Dixie Louella Thompson of Midlothian, Texas, 87, was born July 16, 1936. She passed away October 17, 2023 after a brief illness. Dixie was surrounded by her loving family with the calming sounds of the ocean filling the room.
Dixie was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she met her husband of 68 years, Leon Thompson. They married April 30, 1955. Soon after, they began planning their first home in Midlothian, Texas. The new home was the first of several Leon built for Dixie. It was the home where they welcomed their two children; Tillie and David. This was the home where Dixie learned the art of entertaining and preparing delicious gourmet meals and desserts for her family. She passed down her skills and recipes to her children and grandchildren. Dixie began many family traditions in their first family home and many are still honored today.
Dixie and Leon traveled the world during their many years together. Her favorite escape was the coast of Oregon. She found peace perched high on the hillside in a quant little motel. The spot encompassed all her favorite things; the sound of crashing waves, the splendor of sunsets over the ocean, and the salty sea air that renewed her spirit. She also traveled with her daughter, grandchildren, and friends. Dixie loved documenting her travels through photography. The most memorable photos are prominently displayed throughout the family home.
Dixie took great pride in maintaining a beautiful home for her family. Decorating and adding the latest family photo to a bookshelf were just a few of her hobbies. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader. Her home remains filled with her treasured books. Dixie enjoyed history, politics, and to the surprise of many, she never missed a televised golf tournament or a Dallas Mavericks game. She also cherished the time spent talking to her sisters on the phone.
Dixie lived her life with dignity and grace. She believed in the power of prayer and forgiveness. She was an example to everyone that knew her. She was most comfortable in one of her favorite kitchen aprons. She considered earning her bachelor’s degree later in life one of her finest accomplishments. With no cure for the pain Dixie endured her final years, she rarely complained. Her focus always remained on the well being of others. She was kind, generous, thoughtful, intelligent, and stubborn.
Dixie was preceded in death by her parents Jake “Oscar” and Margaret Clorine Baugh, her sisters Linda Northcut and Dorothy Conine, her brother Jake Baugh Jr., and her son David Thompson. She is survived by her husband Leon Thompson, her daughter Tillie Taylor and her grandchildren Cadeyn and Stephanie and her great-granddaughter Lucy; her sisters Joann Samford and husband Kenneth, Judy Baugh, Jackie Vines and husband Gerald, and sister-in-law Doris Baugh, many nieces and nephews and their families; and a community of neighbors that became family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial gift to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children:
Scottish Rite for Children
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219