Dixie Rae Anderson | SierraSun.com

Dixie Rae Anderson

Ms. Anderson was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. She lived for several years in Albuquerque New Mexico, before relocating to Northern California, where she studied Music at Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz. Eventually she settled in the San Jose/Campbell area, pursuing a real estate career in partnership at times with her mother, the late Rachel Anderson. Since 2010 she lived in North Lake Tahoe. From about 1999, she managed a portfolio of family real estate holdings. Her father was the late Richard “Dick” Anderson, for whom she was named. Dixie had numerous interests, though certainly none was greater than piano, which she also taught on and off for years. She loved various genres of music, but her passion chiefly focused on jazz piano. She was delightfully proficient, and released a CD of her own compositions, Frozen Moments, herself contributing some vocals, as in the satiric “I Don’t Want to Live in LA”, of 2010. Even in recent years and despite progressive arthritis, she continued to invent and play compositions and explorations of searching, haunting beauty. Over the years Dixie developed a substantial expertise in addiction and recovery. Always loving and understanding, she helped and advised many people with problems of this nature. She was recognized as a proficient contributor in this important field, both in the San Jose and North Tahoe areas. Dixie had been a runner, exerciser, and swimmer since her 20s, and she never let up. Even in her last decades as rheumatoid arthritis was taking a toll, she continued to exercise, perform yoga and chi-gong, and swim two or three times per week. She swam lengths at the Incline Village Olympic pool five days before her death. In this way Dixie maintained remarkable fitness, despite her nearly 20 year battle with scleroderma, a connective tissue disease sometimes called systemic sclerosis. One notable beneficiary of this fitness program is her wonderful border collie, Rosy Rae, generally considered the world’s most loving and serene family pet. Neighbors would recognize Dixie and Rosy rambling around Ridgewood Heights, stalking sticks and tennis balls, usually twice a day. This, like the swimming, continued up until three days prior to her death. The light of her life certainly is her son Dylan, born 1996. He is now studying General Arts and Music in Santa Cruz at Cabrillo College, also his mother’s alma mater. Dixie Anderson is survived by son Dylan Richard Anderson, 18, of Santa Cruz California; Rick Ehler (father of Dylan and his half brothers Alex and Spencer); Partner/friend Dr David Rusen of Los Altos Hills; Susan McKay of Palo Alto, Robert and Vanessa Minshull and family of Campbell, Kristi Teasdale Burnham of Bend Oregon, Mary Kate Franci and Maggi Willoughby of San Jose, Mary Tait of Australia, Patricia and Timothy Pfeiffer of San Jose, Alfred Costanza of Albuquerque New Mexico, and numerous friends in the San Jose and North Tahoe areas through membership in community organizations. Extended families include Buchholz’s of Oklahoma, and Andersons of West Virginia and Kentucky. All those in her very extensive network who knew and loved Dixie were devastated to hear of her unexpected passing. She was a remarkable, bright, funny, generous, and brave woman, full of grace and beauty, adored by her many loving friends who already miss her badly and find the world a slightly dimmer place without her in it. Death came tragically and abruptly Friday, November 14, when complications of a seemingly modest intestinal disorder suddenly led to septicemia.

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