Our precious, beloved Ollie Mae Rivers, affectionally called “Kitty”, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 3, 1936, to the union of Mary Ballou and Ulysses Rivers, who have preceded her in death. Along with her older sister Elizabeth “Bunny”, her family lived in an area known as Germantown, where they owned a Mom and Pop Grocery Store.
World War II began, and the family relocated to Seattle, WA. Kitty’s father was inducted into the Navy and stationed at Pier 91 in Seattle, WA.
Ollie attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Washington Middle School, and graduated from Garfield High School.
In Ollie’s youth she was baptized at the Peoples Institutional Baptist Church in Seattle, WA by the late Rev. Dr. Fountain W. Penick.
As a young adult, Ollie became a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church. Later named Beacon Hill First Baptist Church, where the late Rev. Dr. Robert Houston was pastor.
At Beacon Hill, Ollie was active on the Usher Board, serving as Vice President and later to be named President. She was also an active member in the Mission Department, served on the Deaconess Board and served in the capacity of Director of Christian Education.
In the 1970’s Ollie graduated from United Theological Seminary.
Ollie became an ordained minister through Surehouse Open Bible Church.
As a member of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, Ollie served as a Connections Team Leader. She immensely enjoyed the friendships she developed over the years.
Ollie worked for Boeing Company as a Quality Control Specialist, where she gave the official stamp of approval. During this employment she met the boy down the street, who later became her husband. Ollie met Eddie through a neighborhood friend, even though they lived a block apart for years. Eventually they met face to face when Ollie needed a ride to work (thank God for share a ride).
After a brief courtship, they were wed in 1958 and the couple was blessed with four children: Gayle, Rene’ (Lynn), Lisa, and Kenneth.
Ollie worked for Harborview King County as an LPN, where she enjoyed caring for her patients.
Over their 60 years of marriage, Ollie and Eddie enjoyed traveling to see family and support their children and grandchildren in their many sports, other activities, and most of all, each other.
Before officially retiring, Ollie and Eddie returned to what they loved the most; caring for children. They officially started the Dixon Daycare.
Sometime later, Ollie and Eddie raised three of their grandchildren; Aaron, Shalise, and Sarata. During that time, Ollie became an advocate for the organization, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.
During her two-week hospice care, Ollie was lovingly surrounded by her family and friends. Ollie “Kitty” moved from her earthly home to heavenly home on Thursday, August 13th, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. and by her bed side loving her along her journey was her daughter Lynn and granddaughters, Jenni and Shalise.
Ollie leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Rene’ Lynn Kennedy (Gerald Sr.) of Spokane Valley, WA, Lisa Annette of Renton, WA, her son Kenneth Dixon Sr. (Trina) of Kent, WA. Twelve (12) grandchildren: Jennifer Dixon (Jason) of Spokane Valley, WA, Aaron Brown of Washington State, Gerald Kennedy II (Julia) of Spokane Valley, WA, Shalise Burke of Renton, WA, Brandon, Brittany, and Blake Kennedy, of Spokane, WA, Sarata Villars of Kent, WA, Kenneth Dixon II (aka Jeric Cavere’e), Hannah Dixon of Kent, WA, Andrew Dixon of Gilbert, AZ and Madeline Dixon of Kent, WA. Twelve (12) great grandchildren: DaShawn, Jace, Malachi, Jenae, Jonathan, Carter, Jaelin “The Professor”, Jude, Jemma, Kinley, Gerald III and Hezekiah.
Ollie also leaves to cherish her brothers, Jeffery Rivers (Joan) of Hackensack, NJ, Ricardo Villasista Sr. (Michelle) of Kent, WA, niece Beverley “Peggy” Grace, cousins Ronald “Sonny” Hall, James “Billy” Hagins, Barbara Serious Philadelphia, PA, Gladys “Dimples” Harris, Annabell Palmer, Fred Chandler Jr., Elizabeth “Liz” Chandler and Phyllis Ballou of Virginia State, godson Anthony Davis of Seattle, WA, her “soul sister” Annie Daniels (Joe) of Seattle, WA, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends too numerous to list.
Preceding Ollie “Kitty” in death was her husband Eddie Dixon of 60 years, her parents Ulyesses Rivers, Mary and Perfecto Villasista, her daughter Gayle Brown, her grandsons Brent Kennedy, and Ronald Burke II and her sister Elizabeth “Bunny” Minnis.
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