Dixie-Lee (Bowman) Blackwood

Dixie-Lee (Bowman) Blackwood

Tuesday, October 31st, 1939 Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

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Obituary for Dixie-Lee (Bowman) Blackwood

Dixie-Lee (Bowman) Blackwood was born October 31, 1939 just after midnight in Melfort, SK at Lady Minto Hospital and passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at around 11:20PM in Vancouver, BC at Vancouver General Hospital with her daughter by her side. Her death was unexpected, and she, and her family and friends, thought she would rally and be around for many more years to come. 

A proud Canadian and pure Scandinavian of Swedish and part Norwegian roots, Dixie-Lee was predeceased by her father, Alvin Oscar Bowman (original Swedish spelling: Boman), her mother, Kristina Violet Walborg (Linn) Bowman, and her brother, Edward Bowman. Dixie is survived by, loved dearly, missed, and will always be remembered by, her only child, daughter Karmen Blackwood and Robert Flores, many loving relatives (Bowmans, Linns, Randins, Morbergs, Blackwoods and Flores’) and wonderful friends from all throughout her life and work, and her former husband, Ken Blackwood. 

Born in Melfort, SK, Dixie moved with her family to Port Moody, BC at around age seven, and went to school and high school there. She then moved with her family to Vancouver in her later teens, and she lived most of the rest of her life in the West Point Grey neighbourhood of Vancouver, with the exception of two years she and her husband, Ken, who was a helicopter pilot, lived in Calgary in the early 1960’s right after they got married. Dixie attended Pitman Business College in Vancouver after high school. While living in Calgary, Dixie worked for Golden Eagle Oil & Gas, and in her early career in Vancouver, she had worked for CP Railway, CP Airlines, Dueck’s on Broadway, James Richardson’s, and then she spent the rest of her career – 37 years (1966-2003) – working for Air Canada, first in ticketing in downtown Vancouver in the early years, and then at Vancouver International Airport for most of her career, as a Customer Service Agent, with many years working in the International and Trans-border Maple Leaf Lounges. She was proud to work for Air Canada and made many wonderful friends over the years there and met so many interesting people. 

Dixie was the best daughter, best mother, best sister, best cousin and best friend, and she was absolutely beautiful, both inside and out. She was one of those remarkable, unforgettable, “once in a lifetime” people, which makes her passing so very hard for those of us left behind, and for whom she was our rock. Dixie was so loving, kind, humble, positive and good-natured, strong, smart, wise, brave, independent, supportive, inspiring, hard working, honest, resourceful, creative, pragmatic, upbeat and bubbly, real and authentic and down-to-earth, and absolutely selfless when it came to her family, who she loved with all her heart and was so proud of. Dixie had a very sharp mind, a quick wit and a very youthful spirit and mindset, right up to the end. She had such a beautiful smile and lovely warm and vivacious personality that lit-up any room she entered and made you feel special and like everything would always be OK. 

Dixie loved her family above all, and she had a great sense of humour and loved to laugh, she loved good music and good times spent with family and friends, she loved travel and adventure, she loved her home and garden, she was a great cook who loved preparing delicious meals for family (and she baked the best apple pies in the world!), and she loved animals and nature and the little birds that she would see in her garden. 

Dixie was such a giving, loving and supportive mother and did everything for her daughter Karmen, and she was such a wonderful and devoted daughter to her mother, and her family. Dixie’s advice was always to “love yourself and be proud of who you are, trust yourself, believe in yourself, always think positive and see the glass half full, be strong, keep your head up no matter what life throws at you, don’t worry (it’s a total waste of time – it gives you something to do but gets you nowhere), don’t ever envy anyone, be smart (and be ‘street smart’ - don’t let yourself be  taken advantage of), don’t take anything too seriously and don’t take anything personally (take it all with a grain of salt), know when to laugh, save your money and pay yourself first (put money into savings and pay your bills), don’t live beyond your means (don’t overspend, just buy what you need), always be careful and stay safe (park under a light, near others, lock your doors), appreciate what you have and don’t pluck your eyebrows (or you’ll regret it!)”

