Obituary of Dixie Ruth James
Dixie Ruth James, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on January 6, 2019 at age 83.
Born 20 miles outside Mangum, Oklahoma on January 31, 1935, Dixie grew up on a farm, the youngest of 4 children. Her family later moved to California and eventually Dixie settled in Long Beach.
One night in a country western bar, she met her husband to be, a handsome sailor named Bob Kelley. (Bob often said Dixie could drink one beer and dance all night.) They married in 1956 and had 2 daughters. In 1966, they moved to San Diego and bought a home in Clairemont. Here Dixie and Bob, both talented swing dancers, enjoyed hosting dance parties for neighbors and friends. Dixie was also a favorite of her customers at Albie’s Beef Inn where she worked for over 30 years.
With a fondness for travel, she visited Ireland and Scotland, and took a 30 day trip across Europe. She also enjoyed bowling, golf, and gardening but her main joy was being a grandmother. Her grandchildren remember many adventures with her including Broadway shows, days at the beach, Disneyland , Sea World, Legoland and swimming in her backyard pool. Sadly, Dixie’s daughter Suzette passed away in 2014 of leukemia.
Dixie is survived by her daughter Denise and son-in-law Jeffery Jones, her grandchildren, Nathaniel and Lindsey Jones, Jeremy and Brittany Jones, Hannah Jones, and Jonathan Jones and her great granddaughter Clementine Jones.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Pacific Hope Church, 3550 Alton Rd. San Diego, CA 92123. The family asks, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.