Shirley May Dixon, 87

February 8, 1934 - June 27, 2021

Hastings resident Shirley May Dixon, 87, was called home to heaven on June 27, 2021, at
Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, NE.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 2, at Grace United Methodist Church in Hastings
with Rev. Stefanie Hayes and Rev. Kathy Uldrich officiating. Burial will be held at
Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation will be 1-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home
with family present 5-7 and 1 hour prior at the church. Memorials may be given to the
family for a memorial to be established at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to
the family at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation
Center is serving the family.

She was born to the late Howard and Nettie May in Hastings, NE, on February 8, 1934.
She attended Hastings Public Schools and graduated from Hastings High School in 1952.
She always said she was “born to be a homemaker.” From a young age, she loved to
cook, clean, sew, bake, make candy and do all kinds of crafts. She worked in retail as a
professional gift wrapper. She also owned her own beauty salon. But most of all, she
loved being a stay-at-home mom.

She married her childhood sweetheart, William Dixon, on January 26, 1952, right before
her high school graduation and just before he was shipped overseas with the Army.
Together, they had three children: Diane Lynn Cassell of Los Lunas, NM, William Dean
Dixon, Jr., deceased, and Thomas Eugene Dixon, deceased.

Shirley was involved in many community activities as well as being a member of Grace
United Methodist Church. She was a Girl Scout Leader, 4-H Leader, Home Extension
Leader, YWCA member, a lifetime member of Morton and Hawthorne School PTAs, and
was a Sunday School teacher.

Shirley always said you can tell a Christian by the way they live, and we know she tried
to do just that! She is ready to walk on the streets of gold with her Lord and Savior and
meet all of her loved ones who went before her. She would tell you that life without God
is like a pencil not sharpened, there is no point. She tried to live in a way that would serve

Her children always told her that on her tombstone, they were going to inscribe, “A place
for everything, and everything in its place!” She believes that taught them to be clean,
neat, and kind.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; sons, William Dean Dixon Jr. and Thomas
Eugene Dixon; two sisters, Hazel Oellerich and Ruthie Stroud; and one brother, Earl


Husband: William Dixon – Hastings, NE

Daughter: Diane Lynn Cassell – Los Lunas, NM

Grandchildren & Spouses: Elizabeth & Scott Richardson – Los Lunas, NM
David & Claire Cassell – Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Christian Dixon – Beatrice, NE

Great-Granddaughter: Abigail Diane Richardson – Los Lunas, NM
Sisters: Faye Davis – LaPlata, MD
Bernice Keyte – Omaha, NE
Phyllis Micketey – Bonney Lake, WA

Many friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews