DICKINSON – Dixie Lou Ballow Pruitt, 90, died June 29, 2013.
A memorial service is 3 p.m. Friday, July 5, in the Arbor Oaks Chapel at Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan, Texas. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, at Crowder Funeral Home, 851 State Highway 517, in Dickinson, Texas. Visitation with family is 10 a.m. Monday preceding the funeral.
Dixie was born in Weatherford on May 27, 1924, to Mary Bloss Ballow and William Jackson Ballow. She graduated from Weatherford High School and Weatherford Junior College, receiving an Associate of Arts diploma in 1942. Dixie married Mack Arlen Pruitt on Oct. 12, 1942, and their first son, Bill, was born in Weatherford in 1943 while Mack was deployed to Europe in World War II. During the war, Dixie worked at Todd Shipyard in Houston. She was an actual “Rosie the Riveter.”
After the war, Dixie moved to Gurdon, Ark., where she and Mack operated the “Pruitt Help U Self” laundry. It was there her second son, Buzz, was born in 1947. In August of 1947, Dixie, Mack and their boys moved to Bacliff, Texas, so Mack could help reconstruction efforts following the Texas City Disaster. She was a stay-at-home mother in Bacliff and San Leon, where their home and belongings were destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961. She and Mack later moved to Dickinson, where she helped manage the Pruitt Construction Company, a business involving herself, Mack, and partner Garland Copelin, of Dickinson. In 2005, Dixie and Mack moved to Bryan. She completed her life at Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan.
Dixie was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Texas City and later attended services at Crestview. Dixie enjoyed painting landscapes and making teddy bears for her family members and friends. She held strong opinions about religion and politics and was willing to share her opinions with others if given the opportunity. Late in life, she was given special care by the staff of Hospice Brazos Valley and the staff of Crestview Retirement Community, particularly Sharon Byrd, of Navasota, and Georgia Mitchell, of Bryan.