McTavish, Dixie Lee
1957 - 2019
With heavy hearts and deep sorrow we announce the death of Dixie McTavish. She was the outstanding and loving mother of Andrew (Kelly) James and Leah (Shawn Kuruneru) James, wife of Kevin James (1978-2010), and proud grandmother of Lydia, Maren, Ruth, and Edison James. The cherished daughter of Ruth and Bob McTavish, and beloved sister of Art and Steve McTavish. Dixie passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at Kingston General Hospital with her family by her side. She will be remembered for her generous heart, her kind, gentle spirit, and positive and cheery attitude. She taught us to enjoy the small things in life and to always see the best in every situation, person, and place. Her curious spirit lead her to earn a BA from Queens University and a Bachelor of Education from University of Ottawa. She held careers as a florist, a business owner and partner, and in recent years, an educational assistant with the Upper Canada District School Board. Dixie will be remembered as a creative and energetic soul. She was an avid drawer, gardener, and in her younger years, a painter. Her family will treasure the paintings and drawings that she has left with us from years past. She will also be remembered as a loving mother. Her commitment to her children was profound. It was certainly remembered over the past months when Dixie needed her children's attention and care. This lesson in love will not be forgotten. Though her time with us was too short, her spirit lives on in her children, grandchildren and all the friends and people she touched along her journey. Our family would like to thank the teams at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospitals and the Cancer Center of Southeastern Ontario at Kingston General Hospital for their exceptional care. Dixie's family and friends will gather for a visitation to be held at Blair and Son Funeral home, 15 Gore St. W., Perth on Tuesday, August 13 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. A funeral will be held at St. Paul's United Church, 25 Gore St. W. Perth on Wednesday, August 14th at 10:30 AM. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Terry Fox Foundation or to the Canadian Cancer Society "Wheels of Hope".