Dixie Eaton Weldon, 86, of Bellefontaine, Ohio and formerly of 6 Leroy Street, Warren, Pennsylvania entered Heaven’s gates on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Dixie was born in Grand Valley, Pennsylvania on a cold and blustery winter afternoon on March 5, 1927. Her parents were Harry J. Eaton and Alliene (Harrison) Eaton. She and her sisters enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Grand Valley, and later moved to Warren Pa. where Dixie graduated from Warren High School in 1945.

Dixie was married to William G. Weldon on Sept. 14, 1946 and the couple remained devoted to each other until Bill’s death in 1992. They were rich in friendships and familial affection.

Dixie always had a cheerful attitude and her sparkling big brown eyes could make anyone’s day a bit brighter and make them feel like her best friend.

Her family was her career and, with her husband, she blessed their four children with wonderful, memorable childhoods. She was a most loving wife and mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She was remarkable for her loyalty to her family and an example to all for her cheerful heart, her selfsacrifice and her ability to inspire her family and friends simply by having faith in them. Despite her grief over the tragic deaths of two of her cherished children while both were in the prime of their lives she focused only on the living and caring for others.

She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Warren and a member of the Kanuga Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists and a former member of the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.

Dixie gracefully entered heaven to be reunited with her parents, her husband Bill, her daughter Linda Weldon Campbell, her son William Eaton Weldon, her greatgranddaughter Tatum Kennedy Violand, her sisters Alliene Eaton Correll and Frances Eaton Larson and her nephew Timothy J. Correll and Minnie I. Kerr, the beloved caretaker of the Eaton family. In the days prior to her passing she saw this group waving to her from the other side and she was happy to know she would be enfolded into their waiting arms.

She will be forever in the hearts of those she leaves behind: her daughters Pamela Weldon Marshall (John) of Belle Center, Ohio and Margery Weldon Roth (Larry) of Lincoln, California; her Goddaughter Toni Strawbridge Stevenson of Titusville, Pennsylvania; her sister Louise Eaton Hogg of Hermitage, Pennsylvania and; her cherished lifelong friends Jean Engle and Rhea Burleigh; her 10 grandchildren and one step granddaughter; 15 greatgrandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11 am to be followed immediately by a celebration of her life at the Women’s Club, also in Warren.

Dixie will be laid to rest among eight generations of her family in Laona Cemetery in Laona, New York.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to March of Dimes or the First Presbyterian Church of Warren. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the love and support given to Dixie during the weeks prior to her passing. They thank those who took the time to write and visit Dixie to express the difference she had made in their lives.

The JenningsFarley Funeral Home, West Liberty, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements.