Dixie Lee Grayam, of Dowagiac

Published 10:09 am Friday, January 8, 2016

June 13, 1942 — Jan. 6, 2016

Dixie Lee Grayam, 73, of Dowagiac, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at St. Joseph Regional Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Dixie Lee Grayam

Dixie Lee Grayam

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at Clark Chapel & Cremation Services, 405 Center St., Dowagiac, Michigan with Chad Benkert officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice. Those wishing to leave a memory or condolence of Dixie online may do so at www.clarkch.com.

Dixie was born on June 13, 1942, in Berrien Center, Michigan to Orville and Hazel (Price) Ervin. Dixie was a hard working woman and spent many years in the Dowagiac area. She worked several years as a cafeteria helper in the kitchen at Patrick Hamilton School. She later worked for the Sundstrand Corporation and most recently for Brother’s Bakery in Edwardsburg for 12 years. Dixie loved to bake and make her delicious homemade peanut butter fudge. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Dixie also loved volunteering at her apartment complex at Chestnut Towers and prepared many meals for social gatherings there. She was also an honorary member of the Cass County Mounted Division and former member of Dowagiac Eagles. She loved people and helped many however she could.

Dixie is survived by five children; Jerry (Karen) Snider of Caro, Michigan, Barbara Adkins of Sumnerville, Michigan, Carol Grayam of Edwardsburg, Michigan, Charles Grayam of Dowagiac and Thomas (Bobbie) Grayam of Rogersville, Tennessee. She also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a sister, Wanda (Darryl) Eichberg of Eau Claire, Michigan and a brother, James Christy of Eau Claire, Michigan.

Dixie was preceded in death by her parents.