in-law Bonnie Garvin, several nieces and nephews, and a very special friend Jacob Gould. Dixie is preceded in death by her husband, Bruce, her daughter Leigh Neddow, her brother John Garvin, her sister Dawn Garvin, and stepmother Lillian (Dalgord) Garvin.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 12 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Fausett Family Funeral Homes in Manistique, Mich. A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
The Fausett Family Funeral Homes of Manistique is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.Fausettfh.com.