November 20, 2008


Dixie Louise Gerth, 87, of Venice, FL, formerly of Memphis, died Saturday, November 8, 2008 at HarborChase Rehabilitation Center in Venice, FL.

She was born the daughter of Raymond and Florence (Wilson) Dimit on July 14, 1921 in Grinnell, Iowa.

Dixie was a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She married Frederick Gerth Jr. on March 30, 1941 at the United Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

She enjoyed gardening and her pets. Dixie was a homemaker and in later years enjoyed learning how to use the internet and using her computer.

Dixie was a member of the D.A.R.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters: Beulah and Alice.

She is survived by her son, Fritz and wife Janet Gerth of Memphis; daughters, Cathy and husband Col.(Ret.) John Schweppe of Burke, VA, and Margaret and husband David Lisy of Nokomis, FL; six grandchildren, including Melissa and husband Jeff Behrens of Memphis, Andrew and wife Tiffany Gerth of Parish, FL, Rachel Gerth of Madison, WI, and Nathan Gerth of Columbia, MO, and a great grandson, Zachary Behrens of Memphis.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the donors choice.

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