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Vanell Gary Dixon

December 19, 1936 ~ April 20, 2022 (age 85)



I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that Love his appearing

2 Timothy 4 Chapter 7th verse


Vanell Gary Dixon was the first born of ten siblings to the late Leslie and Catherine Gary who both preceded her in death.  She was born in Enfield North Carolina on December 19, 1936.

She attended Public school in Enfield as well. She moved to Washington DC and from there, Massachusetts where she settled for 54 years. She began working at the Polaroid Corporation where she worked faithfully until retiring after 25 years of successful employment.


Vanell joined Morning Star Baptist Church and there she worshipped until her health began to fail her but her faith never wavered.

Vanell was preceded in death by her brother James Gary, her sisters Shirley Wiggins, Georgia Hester and Hazel Gary and her parents Leslie and Catherine Gary.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her husband of 56 years; Larry Dixon of the home, 1 son, Larry Dixon Jr, of the home, 1 daughter, Joyce Williams  (Rick) From Washington DC, two special nieces that were like her daughters Deadra Lopes-Dixon of Roslindale MA and LaRonee Lewis of Hyde Park MA. One grandson, Derrick Williams of Washington DC; five siblings, Her 2 brothers Leslie Gary, From Fort Washington, MD and McKenly Gary from Landover MD, Her 3 sisters, Debbie Hardy (Willie) from Enfield North Carolina, Lucille McAllister from Bowie Maryland, Dorothy Nivrose (Frank) from Passaic New Jersey; brother in law Eddie Dixon of Fort Wayne, ID, Linwood Dixon of Farmville, NC, Dale Dixon (Kelly) Norfolk VA, five sister in laws Alice Dixon of Milton, MA, Melva Thursby (Charles) of Mexia, TX, Trudy Dixon of Snow Hill, NC, Margie Dixon of Snow Hill, NC and Geraldine Britt (John) of Snow Hill NC , One living Uncle Ester Gary from Newport News, Virginia and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and many more that called her a dear friend for life from the north, east, southeast and west.

Visitation will be held in the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home 1803 Centre St. on Monday April 25, from 11:00 am to 12 Noon. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Vanell's Service may be viewed via Live Stream by clicking the link below.


Our family is like the “Mighty Oak Tree”
Strong winds blow loosing leaves and branches
Some broken, some long, some short.
We are forever connected by the strong roots that started back in 1915.

Nothing will ever separate us from the ROOT from generation to generation.


We would like to take a moment to thank everyone that prayed for us and with us, sent kind words and encouragement, sent thoughts and prayers our way during this most difficult time. Traveling mercies to all those that have come to celebrate the life of Vanell Dixon with us today.

The Family 



Following the program, the family will receive guest at LaRonee Lewis’s home     



To send flowers to Vanell's family, please visit our floral store.


Live Stream
April 25, 2022

11:00 AM
Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home
1803 Centre St.
West Roxbury, MA 02132

Video is available for this event

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