Remembering Dixie Myers

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And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. – (1 John 2:17)

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One of my favorite Christian songs is the song “Thank You” by Ray Boltz. The reason why it is my favorite song is because it pretty much covers how thankful I am for the people who have and are a part of my life. (Click Here to Listen to the song “Thank You” )

I am a firm believer that everyone has pivotal times in their lives that has made them the way they are. Dixie and Harry Myers has got to be one of my top 5 pivotal moments.  The song that perfectly describes how much the Myers impacted my life. I have done a couple of blogs over the years that I have used this song as an example and I believe each time it was when I have discussed Pastor Harry and Dixie Myers.

Dixie Myers went home to be with the Lord on January 24, 2018. I can only imagine what the reunion was life for Dixie and Harry.  Click here for her obituary…

My Memories of Dixie Myers

Our family moved to Willcox, AZ around 1978 and it was during that time that I happened upon the Willcox Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Harry Myers and Dixie were there. I don’t think i happened upon the church accidentally. I feel that God directed me to the church.

dixieI was only 13 yrs old when I first met the Myers family. Dixie is the lovely wife of Pastor Harry Myers, who went home to be with the Lord on January 28th, 2018.  She is more than just the pastor’s wife to me and probably to many more. She was the role model that I desperately needed at that point in my life. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home and she helped me to become the best mom and Christian woman I could be. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like had it not been for the Myers Family.

From the moment I walked into the church, I felt like I was home. I actually chose the church I go to now because of the Willcox Church of the Nazarene.

Dixie made me feel welcome and loved. I don’t know if she really knew what was going on in my home life at the time,  but Harry and Dixie and their family impacted my life forever and still does. This is why when I think about the song, “Thank You”, I can’t help but think about how that song was written about them. Their entire family served the Lord happily.

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave

Their daughter Diana was a good friend of mine, so I would hang out at their house a lot. In my other blog I go into more details.  Diana and I hung out a lot and most of the time it was at their house. My parents didn’t allow friends to come over. Diana played the piano and sung at church. Dixie was the choir leader, pianist, teacher and whatever else she had to do.

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The Myers Home- Willcox, AZ

While I was over at the house, Dixie was doing what many mothers would be doing. She would be cooking all kinds of yumminess in their kitchen. Anytime I was there, they made sure to include me in whatever they were doing.  I don’t think I would ever go home hungry if I was over there. I didn’t really eat much at my home, so it was nice to be able to experience what real families do.

Dixie was a good listener as well and would take the time to really pay attention to what I was saying. I think that is a lost art. Most of the world has the “me” syndrome. If I was being a brat and doing something wrong, she had no problem telling me that.  I think all of the Myers were that way. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t thank the Lord for putting them in my lives.

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This dress is similar to what I wore that Sunday… She was NOT happy lol. 

One of the times that Dixie gave me a what for was right before church started. She was the choir leader among other things. I come walking into the church with a dress that was much shorter than what I should have been wearing at church. I was also barefooted with shoes in hand. She took me aside and asked me if I thought the dress I was wearing was appropriate for being in the choir lol. I sat where at the front of the choir since I was shorter. At least I think it was for that reason lol. But, either way, my dress was way too short. If you have seen pictures of dresses from the 70’s, that’s what I had on. Needless to say I didn’t wear that dress again 🙂

As I look back on my memories of Dixie, I guess the most profound thing about her was her love for God and for people. She demonstrated compassion for others. The compassion she had for me is something I will never forget. She showed me that we should be there for others even if we don’t feel like it. Dixie taught me that I should be giving to others even if I didn’t want to. It was a hard lesson, but a very important one.  She taught me that while I didn’t have an ideal family life, that I can still be the person that God intended me to be.

Dixie also taught me how to forgive and how to treat my kids and others with love and kindness. I was able to tell her how grateful I was for her life lessons. She made sure that those around her knew they were loved. Even when she was upset or mad, she still expressed her love by giving genuine hugs and telling them that she loved them. They weren’t just words, her actions demonstrated how much she honestly loved people and her kids.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection. I am life. The person that believes in me will have life {again} after he dies. And the person that lives and believes in me will never really die. Martha, do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 NLT

 

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