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1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
NANCY DIXON Nancy Ann Stapley Dixon passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Ivins, Utah. Born Sept. 3, 1932, in Las Vegas, Nancy was the third child of Helen Mikesell and John Laurence Stapley. She was raised in the beautiful forested mountains of Meadow Valley, California, attending school in a one-room school house as a child, and later graduating from Quincy High School. Nancy met Frank Dixon in Oxnard, California, where Frank was stationed in the U.S. Navy. She waited for Frank as he was deployed to the Philippines during the Korean War. They shared many tender love letters while they were apart. Frank and Nancy were married in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple Dec. 11, 1953. This wonderful union was blessed with six children, Mark (Robin), David (Jana), James (Lisa), Carolyn Leavitt (Wade), Abby Bergquist-Armstrong (Mike) and Andrew (Heidi). It is difficult to measure the powerful impact Nancy's life of service had on others. She loved music. Her family could not afford a piano, but from a very early age she was known to draw keys on a box and pretend to play. She didn't have her first formal piano lesson until she was 16 years old, but from then on she would play at every opportunity. Known as "Sister Dixon" to most, she is credited with instilling the love of music in countless numbers of children and youth. She founded and organized children's and youth choirs in the Las Vegas valley, the first being known as the 23rd Ward Children's Choir. Many of the children of the choir continued to sing for her in youth choirs into their teenage years. From "Sing a Song" to "50 Nifty United States" and "A Special Night ("Little Bird")," from sacred religious performances to special celebrations of Independence Day and Christmas, she taught her choir children to be brave and proud singers (even the boys!) and thrilled audiences through the decades. She is admired by hundreds and her influence has been felt by thousands. Among her many talents, Nancy loved to sew. She often made her and her children's clothing in the early years of motherhood. Store-bought shirts and dresses hardly existed until her children reached their adolescent years. She was particularly famous for replacing the knees of the boys' worn out jeans, extending their wear and making neighborhood boys and their mothers jealous with the new jeans style! She made her daughters' beautiful wedding dresses with exquisite detail and precision. Nancy also made hundreds of treasured baby blankets and gave them away to new mothers. She loved babies (all the babies!) and wanted them to be wrapped up snug and warm. Nancy was a friend to many and continued a lifelong friendship with her high school girlfriends. One of her greatest loves was joining them in reunions year after year to reminisce and recount fond memories. She loved her very large circle of friends in her church, especially those who were her partners and co-directors in children's and youth choirs, and those she served with in many of her church callings. As a woman of great faith and testimony, Nancy dedicated her life to the service of the Lord. She served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of the highlights of her life was serving a mission for the church in South Africa from 1999-2001. Experiences in South Africa were profoundly influential on her as she developed a love for all of God's children while in their service. She shared stories of this time with all of her grandchildren. She was also the Matron of the LDS Las Vegas Temple from 2003-2006, where she served alongside her husband who was the Temple President. She found great reverence and peace in the temple. Nancy loved the Lord, her family, her friends, the temple, music and serving others. She was preceded in death by her mother; father; her sister, Connie Glattly; and her son-in-law, Barry Bergquist (Abby). She is survived by her loving husband, Frank; her six children; her brother, Robert Stapley (Suzanne); sisters, Anita Gerry, Nikki Vanetti (Guilio) and Cynthia Stapley; and her beloved 35 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Her tremendous legacy will live on forever in the lives of all those who were blessed to know and love her. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Monday, June 12, with funeral service following at noon, both at the Highland Hills LDS Stake Center, 3350 W. Alexander Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89032. Burial will be in Meadow Valley, California.
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