HELEN DIXON

Helen K. Dixon (née Kelly) of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 26, 2018, with her devoted husband Bill by her side, she was 86 years young.

Helen was raised in Upper Darby, PA. She was the daughter of the late Helen Marie Kelly and the late Joseph Kelly and the sister to the late Thomas Kelly. She was the beloved wife of William (Bill) J. Dixon, Jr and stepmother to Mark Dixon, Jill Dixon, and John Dixon and his wife Joni; grandmother to Amanda Dixon and Ian Dixon; aunt to Timothy Kelly (Mary), Michael Kelly (Jennifer), Thomas Kelly (Judith), Colleen Trautwein (John), Patricia Azzari (Phil), and their collective 25 children and grandchildren.

Helen was a professional secretary – working for a Cardiologist New York, Westinghouse in Arizona, Boeing Company in Pennsylvania, The Franklin Mint in Pennsylvania, and Delaware Trust Bank (now Wells Fargo) in Delaware. She retired in 1980.

She met her husband William J. Dixon, Jr. in 1965 while working for Boeing, they married in 1979. Bill lovingly referred to Helen as “Tink,” because her brother said, “What a little stinker,” which morphed to tinker, and became Tink.

Helen enjoyed watching a variety of shows and movies including tennis, ice skating, and a variety of drama shows/movies with her husband. She was an avid catalog shopper, enjoyed collecting figurines of clowns and Disney characters, and loved decorating for all holidays – especially Christmas all year!

Her interests included decorating her yard with flowers for each season, reading, running until sidelined by back surgery, taking care of feral cats (17 at one count), their family of cats and dogs, and birdwatching from their sunroom. She and Bill loved attending cultural/historical tours, were avid theatre/symphony goers, and enjoyed Ballroom Dancing at the DuPont Country Club.

A memorial service will be held on at 11:00 am on Friday, October 12 at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home (3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803). Friends may call beginning at 10:00 am. Interment at Lawncroft Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Humane Association, www.delawarehumane.org/memorials, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.