Dixie Derby Goss passed away quietly on September 30. She was the daughter of Claude and Elsie Derby. She grew up in the small town of Greybull, Wyoming. Devoted parents, a close-knit community, beautiful and dramatic geography just a short distance away (Yellowstone National Park and the Big Horn Mountains), all helped shape her love of family, an appreciation for nature and strong ties to friends.
Music played an important role in many facets of Dixie’s life. She was a music major at Colorado Women’s College and Colorado State College, taught piano, and was the pianist and organist for years at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in San Mateo, California. Attendance at concerts and musicals in San Francisco were events she treasured.
While attending college, Dixie met William “Bill” Goss, who was a student at the New Mexico Military Institute. They married in 1942, shortly before Bill was sent off to Europe, where he served in the Army Air Corps. While Bill was overseas, Dixie taught elementary school in Greybull, a job she was extremely proud of. At the conclusion of Bill’s service in the military, they moved to California, where Bill attended Stanford University. Upon his graduation they moved to San Mateo where they lived until 2002 when they moved to Keizer, Oregon.
Never one to sit still, Dixie was involved with different church guilds at the Church of the Transfiguration, was a den mother for Cub Scouts, served on the PTA, enjoyed oil painting, loved reading good mysteries, and especially enjoyed getting together with friends.
Bill’s job as a civilian engineer provided them with a number of unique living experiences. Longterm jobs in Alaska, Singapore and Australia, gave them countless fond memories. While in these locations. Dixie immersed herself in local activities, acquiring an appreciation for the rich diversity these parts of the world offered.
Dixie thoroughly enjoyed life. Spring blossoms, gardening, beautiful sunsets, hummingbirds at the feeder, and countless other snippets of nature gave her considerable pleasure. Her five grandchildren provided her with a constant source of pride and happiness.
Dixie’s generous heart and spirit were an inspiration to others. She had the ability to make others feel valued and appreciated – a wonderful legacy.
Dixie is survived by her son Larry Goss and his wife Elaine of Salem and their children, Chris of Hawaii, Kim and Andrea of Queens, N.Y. and son Dennis Goss and his wife Gayle of Modesto, California, and their children Tim of Modesto, and Diane of Brick, N.J.
The family would especially like to thank the staff of Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community for the wonderful care Dixie received during the years she spent there. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.
There will be a graveside service for Dixie at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. with The Reverend Edward Farmer as officiant.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with the Wyoming arrangements and VT Golden Funeral Service assisted the family with the Oregon arrangements.