Dixie-Lee is absolutely irreplaceable and is missed beyond words; life will never be the same without her. “I will love you with all my heart forever, Mom. You have always meant everything to me. My arms are always around you.” 

As per Dixie’s wishes, she was cremated and there will not be a funeral, however, a celebration of her life for family and friends will be arranged in the coming months. (In lieu of flowers, for those who may wish to do so, family and friends might consider making a donation in memory of Dixie-Lee to the Kidney Foundation of Canada (BC Branch), the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC, or the Canadian Diabetes Association (BC Branch). Thank you.)

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We will all meet in Sweden beyond this space we call home - Howard and Eeva

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Comment | Posted at 12:38am via Premium Tree

Karmen Blackwood

Tack så mycket, Eeva och Howard! 🙏❤️❤️
Posted at 12:50am

Joyce Andersen

My name is Joyce Andersen (Wise), Dixie and i spent a lot of time together growing up in Port Moody, we were in the same grades from grade 3 and up and became close friends, we shared many happy times and had our sleep overs talking and giggling late into the night, there were some years we didn't see one another but when we did it was always like no time had passed, she will be so missed by myself and our mutual friend Sally, but we have many happy memories to look back on, Dixie was a special friend and will always be remembered and thought about. So sorry for you Karmen and Robert and her other family and friends.
Comment | Posted at 12:44am via Condolence

Karmen Blackwood

Thank you so much, Joyce. Mom really loved you and Sally, her very dear and oldest friends, and she had so many happy memories from growing-up in Port Moody and all of the good times with you. She was so happy to hear from you and loved keeping in touch over the years. Love you, Karmen
Posted at 12:01pm

Raye McLellan

I worked with Dixie at Air Canada for many years. I was quite often her break relief in the lounge. She was always very professional when passengers tried to access the lounge that were not allowed in. I was there one day when a passenger came in and was not flying with Air Canada. His reaction to Dixie you know who I am??? He said he was friends with the president. So Dixie called the presidents assistant and gave the customer the phone. We had a lot of laughs working together. She told me that myself and my husband were her favourite couple. She could tell the connection we had. She expressed her sincerity when my husband passed away and I will never forget her words to me. I know how painful losing someone you deeply love is. The pain will heel in time and then you will always remember your loving relationship that you had. Nobody can take that away. I love the photos you posted. in peace Dixie.
Comment | Posted at 09:51pm via Condolence

Karmen Blackwood

Thank you so much for your post and for sharing your memories and kind words about Mom, Raye. It means a lot to me, Love, Karmen
Posted at 12:47pm

Dear Karmen,

It was with great sadness that we heard from Susan that your mother Dixie had suddenly passed away. I remember the last time I met your Mom, in the Vancouver Airport, as I was rushing to catch a flight return to the east coast. We suddenly recognized each other and had a brief “how are you” conversation. She was such a great Lady! She will be missed!
Our thoughts and our prayers are with you at this most stressful time. We will be raising a “Wee Dram” in her honour. God Bless!
Jim and Sandra Lambie and all the east, central and west Lambie Clan

Comment | Posted at 09:29pm via Condolence

Karmen Blackwood

Thank you so much for your post and for your kind words about Mom, Uncle Jim and Sandra. Love, Karmen
Posted at 12:45pm

Karmen Blackwood

My name is Sally. I knew Dixie since I was 9 years old. She was 10. We became very good friends with Joyce. She lived, like Joyce and I, on Clarke Street in Port Moody. When she moved to Vancouver, we saw each other when we could, and phoned each other.

Dixie grew-up to be a beautiful, caring lady. I would phone her when we were adults, she was always so pleased to hear from me. I already miss talking to her. Dixie will be missed tremendously, but we will have the happy memories to remember her.

Sally Strelezki
Comment | Posted at 07:01pm via Condolence

Karmen Blackwood

Thank you so much, Sally. Thank you for being such a wonderful lifelong friend to Mom and to being there for me. I love you. Karmen
Posted at 09:38pm

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