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Sarah C. Dixon

April 15, 1945 ~ December 21, 2021 (age 76)

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This is Her Story


On April 15, 1945 a special baby girl, Sarah Corlis Floress Churn, was born to George W. and Mary Churn, at the Philadelphia General Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She made her peaceful transition December 21, 2021 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, PA.

Sarah grew up on Peach Street in West Philadelphia, PA. She was the middle child of five siblings, having an older sister, Shirley, an older brother, Herb, a younger brother, George, and a younger sister, Loretta. She would often share fond memories of growing up. She had loving and wholesome parents. She admired her sister Shirley's strength to endure. Herb gave her advice on how to defend herself at school. There was one incident when a classmate wanted to fight after school, Herb told Sarah if she didn't beat the girl, he would beat her when she got home, needless to say, that strategy worked. Sarah said she and George often acted up at home until they would get in trouble. She said it was always George’s fault, he said Sarah was a bully. Sarah didn't really have a nickname, everyone called her Sarah, everyone except Loretta. Loretta would always call her "Sally or Sal." Sarah would often tell Loretta "don't call me no doggone Sally," however, that nickname remained, as well as the strong bond they shared. Sarah attended the Philadelphia School District through the twelfth grade.

It was on Peach Street where Sarah met the love of her life, Robert G. Dixon Jr., lovingly known as "Butch". They were married March 6, 1965, and honored their vows for 52 years until Butch passed away in 2017. Their union was blessed with four children, Andre', Rhonda, Renee', and Davetta. Andre' was only two months old when he went home to be with the LORD. Sarah loved her family. She always made sure her children were clean and fed, even if that meant her going without. She not only fed her family, if anyone came to visit, she would make sure they had something to eat. She hosted annual Christmas dinner for the entire family for several years. 

Sarah held many jobs along with being a home maker, until finally settling at John Wanamakers. She sold Fine Jewelry there for several years until they were bought out by Strawbridges, she remained employed there for 30 years until becoming medically disabled.

Around 2007, Sarah and her husband decided to make a change for the better, receiving salvation and dedicating their lives to the LORD Jesus Christ. Sarah overcame her gripping fear of being submerged in water and was baptized. Together, Sarah and Butch became working members of the historic First Baptist Church of Fairview, in Woodlyn, PA. There, she served as an Usher, and served a tenure as President of the Usher's Ministry. She loved being an "Usher", greeting church members and visitors at the door, and marching up and down the aisles. Sarah's love for ushering with the spirit of excellence impressed her granddaughter, Raine, to the point she requested to become an usher in her home-church just like her grandmom. Sarah also served with the Culinary Committee, Flower Club and more. Because of her faithfulness and dedication, in 2010, Sarah was honored during a lavish awards banquet. Sarah's favorite gospel songs were, How Great is Our God and There's a Bright Side, Somewhere. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 24. She loved to dress nice from head to toe-- especially when attending church. She would always say, "my son-in-law, Joel keeps me sharp." In her latter years, her beloved Church endured a lengthy phase of transitioning. Sarah then joined in fellowship with her children and grandchildren at Liberty Temple House Of Prayer in Chester, PA., where her son-in-law and daughter are Servant Leaders.

Sarah loved family gatherings, cookouts, holidays, especially Christmas, and parties. She loved to joke and make fun. She had a unique way of insulting you with love. If she ever told you to "shut up," which happened frequently, you knew you were loved. She loved to dance and watch parades. She really enjoyed watching drill teams and marching bands. Her favorite sayings were "alright now, you go boy, come on now, and hit it."  She was an avid Eagles fan, and loved Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Cary Grant, and Kevin Costner movies. She watched The Bodyguard every day, sometimes several times a day.

Sarah loved her grandchildren and great grands. She was like a mother to several of her nieces and nephews. She never showed any partiality, every child felt like they were her favorite one. Sarah lived on Thomas Street in Chester for over 33 years. She was well known by all the neighbors. She loved to sit on the porch and be nosy. She was also Mom, MomMom and Aunt to the neighborhood children, youth, and young adults. 

The one word that best describes Sarah was REAL. She was always the same. She had a bright smile and an infectious laugh. She loved life to the fullest and never complained, no matter what she was going through. She always said how blessed she was. Just a few days before passing, she ended a statement with this..."and GOD is still good!!
 
Sarah will truly be missed by many!

She was proceeded in death by her parents; George W. and Mary Churn, brother; Herbert Churn, sister; Shirley Ming, son; Andre', and husband; Robert "Butch." Dixon Jr.

She leaves to cherish the precious memories of her life: Her daughters; Rhonda Martineau (Joel), Renee', and Davetta Dixon; Grandchildren; Richard R. (Jennifer), Ria and Raine Fraim, Christina, Marisa, and Marcus Hollis; Great-grandchildren; Jadon "JayJay" and Eliana "Ellie"; God-Great Grands; Saniyah (Niyah), Ce'Iane (Nee Nee), and Suhaylah (SueSue); Brother; George L. Churn (Renee) and Sister; Loretta Williams; Brothers-in-law; Jesse Dixon (Jill), Thomas Dixon Sr., (Tara), and Sister-in-law; Robin Whitaker (Curtis); Special Cousins/Sisters; Ruthie Hall (Larry) and Deborah Day, Fur-Grandcat; Garfield "Garfunkel"; Close Friends; Gwenny Darden-Williams, Robin Dixon, Mamie Fitzgerald, and Romelle Thompson, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, Church family and friends.

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Services

Viewing
Thursday
December 30, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Morning Star Holiness Church
1627-29 N.20th Street
philadelphia, PA 19121

Celebration of Life
Thursday
December 30, 2021

10:00 AM
Morning Star Holiness Church
1627-29 N.20th Street
philadelphia, PA 19121

Interment following funeral service
Thursday
December 30, 2021

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