Thelma Lorraine (Studer) DixonOctober 13, 1929 ~ March 23, 2021 (age 91)
Mrs. Thelma Dixon passed away peacefully at the Gainsborough Health Centre, Gainsborough, SK. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the age of 91.
Thelma is survived by her husband, Wylie Dixon; seven children: Darleen Duce (Doug Perry), Garry Coulter (Laurie), Donna Ehrmantraut (Duane), Hal Coulter (Sheila), Ron Coulter (Donna), Della Guenther (Russell), and Kelvin Coulter (Roni Sue); 24 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Shirley Gallant (Ray); numerous nieces and nephews; step-children, Laurie (Garry), Kimberley (Randy), and Garth Dixon.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Melbourne Studer, Henry Studer, Duane Studer; sisters, Elvira Duke, Violet Eilers, and Leola Williams; parents, Fredrick and Barbara (Arend) Studer.
A private family funeral service was held at the Carievale United Church, Carievale, SK. on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Rob Reed officiating. The interment followed at the Carievale Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Thelma can be directed to the Gainsborough Hospital Auxiliary, c/o Donna Shaw, Box 389, Gainsborough, SK. S0C 0Z0 or The Carievale Cemetery Fund, Box 88, Carievale, SK. S0C 0P0.
Mom as told by her children: written by Darleen and Donna
Mom was born in Eastend Saskatchewan Oct 13, 1929.
Mom told me during the Dirty Thirties, when she was about 8 years old, the family moved to a farm near Virden Manitoba, hoping to find better farm land. She said the family and livestock all made the journey by train. Only her oldest sister stayed in Eastend.
I remember a few things she told me about her life on the farm near Virden. She had memories of riding her horse to school, some were fond memories, and others were of how cold she got riding in the horse sleigh in the winter. She always had a special mention of her brother Henry who helped her with the horses. Mom helped in the family garden, milked cows, and collected eggs. In her later teenage years she cared for her disabled Grandfather who lived with them.
Mom married James Coulter at the age of 20. They worked hard on a farm located near Mom's parent’s farm. A promising job in the oil industry for Dad had them pack up their three small children and move to Estevan in 1956. The move to Estevan proved to be a good one for Mom and Dad as they prospered in business and had four more children.
All seven of Mom’s children meant the world to her. She kept us involved in activities of our choice and always encouraged us to spend time outside. We loved her cooking and baking, so often there was some baked treat waiting for us after school. Mom was a talented seamstress and enjoyed making all of us new clothes for all special occasions. Mom could take anything and make it into something. She could take a piece of clothing and from that garment trace a new pattern on to an old newspaper and soon there would be new outfit form one of us.
Mom also loved to knit and crochet. She would sit in front of the TV and work away and soon there was a new afghan for one of her grandchildren. She did some for herself too but she truly enjoyed making for others, whether it was for a wedding gift or a donation to a bazaar.
Mom was involved in the community; two of her favorite organizations were Catholic Woman's League and the Oilwives Club. You could also find her on the golf course or at the curling club.
Mom was devastated when the marriage to Dad ended, but her dark cloud had a SILVER LINING when Wylie Dixon came into her life. Mom and Wylie were married in June 1993.
Her life became filled with laughter.
Life with Wylie took her to a farm at Carievale. She always loved gardening, and now her garden was bigger than ever. She had produce to send home with all of us and still had some left for friends. She loved to help Wylie in the field and with the cattle. Anyone who came to the farm to work or visit was treated to one of Mom's home cooked meals. Visiting at the table after dinner was a joy to Mom.
Wylie and Mom traveled to cattle shows in Canada, United States and Italy. These were wonderful memories to her.
Mom was my rock, she stood by me in good times and bad. She didn’t always approve of my decisions but she supported me none the less and gave me advice along the way.
Mom had the most wonderful giggle (often referred to as belly laugh). She lit up a room with her beautiful smile. Even in her later years she could make her Caregivers laugh by her quirky sayings and giggles.
Mom loved her family. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all had a special place in her heart.
We love you and miss you mom, you will be forever in our hearts.