|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1930|
|Death: ||Aug. 8, 2011|
Dixie Lee Allen of Boerne, Texas passed away on Monday, August 08, 2011. Dixie was born on September 3, 1930 in San Marcos, Texas to Francis and Joy Mercer, the first of three daughters for the Mercers. She attended the local schools and excelled at sports at every level of competition. She enrolled in Southwest Texas Teachers College in San Marcos as had both of her parents before her and as her two sisters would later follow in turn. She attended class year around and completed her course of study in three years. She received a B.S. in Physical Education in 1951 and a Master of Education, also from Southwest Texas, in 1954.
Her first teaching job was at Jackson Junior High School in Pasadena, Texas where she rented a room from Cora (Cody) Stallings. In July of 1954 she married Cody's son Raymond Donald (Don) Stallings with whom she had two children, Debra and David. She then took leave from teaching to spend more time nurturing her children. When both children were in elementary school she returned to teaching, this time to South Houston High School. She eventually left teaching permanently to help her husband in his home building business.
Shortly after becoming divorced in 1975, she accepted a friend's invitation to attend a Parents Without Partners (PWP) dance at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion on Galveston Bay. Charles (Chuck) Allen, also recently divorced but already a veteran of many PWP dances, entered the pavilion from the upper level and took time to survey the crowded dance floor below. He saw a classy looking lady at the far end of the dance floor who seemed to be surrounded by a bevy of prospective dance partners. He walked around the perimeter of the dance floor, patiently waited his turn, and then asked her to dance. She accepted and then spent the rest of the evening and the rest of her life with him.
After Dixie and Chuck were married in April 1976, she moved in with him and his children Craig, Lisa, and Alison, whose ages were then 17, 16, and 13, respectively, in Alvin, Texas. In addition to taking care of their family responsibilities, their life for most of the next two decades also involved continuous dance lessons, dance clubs, bridge clubs, yearly ski trips, and frequent trips to places near and far, including numerous trips to Mexico.
In 1980 they made use of Dixie's home building knowledge and contacts and built a new home for themselves in Friendswood, Texas where they resided until February of 1994 when they moved to Boerne.
A great joy in Dixie's life was her grandchildren who addressed her affectionately as "Me Me." It gave her a great sense of satisfaction to help them achieve their goals.
In 1992 Dixie was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and thus began the long steady decline she coped with courageously. As her dancing decreased, her bridge playing increased and even more trips were planned; she always wanted to have something to look forward to. On two successive New Year's Eve parties in Piedras Negras, Mexico (1998 and 1999) she enjoyed being helped to the dance floor just to be held and to sway to the music.
Her condition greatly worsened in early September of 2009 and she was hospitalized for one week and then transferred to Kendall House at Morningside Ministries. The staff at Kendall House helped her regain the ability to swallow, talk, and eventually feed herself again. An effort was then made to care for her at home in late December but that was unsuccessful and she was returned to a nursing home in January 2010, this time to Cibolo Creek.
Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Kay Woolbright, and her son David. She is survived by her husband Chuck; daughter Debra Williams; sister Linda Wall; step-children Craig Allen, Lisa White, and Alison Roy; grandchildren Christi Condra, Shelly Garza, Marsha Guidry, and Kimberly McGinnis; step-grandchildren Eric Rutherford, Kevin Rutherford, Robert Roy, Lauren Roy, Jenna White, Julie White, Christine Allen, and Sean Allen; great-grandchildren, Keith Pendleton, Addison Pendleton, Kenslee Guidry, Abel Guidry, Marisa Garza and Victor Garza IV; step-great-grandchild Cole Rutherford; nephews Wade Monroe, James Woolbright, and Michael Woolbright; and niece Diana Kaps.
Francis Marion Mercer (1905 - 1992)
Joy Woods Mercer (1906 - 1999)
Don Stallings (1933 - 2011)*
David W Stallings (1957 - 1980)*
Dixie Lee Mercer Allen (1930 - 2011)
Kay Frances Mercer Woolbright (1937 - 1985)*
Plot: NWIII,Blk 1, Lot 17
Maintained by: ChuckA10
Originally Created by: Ed Thurman
Record added: Aug 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74717016