Dixie Norwood

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dixie Ruth Hanby Gish Norwood, 97, died Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Springfield Villa, in Springfield, MO.

Born 6 Dec 1920 in Berryville, AR, to Albert Luther and Emma Rilla Carter Hanby, she was the youngest of 10 children. Having graduated from Berryville High School in 1938, she began nurses training in Little Rock, AR. With the declaration of World War II, she served as general

duty nurse Regional Hospital, Camp J.T. Tobinson, Arkansas for a period of 34 months. She was also a charge Nurse in both Surgical and Neuro-Psychiatric Wards.

She married Alex Gish, Jr. and moved to Allentown, PA where her son, Alex Gish, III, was born in 1946. After their divorce, she moved to NYC to work and study art. She married Jack Norwood. After their divorce, she moved to Edison, NJ to live with her sister, Virginia Hanby Pharis, and commuted to NYC where she continued to work and take art classes until March, 1966, when she moved to St. Joseph, MO to help her sister, Opal Hanby Gum prepare her house for sale. Together they moved to Columbia, MO in 1967. She became the secretary of the Theatre Department at University of Missouri – Columbia, and spent the next twenty years as the administrative assistant to Dr. Donovan Rhynsburger and Dr. Larry Clark. While residing in Columbia, she continued to take art lessons, entered her art work in shows, and began traveling internationally. After her retirement and move to Springfield, MO, she looked forward to returning to Columbia for the annual luncheon for retired University employees. She was an active participant in the Learning in Retirement programs in Springfield, particularly those that enhanced her understanding of art, theatre and films, and those that provided opportunities to travel.

Dixie was a quiet, reflective woman, with a well-honed skill for living independently until 2014 when she became a resident of Mercy Villa, now Springfield Villa. She will be remembered as a gifted watercolorist and batik creator who loved learning, scrapbooking, corresponding with family and friends, and “arm chair” traveling in later years. She had set a goal to live to be 100 years old.

Dixie is survived by one son Alex (Paula) Gish III of Chestertown, MD; two grandsons Casey Gish and Dylan Gish; and four generations of Hanby family nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, nine siblings: Blanch Hanby Newman, Jay Hanby, Bess Hanby Kendall, Carroll Hanby, Jack Hanby, Ree Hanby Coxsey, Opal Hanby Gum, Virginia Hanby Wheeler Pharis, and Bob Hanby; six nephews: Billy Hanby, Larry Newman, Kenneth Kendall, Jim Wheeler, Kent Coxsey, and Philip Hanby; and one great-great-niece Kaylin Armstrong.

Given Military Honors, her remains were placed in the Hanby Family Section, Berryville Memorial Cemetery, on Wednesday July 25th, 2018. The flag covering her casket presented to her family was then given to the Carroll County Historical Society to be placed in the Hanby Family Memorial room in the old courthouse.