Adelyn V. "Dixie" McGinley, 90, of Fostoria and formerly of Findlay, passed away at 7:51 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Independence House, Fostoria, Ohio, where she had been a resident for the past eight years.
Dixie was born on July 3, 1926 in Boaz, Alabama to the late Roy L. and Erma V. (Blymyer) Phillips. She married William T. "Tom" McGinley on August 15, 1948 and he preceded her in death on September 23, 1996.
Surviving are children, Shearon (Lynn) Shmidt, Manila, Philippines; Erma (Dean) Metzger, Fostoria; and Tim McGinley (James Giessler), Whitman, Massachusetts; daughter-in-law, Cheryl McGinley of Findlay; eight grandchildren, Geoff Shmidt, Emily Gooding, Christine Stone, Patrick McGinley, Laura McGinley, Dan Metzger, Kyle Metzger, Jake Metzger and 13 great-grandchildren.
Dixie was preceded in death by a son, Neil T. McGinley, and a brother, Paul Eddy.
She graduated from Goodwater, Alabama High School and attended Draughman's Business College, for Stenography; Alabama College and Bowling Green State University for Music. She had been employed at Ohio Oil Company, Differential Steel and RCA as a secretary and stenographer.
She was a former member of Howard United Methodist Church in Findlay and current member of West Independence UMC, Fostoria.
Adelyn (nick-named Dixie by a teacher she had in junior high school in Findlay, because of her Southern roots) had a quiet spirit, stubborn determination and was deeply devoted to her family. Her faith in God was an inspiration to many over the years as she taught elementary and adult Sunday School classes, led countless Bible Studies and prayer groups. She had a lovely alto voice, enjoyed many styles of music and played the piano daily for as long as she possibly could. She loved all things chocolate and was an unwavering fan of the Cleveland Indians. She was known for always having a sweet smile, living life gratefully and with much grace.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, following the visitation, with her grandson Rev. Dan Metzger officiating. Private burial will follow in Tawa Cemetery, Union Township, Hancock County.
Memorials may be made to the West Independence United Methodist Church, 22876 U.S. 224, Fostoria, Ohio 44830 or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.