Linda Grace Dix Lee, 82, of Coxton Lake, formerly of Harrisburg passed away April 8, 2022 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA after suffering a massive cerebral event. She was born on November 2, 1939 at home in Starlight, PA, the daughter of David W. and Florence Haynes Dix, both deceased. Linda is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Lewis B. Lee of Coxton Lake, PA; a son Jeffrey K. Lee (Doriann) of Orson, PA; a daughter Susan L. Flannagan (Anthony) of Waverly, NY; Grandchildren Kaitlyn E. Flannagan of Brooklyn, NY and Blaine D. Lee of Arvada, CO; brothers D. Ellis Dix (Daisy), Pleasant Mount, PA and Louis O. Dix, Poyntelle, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
As a young girl, Linda’s parents bought a dairy farm in Pleasant Mount, PA where she grew up and attended the Pleasant Mount Vocational School, graduating in 1957 as class valedictorian. At age nine Linda’s Mother enrolled her in piano lessons with Muriel Ogden of Herrick Center. Thus began her early music studies, resulting in a lifetime career and love of music. Linda became the school and local Methodist Church accompanist. Upon graduation she enrolled at then Mansfield State Teacher’s College in the Music Education curriculum. While at Mansfield she was elected to Kappa Delta Pi and Lambda Mu, both honorary sororities. As a senior she was one of nine selected for the prestigious award, “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities”. Graduating in 1961 from Mansfield, Linda accepted a position as music teacher with the Galeton, PA School District where she taught for one year, thus commencing a long career spent working with children and music in an educational setting. In 1961 Linda married the love of her life, Lewis B. Lee. They soon moved to Harrisburg, PA following her husband’s career. Linda made the decision to be a stay at home mom, raising their two children. In the meantime, putting her training to good use, she began a private piano studio in her home and accepted a volunteer position directing a children’s choir at Calvary United Methodist Church. Thus began her fifty year career as a church musician of which founding and directing the handbell program at Calvary was a highlight. In 1978 Linda accepted a position as elementary music teacher with the Central Dauphin School District where she served at Southside School until her retirement in 1999. Linda’s musical groups at church and school were selected to perform at venues around the Harrisburg area. Upon retirement, Linda and her husband elected to return to northern Wayne County, building a home on Coxton Lake, fulfilling their lifelong dream of travel and becoming active volunteers in the community. There, Linda founded “Music for Munchkins”, a program for pre-schoolers at the Northern Wayne Community Library; directed and accompanied the Pleasant Mount Community Chorus; served as organist at Orson Church; choir and chime director for the Pleasant Mount United Methodist charge. In addition to her musical activities, Linda developed an interest in local and family history. She became a member of the Koo Koose Chapter of DAR in Deposit, NY; conducted local history programs at the Northern Wayne Community Library; served as a Board member of the Wayne County Historical Society where she chaired the Agriculture and Personnel Committees and became a member of the Speaker’s Bureau; and wrote books on local history. Linda also was a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church; past member and Noble Grand of the Nakomis Rebekah Lodge #497 of Lake Como; an avid needle worker who restored old quilts and made rugs, gardener, food preserver, cook and reader. In short, Linda loved life, her God, her family, her friends and her community.
Calling hours will be held from 11:00am–12:30pm on Tuesday April 12, 2022 at the Pleasant Mount United Methodist Church, 383 Great Bend Turnpike, Pleasant Mount, PA 18453, followed by a memorial service at 1:00pm conducted by Certified Lay Servants of the United Methodist Church D. Ellis Dix and Deborah Branning, and friend of the family Joseph Bachtel. A private inurnment of cremains will be at the Hines Corners Cemetery in Orson, PA.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis and Linda Dix Lee Music Scholarship Fund, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA 16933, the Northern Wayne Community Library, Como Road, Lakewood, PA 18439, or Northern Wayne Fire Company, Lakewood, PA 18439.
Arrangements are entrusted to Edward R. Howell, Funeral Director, Jenkins-Howell Funeral Home, Inc. 269 Belmont Street, Waymart, PA. www.JenkinsHowellFuneralHome.com