Maxine Roberta Hess Dixon, 92, of Taneytown, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster.

Born Dec. 18, 1921, in Carroll County, she was the eldest daughter of the late Wilbert and Marie Hilderbrick Hess. She was the wife of Howard Duane Dixon, her husband of more than 71 years, whom she married in 1942.

She was a graduate of Taneytown High School and Marinella Beauty School, in Baltimore. She worked as a beautician in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

She enjoyed music, singing soprano with her sisters and in various church choirs in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Taneytown. Along with her husband, she was a charter member of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Beltsville. In retirement, she was very active in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown.

She raised her three children in Adelphi. In addition to music, she was a member and past president of the Silver Fancy Garden Club. She enjoyed working in her flower garden at home, and visiting with nursing home residents, performing "garden therapy."

She was instrumental in starting the "Sing Along" for the seniors at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, participating in that endeavor for 20 years.

Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law Robert D. and Diana Dixon, of New Windsor, and Steven B. and Suzanne Dixon, of Laurel; daughter Lynn and son-in-law Abraham Orbach, of Hilton Head, South Carolina; grandsons Ryan Dixon, of Frederick, and Randy Dixon and wife Christina, of Westminster; granddaughters Denelle Dixon, of Gaithersburg, Helena and Nati Orbach, of Chicago, Illinois, and Sharon and husband Andrew Wietstock, of San Francisco, California; and sisters Louise Grier, of Forest Hill, and Estelle Null and husband George, of Oxford, Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by sister Ruth Head and husband George; and sisters-in-law and their husbands Hannah and Ross Varnum, and Aliene and Robert McDaniel.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of service, 6 p.m. Friday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, with the Rev. Stacy Marsh officiating. Inurnment will follow in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice's Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157; Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, MD 21787; or to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Arrangements are by Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home in Taneytown.

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