Longtime Salida resident Dixie Stanton, 81, died May 1, 2017, with her family at her side.
She was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Westmoreland, Kan., to Harold and Bertha Roberts.
She graduated from Westmoreland High School and attended Kansas State College, where she met Leon Stanton.
They were married Aug. 19, 1956, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a party in Fort Collins in August 2016.
The Stantons moved to Salida in 1964 when Mr. Stanton was hired as the Chaffee County extension director.
Although she had many talents, like sewing, cooking, cake decorating and art, singing and music were her passions.
Friends and family said she was blessed with a beautiful voice. She sang her first solo when she was just 6 years old.
Over the last 70 years she sang with various United Methodist Church choirs, including the Salida UMC choir for 53 years.
She sang in an 80-member a capella choir at Kansas State.
Throughout her life she sang for numerous weddings, funerals and concerts.
Friends and family said you could see her love of music when she sang, as it automatically brought a smile to her face and to those who heard her sing.
Mrs. Stanton received a 50-year member pin from the Order of the Eastern Star and was a long time member of PEO Chapter P.
She was a co-leader of the Mount Shavano 4-H Club in Salida for many years.
Over the years she worked for Harrison Land Survey and Biglow Land Survey.
She took great pride in being a homemaker.
Friends and family said she was an excellent cook and looked forward to having the whole family home for holiday dinners. Her grandchildren looked forward to her special treats, especially the wide variety of Christmas cookies she made every year. Her decorated gingerbread men were their favorite.
Mrs. Stanton enjoyed quilting and made several quilts and wall hangings after she retired.
She and her husband always had a large flower and vegetable garden and shared much of the produce that they raised.
She loved to decorate for special occasions and for the past 15 years decorated the church for the annual pig roast.
Mrs. Stanton enjoyed traveling. Being of Welsh heritage, she was happy to be able to visit her cousin in Wales. The Stantons also traveled to Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies, Germany and took a cruise to the western Caribbean.
As proud grandparents they enjoyed attending their grandsons’ football, basketball and baseball games. They seldom missed a high school football game and attended several college football games as well.
Friends and family said Mrs. Stanton was a one-of-a-kind. They said she loved life, loved to laugh and seemed to have unlimited energy.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Jerry and Charles Roberts.
Survivors include her husband; children, Jeff (Susie) Stanton of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jerri (Steve) Ross of Arvada; brother Wayne (Judy) Roberts; and grandsons, Josh (Ashley) and Tim (Stephanie) Ross.
Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. May 20, 2017, at Salida United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions can be made to Salida United Methodist Church music department.
Arrangements were with Aspen Mortuary of Denver.