Dixie Alice Holden Alley

PicturesDixie Alice Holden Alley, born to Charles (Chuck) and Mary Holden, June 28, 1966, in Ogden, Utah, died in her home in Lynnwood, Washington, surrounded by family, on Thursday, July 9, 2015, after a two year struggle with oral and lung cancers.

Dixie grew up in Boise, Idaho, graduating from Borah High School in 1985; and going on to attend Boise State University where she graduated with an Associate Degree in Medical Records in 1995. Dixie worked for Blue Cross of Idaho and later Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho. Dixie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving as a teacher in both the primary and young women organizations, and served a mission to the deaf-speaking mission of the Chicago/Indianapolis Area Mission. Throughout her life, Dixie worked with special needs youth who needed extra help fitting in and attending meetings. She served to interpret for the deaf as well as facilitate church attendance for several youth with disabilities.

Following her marriage to Richard Alley in 2001, Dixie moved to Lynnwood where she realized her dream of becoming a full time homemaker, raising their daughter, Amanda, and son, Marcus. After Marcus was old enough to attend school, Dixie worked in the Edmonds No. 15 School District as a Substitute Parent Educator in the same school her son attended. At Hazelwood Elementary, Dixie used her talents of love and tenderness to work with autistic children. She had a unique ability to reach many children who would have been unnoticed or dismissed by much of the world.

In Lynnwood, Dixie lived a happy and rewarding life with her husband Richard, daughter Amanda (husband Jon), son Marcus, and grandson Maxwell. Here, Dixie’s smile and laughter influenced many in the community. She never met a person she did not consider a friend. In her last weeks of life, Dixie suffered greatly from not being able to eat or drink due to the progression of the cancers. She was, however, determined to keep her friends and family close by. She would happily welcome any visitors to jump on up on the bed and give her a hug and chat with her as long as they could stay.

Dixie enjoyed reading, journaling, taking long trips, shopping, and long walks, but mostly spending time with friends and family-surrounded by joy and laughter.

She was the third child and oldest daughter of Chuck and Mary Holden. Dixie was preceded in death by her mother. She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughter Amanda Wallin (Jon); son Marcus; grandson Maxwell Wallin; father Chuck Holden; brothers Blane Holden (Diana), Mark Holden (Lana), and Lyle Holden (Paige); sisters Wendy Ward (Scott) and Gwendolyn Sebastian (Mark), and a large family of nieces and nephews.

Dixie will be greatly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing her sweet spirit and loving nature. At Dixie’s request, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to pay respect to her memory are asked to consider a donation to her Go-Fund-Me-Account that has been set up to assist in final expenses incurred during her battle with cancer, which can be accessed via the following link: www.gofundme.com/nvvga4.

Our beloved Dixie’s memorial service will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. (viewing at 10:00 a.m.) at the LDS Chapel at 17321 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98037. Lunch will be served for all attendees following the memorial service.

Dixie will be lovingly put to rest on Monday, July 20, 2015, in the Meridian Cemetery, located at 895 E. Franklin Road, Meridian, Idaho, near her beloved mother. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided to friends and family at the Paramount LDS Stake Center, 2515 W. Ustick Road, Meridian, ID 83646, following the service.

8 Responses to “Dixie Alice Holden Alley”

  • Jackie Applonie says:

    Dixie is one of the few people I know that had no enemies, EVERYONE who knew Dixie was her cherished friend! That is quite a legacy to leave. She will be missed. The greatest way we can honor her is to never forget Richard, Amanda and Marcus by keeping them as active members of our family , the Joseph and Gladys Shull Family.
    The memories I have of Dixie are priceless and will always be held in my heart!

  • Wendy Carson says:

    I did not know Dixie personally, but knew of the beautiful friendship she and Suzanne Amlin shared. I knew she had a big heart and was someone very important to many!
    God Bless her, her family and all her loving friends.

    until we see you again…

  • Roxanne Applonie DeCoria says:

    Dixie has the amazing gift of unconditional love. Her loving service throughout her mortal life is a great part of her legacy and will be remember by many as a standard of her testimony of the Savior who she willingly and lovingly a disciple of.

  • Kerry Shull says:

    Dixie and I are related through my marriage to Brad but she and I became friends via Facebook and we found similar things that made us laugh. I admire her strength and her ability to make everyone feel loved and appreciated. I will miss our messages back and forth and her smile. God speed and God bless your family, Dixie. We’ll not forget them. Xoxox

  • Loah Russell-Helderman says:

    I remember Dixie from growing up in the LDS Church 28th ward. The one thing I can think of is her smile. Happy trails and see you on the other side at the top of course! (Oh and you are now serving as an ANGEL!)

  • Suzanne and Brad Watson says:

    Dear Richard, Amanda, and Marcus,

    We are so sorry for your loss. While it has been years since we left Lynnwood, Washington we have many fond memories. We were blessed to have known your great family. How we loved Dixie. Her smile, her love for all and her ability to serve will be treasured memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Janine Hernandez says:

    Dixie and I became friends in more recent times, after my family moved into her ward. A special memory I have of her was just a few months back, when we went together with some other friends to Time Out For Women in downtown Seattle. She arrived early at my house to carpool. I had just started vacuuming my car, realizing that my kids had made it rather icky and not wanting the ladies to have to ride in it in that condition. I was 8 months pregnant, and although she was suffering with the effects of cancer and her treatments, she insisted that I allow her to vacuum for me. She even wanted me to go inside and sit down (although I didn’t). Then she told me that even if she couldn’t physically help after my baby was born, perhaps she could come keep an eye on my bigger kids so I could nap. I didn’t get to take her up on the offer, but it still touched me. What an example of service! I hope to be more like her in my efforts to serve- putting aside my own struggles in order to lighten the burden of another.

  • Alan Adzhiyev says:

    Dixie I miss you and am really sad that I didn’t make it to your funeral and any of your services. Rest in peace and know that I always saw you as A second mom, I’ll Miss you for all my life… I’ll never forget how amazing you were to me in my life.Thank you for being one of the biggest blessings. Thank you for all you brought into my Life especially Amanda.

    Peace and love.

    Alan James Adzhiyev.

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