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Dixons contributed much to Montana

2014-07-27T00:00:00Z 2014-07-28T09:26:06Z Dixons contributed much to Montana The Billings Gazette
July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Ralph and Pat Dixon accomplished much good before their deaths last week at ages 86 and 90, respectively.

Pat (Risdon) Dixon was a denominational executive in the religious education department of the United Church of Christ. She traveled the country putting on workshops, giving lectures and spreading the good word. She and Ralph met at a Christian education workshop she was putting on at Chico Hot Springs. Their relationship matured ultimately in their marriage.

Ralph came to Montana as a minister at Medicine Lake/Froid parish in northeastern Montana and was later asked by the conference minister, George Stickney, to do religious education work around Montana. He worked extensively with local church parishes and was asked to be associate conference minister.

In the area of housing, Ralph Dixon and Lobel Bennett were instrumental in stimulating the building of low-income housing, Sage Towers being one of their most notable projects.

Ralph served on the Board of Intermountain Children’s Home in Helena and led the capital funds campaign which made possible the building of the Wix Center, which still serves as the physical hub of the campus.

The Dixons were leaders in the local Democratic Party, and were the stimulus for the building of the headquarters office. They were also responsible for the recruiting and selection of precinct committee persons, a job which has not been performed as well since.

The Dixons were a unique couple, and they will be missed.

Ed Stickney


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