Blanche Alverta Dix


Pastor Blanche Alverta Dix  was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Accomac, a daughter to the late Chauncey and Maggie Fletcher and departed this earthly life Nov. 12, 2021. Early that morning, God called to His servant and she answered; peacefully slipping away to rest eternal.

Blanche was educated in the public schools of Accomack County and graduated from Mary N. Smith High School. She continued her education at Nassawadox Nursing School and completed studies to become a licensed practical nurse. She worked as a nurse for 32 years until her retirement from Shore Memorial Hospital.

In 1969 she married the love of her life, Deacon Wilbert Dix, and remained a devoted wife for 46 years until his death in 2015.

Blanche is the mother of one daughter, Debbie Crowson, with whom she shared a deep and abiding bond.

Pastor Dix accepted Christ in 1949 and her testimony was that she never turned back. As a senior in high school she listed reading as her hobby and becoming a missionary as her ambition. From then until her last days, she continued to profess Christ, serve God, and work in His vineyard.

A career in nursing coupled with a loving spirit led her devotion to caregiving. She was named Nurse of the Year in 1979. Pastor Dix was a devoted caregiver to her husband during his illness and to her daughter, Debbie. She worked with determination to provide the best possible care for both of them – doing all within her ability and beyond. She never forgot she was an excellent nurse and continued to monitor with great care all that was being done.

Pastor Dix leaves cherished memories with one daughter, Debbie Crowson, of Accomac, who passed away 10 days after Pastor Dix; one sister, Margaret Poole, of Salisbury, Md.; one sister-in-law, Emily Dix, of Chesapeake; four nephews; Wayne (Alphine), Kelvin (Carolyn), Chester Pettit III (Eileen), all of Parksley, and Rodney Pettit (Rhonda), of Leesburg, Ga.; four nieces, Colette Pettit Douglas, of Onancock, Sharone Grant (Frederick), of Snow Hill, Md., Thalia White (Lee), of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Robin Pettit, of Kissimmee, Fla.; one goddaughter, Marilyn Williams, of Fairview; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Luellen Pettit; two nephews, Robert Pettit and Robert Leander Pettit; two great-nephews, Breon Fitzhugh and Steven Pettit; and one godson, Mark Anthony Wynder.
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