Dixie Lou Holenbeck of Colstrip, MT passed away June 22nd 2013. She was 69 years old.
Mom was born June, 17th in Cody, Wyoming to Clarence and Alice Nay and as the youngest of four and she understood that her brother and sisters were there to serve and entertain her.
She attended Powell High School but met the man of her dreams and traded her graduation gown in for a wedding gown and married James “Jim” Holenbeck on November 11th 1961.
As they moved from town to town following road construction jobs, her family grew and now it became her job to serve and entertain. Times were tough and sometimes we had nothing, but she made sure we didn’t go without. The four of us always felt spoiled and never knew how tough it was.
After they moved the family to Colstrip, MT. Dad settled into his steady work at the mine and Mom started working at Colstrip High School. She fit right in and loved working with all of the students and teachers. They soon became part of her family too, for her to serve and entertain.
Every weekend was usually spent chasing us around the state, sitting in the stands and cheering for us as we played in various sports. You couldn’t ask for a better cheerleader. When we graduated she soon became busy again chasing after her grand kids in all of their activities. Nothing made us more proud than seeing her up there in the stands smiling down at us with pride beaming from her eyes.
We will miss so much, Mom but knowing that you are up there smiling down at us will make it a little easier to get through each day.
Dixie is survived by her children Mike Holenbeck of Colstrip, MT, Kenny Holenbeck of Colstrip, MT, Jerry (Pam) Holenbeck of Idaho Falls, ID, Krista Hazel of Colstrip, MT, Grandchildren – Stephanie Owens, Steven Owens, Jamie Holenbeck, Aaron Gott, Tell Holenbeck, Tyler Holenbeck, Trent Holenbeck, Mason Hazel and Dillon Hazel, Sister Dorthy (Benny) Yates, In-laws Hal Holenbeck, Alta Mae (Jim) Meunier, nephews, nieces – Tessa, Matt, Stephanie, Brook, Debbie, Donna, Darlene and Dana.
Dixie is preceded in death by her parents: Clarence and Alice Nay, Husband James D. Holenbeck
Thank you to all of the Dr.’s and nurses that helped us at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, MT. You really made a difficult situation a little easier.
Funeral Services will be Friday, June 28, 2013 6:00 PM in the Baptist Church of Colstrip. Burial will be a private family burial at a later time. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements and condolences may be sent by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com