Dixie Diane Dean, 61, Syracuse, passed away at home unexpectedly, following an extended illness Monday, May 22.
She was born Aug. 6, 1955, in Goshen, the daughter of Donald and Darlene (DeVault) Disher.
On Nov. 21, 1988, she married Mark Dean.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 30 years, Mark Dean of Syracuse; two sons, Richie (Tina) Doerscher of Goshen and Charles (Jodi) Briggs of Topeka; three grandchildren, Chloe, Maizie and Isabelle; stepdaughter, Sissy Dean of Indianapolis; numerous stepgrandchildren; an uncle, the Rev. Jack DeVault of Ligonier; several cousins; and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Darlene Disher; maternal grandparents, Wilbur and Minnie DeVault; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Disher.
Dixie was lovingly raised by her maternal grandmother, Minnie, and always shared a close relationship with her. She attended Wawasee Community Schools and worked at Goshen Cushion for many years. Dixie attended the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Goshen in her youth. In her later years, she enjoyed sewing, loving on her grandbabies and being a social butterfly on social media.
A funeral service in Dixie's honor will take place Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at Reith-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen. The Rev. Patrick Blevins will officiate.
Private cremation committal will follow the service at Legacy Cremation & Remembrance Center in Ligonier.
Family and friends will be received from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to charity of the donor's choice.
Yeager Funeral Home in Ligonier is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.
Published on  May 24, 2017