SIDNEY – Muriel Mary (Wilson) Holstead Dix, 96, a former office manager at Bresee’s Department Store and devout member of St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta, died Dec. 8, 2016, in Sidney, where she had lived the past 21 years.
Born in 1920 in The Bronx and raised in Valley Stream, L.I., Muriel had resided in the Greater Oneonta area for 54 years.
She was an active church woman at Holy Trinity, Valley Stream, and St. Matthews, Unadilla, as well as St. James. She loved the Episcopal Church and over the years taught Sunday School, served on the Altar Guild, was president of the Episcopal Church Women, chaired the United Thank Offering, and was an active member of the Daughters of the King.
A “cradle” Episcopalian, she maintained a passion for Bible Study and reading the Psalms, her favorite being Psalm 139, “Search me, oh God, and know my heart.”
Muriel’s professional life started as a clerk at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in New York City and ended as the office manager and bookkeeper at Bresee’s in Oneonta.
Muriel loved travel and meeting new people, and socializing with friends and family. She had a wonderful smile that could light up a room. She leaves many friends, especially Betsy and Richard, and now joins others who have gone before her.
Muriel was predeceased by her loving husband of 42 years, Roland H. Holstead, who was a native Oneontan, and by her second husband of 27 years, Peter Dix, a childhood friend who became a second love; two of her beloved sons, Dale Brent Holstead and Christopher Stephen Holstead; and an adored daughter, Muriel Ann Holstead-Moore.
Muriel is survived by her son, Roland E. Holstead (Sharyn) of Springfield, Mass., her daughter, Deborah Holstead Sager (Ronald) of Sidney, her daughter-in-law Lorraine (Ziegler) Holstead and son-in-law, Roger Moore, eight cherished grandchildren and 14 treasured great-grandchildren, all of whom brought great joy to her.
The Funeral Liturgy will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Matthew’s Church, Unadilla, with The Rev. Scott Garno, officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Matthew’s Church, POB 537, Unadilla, New York 13849. On-line condolences may be made at: www.wmaddenfh.com. Westcott-Madden Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Unadilla, has been entrusted with arrangements.