Dixie graduated with honors from Metropolis High School in the Class of 1939 and was the chairman of four class reunions. She was a graduate of Draughon’s Business College in Paducah. She was then employed by Wyoming Tie and Timber Co. of Metropolis as clerk and stenographer.
Dixie and Virgil Smith were high school sweethearts and married in 1942. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2007.
During World War II, she was employed by the New Jersey Machine Corp. of Hoboken, N.J., where she was secretary to the project engineer of the U.S. Army’s M9 project. Later she was secretary to a project engineer of the Manhattan Project in New York City.
After the war, Dixie and Smitty returned to Metropolis. She joined the staff of Radio Station WMOK when it first went on the air in 1951. Her husband, Virgil, joined the staff in 1956 and became general manager in 1959, at which time they became part owner of the Fort Massac Broadcasting Co. She worked intermittently until the station was sold.
Dixie and Smitty retired in 1981 and spent the next 22 years house sitting part-time in St. Augustine, Fla.
They built their home in 1951, and it was the seventh house built in Hilanoa, where they spent their lives until the death of Smitty in 2007.
Dixie was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Metropolis, holding the oldest membership of the church.
Survivors include her son, Mark Smith and wife Jane; her daughter, Sarah Engstrom and husband Gary; her grandson, Todd Smith and wife Laura; her granddaughter, Michelle Clutts and husband Rusty; her great-grandson, Jake Clutts; one brother-in-law, Robert J. Smith; her stepgrandchildren, Tracie Berry and husband Richard and Joey Herrin; her stepgreat grandchildren, Rachel and Danielle Chapman and Kacie and Nikolas Berry; her special great-granddaughter, Alexa McKay Stubblefield; and one special friend, Kay Gilbert.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a special granddaughter, Karrie Beth Gilbert; and one sister-in-law, Helen Smith.
Graveside service was held Saturday at the Masonic Cemetery in Metropolis with Rev. Dan Whitfield officiating.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 605 Metropolis St., Metropolis, IL 62960.
Miller Funeral Home in Metropolis was in charge of arrangements.