Dixie Chantler

Dixie Chantler passed away Jan. 31, 2017. A Ridgecrest resident since 1973, she had friends throughout the Indian Wells Valley.

Volunteering her time over the years to the Sheriff’s Senior Volunteers, the Alta One Federal Credit Union board, the Ridgecrest Hospital board, the Cerro Coso Community College board, St. Ann’s and the All Faith Chapel, she was always willing and able to lend a hand and an opinion when needed.

Dedicated to her family and friends, she always enjoyed the company of others over coffee, a good meal or a glass of wine.

In the tradition of her mother and grandmother, Alice Carney, everyone was welcomed as family.

Dixie was born Feb. 18, 1939, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Joe and Juanita Lewis of Buttonwillow.

She graduated from Bakersfield High School and California State University, Bakersfield. Dixie worked for Kern County for many years and 18 years with Child Protective Services.

She is preceded in death by her husband Gordon Chantler in 2000 and sister Patricia Falletti in 2016.

She is survived by her partner Jim Smith; son Tim (Sandy) Chantler; stepdaughters Carolyn (Jim) Sweany and Marilyn Vautour; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

— Submitted by the family of Dixie Chantler

Story First Published: 2017-02-17