Mildred Louise Dixon
1922 — 2013
Mildred Louise Dixon (Leist), 90, returned to the Lord on Friday evening, Aug. 16, 2013 in San Dimas with some of her loving family by her side.
Mildred was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and was committed to her Catholic faith.
She was born Sept. 27, 1922 in Beresford, S.D. to loving parents, Frank and Inez Leist. She had five brothers and four sisters.
Mildred’s family, faith and heritage were of utmost importance in her life. Her most precious moments were those spent with the ones she loved. Mildred will be greatly missed and will be remembered fondly by her family and all who knew her.
Mildred met the love of her life — Robert— during the war years. She was a nurse and he in the Army Air Force. The two married in 1944.
After moving many times they came to live in the Tehachapi area for over 16 years, before moving down to the greater Los Angeles area two years ago to be closer to more family members in their waning years.
Mildred is survived by her beloved husband, Robert of 69 years; her 14 children; four sons, Robert and wife, Helene, of Chino Hills, Mike and wife, Kathy, of San Jose, David of Lakewood Ranch, Fla. and James of San Francisco; 10 daughters, Mary (Puncec) and husband, Joe, of Sarasota, Fla., Nancy (Vukich) and husband Gerald of Tehachapi, Jean (Nels) of Mt. Shasta, Rita (Sholer) of Sacramento, Lois (Golden) and husband Chris of Waldport, Ore., Theresa (Bedoy) and husband Raul of El Dorado Hills, Lucy Dixon of Sarasota, Fla., Patty (Carter) and husband Steve of Loomis, Julie (Mavis) and husband Pat of Visalia and Grace (Hall) and husband Steve of Lafayette; a sister, Betty Ross of La Verne, a brother, James Leist and wife Barbara of Canton, S.D.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents and sisters, Genevieve, Sylvia and Ginger; and brothers, Gerald, Robert, Francis and Charles.
A rosary was held at Forest Lawn Church of Our Heritage in Covina on Sept. 3, 2013. A funeral mass followed at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church in Covina on Sept. 4, 2013, attended by her husband and most of her sons, daughters, their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren with Internment at Riverside National Cemetery.
A celebration of her life continued with her husband and many of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at Emeritus in San Dimas later that same afternoon.
Donations and remembrances may be made to Wounded Warriors on her behalf.