Sara Amelia Dixon of Givens Estates, Asheville, NC, died August 25, 2018, two weeks before her 97th birthday. Born in 1921, she was the daughter of Albert T. and Hessie McMurry Dixon of Hendersonville, NC. She lived a full life of generous service. Sara received her BS in Elementary Education from Southeastern State College in Durant, OK and her MA from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA. Sara served as a Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. missionary educator in Mexico, Peru, and Chile from 1952 until 1986 and then at a border ministry in Hildago, TX. She was known as an excellent bible teacher, choir director, translator, and curriculum writer. Her book, Una Nuevo Perspectiva de la Education Cristiano: The English Translation, was published in 1979, second edition in 1982. After retiring, she was active with the Guatemala Partnership Program of the Presbytery of North Carolina, making many trips to Guatemala to teach classes. Sara served as a Ruling Elder at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Since 2011 she had been a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her sister, Martha Wilkerson of Loudon, TN; brother-in-law, Worth Wilkerson; sister-in-law, Margaret Dixon; nieces Sonya Todd, Judy Wagner, Monica Miller; nephews Phil Dixon, Kevin Wilkerson, Thomas Dixon; many cousins, particularly Jack Bass of Givens, the Gibbs family and many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Edwin Dixon and David Dixon; niece, Linda Lee; nephew, Michael Dixon; and sister-in-law, Jean Dixon.
Sara’s Memorial Service is scheduled for September 29 at 2:00pm in the Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803; US Coordinators for Border Ministry, Frontera de Cristo, PCUSA, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264–3700; the Given’s Employee Assistance Fund, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803.