Mildred Evelyn Cotter Dixon
Avera, GA – Mildred Evelyn Cotter Dixon, 86, loving wife of the late Aurin Thomas Dixon, left her earthly residence and went home to be with her Savior Saturday evening, August 12, 2017 . Funeral services will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday afternoon, August 16, 2017 with Reverends Tom Kalliokoski and Jerry Pitman officiating. Interment will follow in the Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery, Gibson GA..
Mildred was one of five born to the late Ina Cole Cotter and the late Arthur Eugene Cotter. Born and raised in Gibson, she married the love of her life at the age of 18 after graduating from Gibson High School, and moved to Avera where she made her home and raised her family. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at the age of twelve, faithfully serving Him as a pianist and Sunday School teacher, and as a member of Open Door Baptist Church until her health decline. Being a homemaker, Mildred also worked outside the home at Stapleton Garment Company as well as Gibson Garment Company. A talented seamstress, she made many of her daughter’s clothes. After retirement, she knitted each of her children and grandchildren at least one afghan. She loved to be outside doing yard work which relaxed her. She was also a great cook and loved feeding her family. Affectionately known by her grandchildren as “Mema”, her family was her first and foremost priority. Her greatest blessing for which she was eternally grateful was the knowledge that all of her family had accepted Jesus as their Lord. A quiet person with a sweet, gentle spirit, Mildred always had a big smile for everyone, even “friends she had not yet met”. Generous, patient, selfless, tenderhearted, loving—these are such inadequate descriptives for this jewel of a lady. In her final years, she suffered without complaint, looking forward to taking Jesus’ hand for her final journey home.
Mildred is also preceded in death by her beloved son, Anthony “Tony” Dixon; and four siblings, Deward Cotter, Arnes Cotter, Ruby Buckner and Oree Cotter. Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Karen Raley Davis (Craig) and Gary Dixon (Tara); daughter-in-law, Susan Lamb (Anthony); sister-in-law, Delores Williford; seven grandchildren, Jason Dixon (Jennifer), Simon Raley (Bekah), Megan Edwards (Scott), Marshall Dixon (Nicole), Rebekah Moss (B.J.), Josiah Dixon and Carmie Dixon; ten great grandchildren, Jacob Dixon, Daniel Dixon, Levi Dixon, Kaiya Harris, Remmi Raley, Zoe Edwards, Lucy Edwards, Ezra Moss, Judah Moss and Marshall Dixon Jr.; many nieces and nephews; and special friends from Trinity Hospice and Gentiva Home Health. Serving as pallbearers will be Hoyt Cole, Scotty Cole, Clay Daugherty, Jason Dixon, Josiah Dixon, Marshall Dixon, William Goodson, B. J. Moss and Simon Raley.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial CO 80112-3754 or to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231-4596.
Heartfelt thanks are expressed to the staff of Trinity Hospice and Gentiva Home Health for their compassionate, loving care.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. prior to the services on Wednesday afternoon, August 16, 2017.
The angels gathered near your bed
So very close to you.
For they knew the pain and suffering
That you were going through.
I thought about so many things
As I held tightly to your hand.
Oh, how I wished that you were strong
And healthy once again.
But your eyes were looking homeward
To that place beyond the sky
Where Jesus held his outstretched arms.
It was time to say “Bood-bye”.
I struggled with my selfish thoughts
For I wanted you to stay
So we could walk and talk again
Like we did just yesterday..
But Jesus knew the answer
And I know He loved you so.
So, I gave to you the greatest gift—
The gift of letting go.
Now my heart will carry memories
Of the love you gave to me
Until we meet again in Heaven
Where the best is yet to be.