It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Dixie Maglio on Thursday February 21, 2013 in Nelson, B.C.
Born on September 2, 1936 in Trail, B.C. to Florence and James Barrett, Dixie spent her youth in the Village of Fruitvale, B.C. before relocating to Nelson, B.C. in her late teenage years. It was there she met and later married her husband, Mario, and raised a beautiful, loving family.
Dix, as she was affectionately known, lived a full and joyous life, working hard and raising her family. Her happiest times were spent with family and friends, camping, fishing, bocce, gardening and of course a good game of cards.
Dixie was a truly remarkable woman, one who was known for her effortless ability to bring out the best in others with her sincere interest and genuine banter, making even complete strangers feel at ease and welcome. She practiced love and generosity by demonstration, possessed a contagious smile and a charming sense of humor.
Throughout her life, she maintained a fun loving demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many. She blessed us with her nurturing love and boundless energy. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and playfulness, will never be forgotten.
Dixie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 48 years, Mario, her parents, as well as brothers “Short”, Vedder and Mike Barrett.
Dixie will be lovingly remembered by her children Murray Maglio (Kelly), Sheila Gambell (Wayne) and Robert Maglio (Kathy), grandchildren Jessica De Lata, Kyle Maglio, Adam Maglio, Benjamin Maglio and Mairen Gambell. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by sister Elsie Appel, brothers John Barrett (Hilda) and Dave Barrett (Rita) as well as her sister-in-laws Rosina Lorusso (Tom), Patsy Bredl, brother-in-law Alfredo (Rosetta), numerous nephews and nieces, and the many friends Dixie embraced over the years.
A Celebration of Dixie’s Life will be held at CATHEDRAL MARY IMMACULATE, 813 Ward Street, Nelson, B.C. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 10am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Okanagan/Kootenay Area Office, 4-1551 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1Y9M9.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.