|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1938|
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 2009|
Dixie Carole Young-Godfrey-Fromberg was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Crosbyton to parents Hazel Louise Dick and Omer William Young.
She married Jimmy Preston Godfrey. They had two children, Jimmy Preston and Cynthia Louise. "They" were in the Air Force for 21 years. Their favorite stateside assignment was Montgomery, Ala., where she and Jim both surrendered their lives to Christ. Their assignments overseas included Newfoundland, Japan, Turkey and Spain. Stateside, they lived in Mississippi, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.
While in Japan, Dixie taught English at the University of Tokyo. She and her Girl Scout troop had seats at the opening ceremonies for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and she, Jimmy, and their two young children climbed all the way to the top of Mount Fuji together! They vacationed on the Black Sea and traveled extensively through Europe. They returned to Austin in 1971 at which time they retired from the Air Force, making Austin their home.
She later met and remarried her gentle giant and rock, Bill Fromberg. During that time, she was promoted to the vice presidency of Calcasieu Lumber Co., working there until her retirement in 1996. She and Bill sold their home in Hyde Park and moved to their lake home on Lake Buchanan, where they spent countless hours with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren skiing, fishing, tubing, and making homemade ice cream. After moving to Lake Buchanan, Dixie and Bill joined and became active in Buchanan West Baptist Church.
Dixie was an adventurer who defined her world with her enormous sense of humor and her belief that "this too shall pass." Her eyes sparkled like diamonds and she had a fierce love of her God and her family.
Dixie fought cancer and several other illnesses with courage, dignity and faith, and on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, Dixie won the battle and went home to live with her heavenly Father. For it is said in 2 Timothy 2:11, "If we die with Him, we will also live with Him."
Dixie was preceded in death by her husband Bill; mother, Hazel Young Shugart; sister, Nell Schrader; and Jimmy Preston Godfrey.
She is survived by her son, Jimmy Preston Godfrey Jr. (Jay) and wife Roberta of Bastrop; daughter, Cynthia Louise Godfrey-Balkwill (Cindy) and husband Rob; grandchildren, Heather Jo Wilson and husband Brian of San Antonio, Jimmy Winfield Godfrey and wife Kim of Bastrop, and Claudette Carole Godfrey of Bastrop; great-grandchildren, McKenzie Preston Wilson, Courtney Faith Cynthia Wilson, Taylor Jade Godfrey and Brook Lynn Godfrey; sisters, Barbara Edith Wilson of Bedford and Jonanna George and husband Bobby of Lubbock; nieces and nephews, Greg Wilson, Linda Bussey, Eric and Bobby Schrader, David George and Nancy George. She is also survived by her dearest friend, Rilda Scarbourgh and husband Charlie of Austin.
Not only did Dixie love to sing the song "You Are My Sunshine" to her children, she was "the sunshine" through their life window as well as being the sunshine for so many others whose lives she touched. Her light will be missed. "For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ." II Corinthians 1:5
A special heartfelt thank you and love to Dr. William Deaton and his nurse Eileen for all of their tender loving care through this difficult time.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Cook Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home. The funeral service was Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. at Cook Walden Capital Parks Memorial Chapel in Pflugerville. Burial followed at Cook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery.
Jimmy Preston Godfrey (1937 - 1995)*
Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum
Created by: Sharon Rhoades
Record added: Mar 13, 2009
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