Dixie Lee (Ashley) Mally died peacefully in her Albuquerque, N.M., home on July 21, 2018.
She was surrounded by loving family. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Aug. 29, 1937, Dixie grew up in Cedar Rapids. She graduated from McKinley High School in 1955 and she married Michael Mally in Cedar Rapids on Oct. 18, 1958. Together they moved more than 20 times and spent the most years in two cities, Superior, Wis., and Albuquerque, N.M. Dixie worked most of her adult life, including time as a hospital admissions clerk, at Superior Memorial Hospital in Superior, Wis., and at Presbyterian
Hospital in Albuquerque. She also taught ceramics at Arrowhead Ceramic Arts in Superior. Her ceramics still are enjoyed in many homes today. She served on the parent-teacher association, as a leader in Brownies and Scouts, and other activities to support her children during their school years.
Dixie most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, becoming a fixture at as many of their softball, soccer and aviation events as possible. She loved watching her grandkids blossom into young adults.
Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Marguerite Ashley.
She leaves behind her husband of nearly 60 years; a daughter, Deborah (William) Donnelly; a son, Stephen Mally; her five grandchildren, Lauralee (Adrian) Archibeque, Mariah Donnelly, Mikayla Donnelly, Savannah Donnelly and Matthew Donnelly; a sister, Carol McLees; an aunt, Marcetta Perry; cousins, Pamela Jackson, Ron Leinen, Marilynn Fisher and Marsha Kerr; and her beloved dog, Daisy.
Friends may visit from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at French Funerals in Albuquerque. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Dixie's grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque. Should you desire to make a contribution in Dixie's memory, the family asks for contributions to NM Wing Civil Air Patrol, Cadet Program, P.O. Box 5069, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM 87117; or Animal Humane NM, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
Please visit the online guestbook for Dixie at www.FrenchFunerals.com.