Sheila Mae Ramsey

Sheila Mae Ramsey

March 7, 1941 - July 18, 2016

Sheila Mae Ramsey

March 7, 1941 - July 18, 2016


Sheila was born on March 7, 1941 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Clyde Andrew Ramsey and Mabel Cook Perlstrom. She was educated in Vancouver, Canada and Pasadena, California, where she met and married Gardner Luke Dixon. After her husband graduated medical school, he was recruited to Nashville’s Riverside Sanitarium, where they moved with their baby daughter. While attending school in Nashville, Tennessee, they were blessed with two sons. She earned both, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Sociology from Tennessee A & I State Normal College. She later moved to Norfolk, Virginia and went on to have a successful career in sociology, working and living in the Washington, D. C. area and Silver Springs, Maryland before retiring in Nashville. She was a sweet soul who who attended Riverside Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nashville.

On Monday, July 18, 2016, Sheila left to mourn her passing, her children: Lynne Renée Dixon-Speller (Jeffrey), Gardner Lewis Dixon and James Andrew Dixon; grandchildren: Dalton Dixon Speller (Rachel), Relyea Dixon Speller, Tyler Olivia Dixon, Gardner Luke Dixon II, Joshua Amari Dixon, Mya Elizabeth Dixon; great-grandson: Jeffrey Dalton Speller; and siblings: Bill Perstrom, Louise Lowe-Kemball, Brad Perlstrom, and Kathy Burwell.

The family will celebrate Sheila’s life on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Riverside Seventh Day Adventist Church Chapel, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cremation Society of Tennessee is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be made to the family at

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: July 31, 2016 (3:00 PM)
  • Venue: Riverside Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Location: 800 Youngs Lane Nashville, TN 37207

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8 responses to Sheila Mae Ramsey

  1. Dear Andy, Lynne and Louis, We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom and I were young cousins together until she moved to California at the age of nine. We became closer as the years went by with family reunions and then funerals. She was a real organizer of reunions and full of love and caring. We will all miss her but she will live on in our memories. With lots of love, Cousin Marilyn and Family.

  2. Robin Ramsey says:

    Sheila seems to have always been part of my life, being four years older than me and living as she did when we were children with our grandmother, across the street from my sister, Marilyn, me and our parents, Harold and Mae Ramsey. She was a part not only of most family events but of neighbourhood activities as well. In fact, my closest childhood friend’s aunt was Sheila’s mother. That close contact ended when I was six, and Sheila and our grandmother moved to California. For many years after that, our contacts were infrequent and indirect, but were re-established in recent years as she came regularly to Vancouver to visit her Dad, often staying with us, and she would keep in touch by phone and email, never forgetting my birthday and sending news and pictures of her children and grandchildren, of whom she was extremely proud. She was looking forward to one more trip to Vancouver and another cousins’ reunion, which will take place now only in our hearts and memories.She will be missed by many, and our deepest sympathies go out to her extended family and extensive friendships. Robin and Linda Ramsey and family

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