After a two year courageous battle with cancer, Dixie R. (Fry) Weaver passed away at the Gatehouse on Dec. 2, 2012. Dixie was born Jan. 23, 1952, in Montoursville, Pa., being the daughter of Melvin L. Fry and Alice R. (Weigle) Fry, deceased.
Surviving are her husband of 28 years, James E. Weaver; son, Samuel P. Gardner of Montoursville, stepson and daughter, James C. (Glovia) Weaver, Lake Peekskill, N.Y., and Diane (Weaver) Robinson, Reading, Pa.; three stepgrandchildren, Jerome, Vaughn and Marli; a brother, Terry (Peggy) Fry of Montoursville; a nephew, Seth (Reba) Fry of Montoursville and their very special children whom she considered her grandkids, Maele, Wyatt, Mason and Willo; a niece, Rebecca (Mitch) Wood and children of Montoursville, Cheyenne, Cameron and Cassady, with whom she was proud of for their participation in many sports.
Dixie had a close bond with her uncle Dale Fry and his wife Bonnie. Dale was her on call fix-it-man. A special friend, former colleague and adopted son, Marc Berry, stood by her and lifted her spirit.
She was a 1969 graduate of Montoursville High School. In 1972, she graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in Consumer Science. Dixie enjoyed and was dedicated to teaching and had a preference in working with Special Needs Children. She was employed by Blast I.U. 17, teaching in their Life Skills and Alternative Ed programs. Dixie concluded her 28 year tenure in teaching as a family Consumer Science teacher at the middle school level in the Williamsport Area School District. Dixie used her Consumer Science skills in personal activity. She was a skilled seamstress and quilter. She excelled in food preparation, canning and preserving food. Jelly was her favorite endeavor. It gave her great joy to give handmade gifts, quilts, canned vegetables and jelly to most anyone she became associated with. In return, she just wanted her jars back so she could be ready for the next canning season. Other interests included gardening and she was an avid attender of flea markets and yard sales.
A private family funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, with Pastor Donald Wolfinger officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery.
The family will provide the flowers. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, or to the Susquehanna Hematology/Oncology Department, both c/o Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.