Dixie Stoffell Bottoms

Born April 23, 1930 in Melbourne, Florida.
Departed on December 5, 2020 in Melbourne, Florida

Dixie Stoffell Bottoms peacefully went to rest and be with her beloved husband Morris who preceded her death. She was 90. She passed away on Saturday, December 5th, 2020 in Melbourne, Florida of natural causes.

Dixie was born in Melbourne, Florida on April 23,1930 to Eva Aretta Turck and Nelson Ray Stoffell. Dixie grew up in downtown Melbourne, Florida. Subsequently met the love of her life Morris Bottoms and was married for 49 prior to his death in May of 2012. She had a sister, and an aunt (Auntie) and her daughter Lorraine (Charlie) that raised her after she lost her parents at a young age. She attended Melbourne High School in downtown Melbourne where she was a majorette. She lived on the property that is now the USPS in downtown Melbourne today. After her marriage she moved to Satellite Beach and had a wonderful life there. Dixie worked at the cape during the Apollo missions as a teletypist and met many astronauts of that era which preceded the great missions of today. She also worked at multiple police department including Satellite Police Department, Indian Harbor Beach Police department and Melbourne Police Department for over 20 years. After retiring from the Melbourne Police Department, she went on to work at the Palm Bay Community Center and Turkey Creek guest center. Dixie taught charm and modeling throughout Brevard County as well for many years and loved her trade of fashion designing of which she designed many beautiful garments and costumes throughout her life. She loved to work and stay busy.

Dixie was a devout Christian Scientist and attended the First Church of Christian Science in downtown Melbourne in her earlier years. She also volunteered her time there to assist in their secretarial needs.

Dixie is survived by her daughter Angie Needham, her grandchildren Cameron Leet and David Needham, great grandchildren Clayton Dean Leet, Amelia Harper Leet, Saylor Grace Needham, and Sienna Rose Needham all who all reside in the Melbourne area. Cousins Dwayne Hopkins and Barry Hopkins and their families from South Florida. Cousin Jerry Holbrook from Syracruse, New York. Buddy and Carol Bottoms and their family of South Carolina. She was predeceased by her late husband Morris Bottoms and her sister. Dixie had many good friends and colleagues along the way, all of which adored her and thought highly of her for she was a good soul and true to all.

Dixie was predeceased by her late husband Morris S. Bottoms back on May 01, 2012, as well as her sister many years ago. She had several dogs that have predeceased her; her beloved Pixie and Perky, her toy Manchester terriers whom she adored.

Services will be Saturday, December 19th 2020 at 1:00 PM at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral home at 1010 E. Palmetto Ave., Melbourne, Florida 32901. Chaplain Derly Foerste of the Pastoral Care at Health First to officiate the service. Reception to be announced. Contact the Brownlie-Maxwell website to leave any condolences.

Dixie led a splendid life and accomplished many things. She had a beautiful soul and a type of charisma which was very charming, and those who knew her understand this greatly. She was sarcastic and witty just as well. Most of all Dixie was a very loving and caring person would have done anything for her family and friends.

Her favorite prayer was The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory; forever.


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Sean Hopkins from Medford, Oregon wrote on December 16, 2020:
Dixie was my aunt, and I only knew her in my childhood before my father Barry moved us out to California. I remember her from Christmas and Holidays with the family at our house on Valkaria Rd. Even as a young child I could see a special light in her. She always treated us well and with love. I remember she was always dressed in something lovely. RIP Dixie.
Barry Hopkins from Hove Sound, Florida wrote on December 16, 2020:
She was like an older sister to myself my brother Duane. She will be missed. I know she is in a beautiful place and reunited with her husband Morris.
Brookdale from West Melbourne wrote on December 16, 2020:
We all wish to express our Sympathy to the family. We loved Dixie and she was a big part of our lives here at Brookdale. All the staff thought the world of her and she will be truly missed and remember in our hearts. god bless
Bobby Pittman from Malabar Fl wrote on December 15, 2020:
RIP Mrs.Dixie
Jim Reynolds from Melbourne wrote on December 13, 2020:
I was saddened to see Dixie had passed but she certainly had a long and fruitful life. I worked with Dixie at Melbourne PD. She was a fountain of knowledge of old Melbourne and Eau Gallie. She knew where everything was, including where the bodies were buried, and I don't mean the cemeteries. My condolences to her family. I have shared her obituary with our Facebook group of Retired and Former Officers. Rest in Peace, Dixie.
Rita Hopkins from Columbus, Ohio wrote on December 13, 2020:
Rita Hopkins

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