Mary Belle "Dollie" Dix  
Mary Belle "Dollie" Dix


 
Born:  06/14/1871 (Union Springs/Midway/Pine Grove AL?)
Died:  12/20/1901 (Montgomery, AL)
Buried in Oakwood Cemetery East with her brother, Alexander Franklin Dix Jr. (known as "Allie"), and their parents.


Photo submitted by Ed Sproles

Dollie as a young girl
This photo is labeled "Dollie Dix" on the back, and it certainly looks like her.


Photo submitted by Mike and Caroline Lyon

Same as above but a better image


Dollie at the easel
Photo submitted by Ed Sproles


This floral pastel, drawn by Dollie Dix (signed in the lower left corner) which is similar to the ones on the easels in the photo above, was passed down to me from my grandmother, Ruth Dix Whigham.  I had to photograph the picture at this oblique angle to avoid glare from the glass in the frame.  I didn't want to risk trying to remove the picture from the frame or glass. RDW

 

Image submitted by Ed Sproles

Dollie's drawing (charcoal or pastel) of two cats and a dog. Ed writes:

I tried to photograph a drawing that we have by Dollie, the result is attached.  the drawing is in very bad shape.  The white areas are places where the paper has been eaten away by insects.  Her signature is clearly visible in the lower right.

 
Photo submitted by Frances Dix Chapman

Mary Belle "Dollie" Dix


This photograph of Dollie was made between 1900 and 1901, shortly before she died.  Written on the back of this photo, in what looks like the hand of Mavis Whigham, is:
"Lawrence Street at High Street in Montgomery.  Nellie Beach and Alexander Franklin Dix lived here before building a home on Finley Ave.  'Aunt Dollie' was the sister of Albert Sidney (Bert) Dix.  The High School faced west on Lawrence Street, the present site of the Montgomery Public Library"


The lettering on the school across the street reads: CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

This house is no longer there, but this would have been the south side of 206 High Street.  The photographer is facing northwest. 

I remember going into the building that was the school.  It was later used as the Montgomery Museum.  On visits there in the 1950's, I recall being amused that it was spelled "MVSEVM".  RDW
 


 
 
The following newspaper articles and letter were copied from the scrapbook that Nellie Beach Dix kept. It has been passed down from Nellie to her son, Paul Finch Dix; from Paul and his wife, Vernon, to their daughter, Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles; and now is in the safe keeping of Ed Sproles Jr., Mary Vernon's son. Ed has copied or scanned each of the items below and sent the articles to me. 

The writing style a century ago, was quite different from today's.  While I found many of the sentences awkward and difficult to read, I tried to copy verbatim except for an occasional word that was misspelled by today's conventions. 

The column widths and words per line in the facsimile below, are only approximations of the originals.


 
For the Alabama Baptist

Another Young Life Given to 
Mission Work
-------

   On Sunday evening February 18, at the First Baptist Church in this city, an affecting farewell service was held.  Dr. Eager preached from the text, “And verily I say unto you, wherever the gospel shall be preached thorough out the whole world that also which also this woman hath done, shall be spoken of for a memoriam of her.”

  At the conclusion, he told briefly of the decision of Miss “Dollie” Dix, to devote the remainder of her life to mission work among the Chinese in California, and called on Miss Dix for any words of farewell she might desire to speak. 

  The young lady came forward and with perfect confidence and great tenderness, spoke of her love for the people of God, here that she was about to leave and of the growth of the missionary impulse and conviction that were carrying her far away to labor for the Master – to win souls for Him, in distant California.  She concluded with a most appropriate passage from the letter of the Great Missionary to the Gentiles containing the words,  “For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”  It was most effective and affecting.  Then opportunity was given the good byes were said and soon the brave young girl was borne away to her chosen field of labor at Fresno California.

  Miss Mary Belle Dix so generally know as “Miss Dollie,” was born in Midway Ala. , June 14, 1871.  She was baptized at Union Springs in 1884 by Rev. J.S. Dill.  She was graduated from Cox College , LaGrange Ga., in 1889.  From that time until 1896 she engaged in teaching.  Her health failed and she joined her relatives in Montgomery, becoming a member of the First Baptist Church.  Soon her strength was somewhat renewed and she became an active and useful worker in the church, Sunday School, and the Young Peoples Union, and, latterly especially among the Chinese of Montgomery.  No one in this church made his or her life count for more according to opportunity than she did.  The story of her conversion, her consecration to this work, and her gradual preparation for it is full of interest.

  From very early life she cherished a desire to become a missionary to the Chinese.  This was due largely under God, to her association with Miss Sallie E. Stein, who boarded in the home of Rev. A. F. Dix when she was a pupil at Mary Sharpe College, Winchester Tenn.  Prof. Dix then had the chair of Greek and Latin in that institution.  Miss Stein was even then an ardent missionary in spirit and finally received appointment as a missionary to Canton, China, while an inmate of Prof. Dix’s home.  She sailed with Rev. E.Z. Simmons and wife, it will be remembered, in 1879, leaving her widowed mother in the care of her brothers.  After ten years work in China under the Southern Board, Miss Stein was called home by the death of her brother.  Later she received an appointment from a Northern Board and went to Fresno, Cali- fornia, to labor among the Chinese

there, taking her mother with her.  During all these years Miss Dix kept up correspondence with Miss Stein, which had no little to do toward forming the decision which at last led her to join the friend of her childhood in that distant field.  She goes, not as an appointee of any board, but as a volunteer in the Master’s service, depending on the free will offerings of friends and loved ones who sympathize with her pure aims and brave venture for her support.

   Miss Dollie dates her conversion back to her tenth year.  There is a story of peculiar interest and pathos told about it, illustrative of the mysterious ways in which God works “His wonders to perform.”  The family were living at the time in Stevenson, Ala., a seemingly “God-forsaken town.”  There was no regular preaching there.  A letter came from a volunteer evangelist making an appointment for a meeting there – a young man who had seen the methods of some famous evangelist elsewhere and wanted to try them there.  He came, tried all the new ways, made no impression, as it seemed, and gave the town up.  On the last night he asked all who had been benefited to raise the hand.  One little hand was raised –  it was little Dollie’s.  “I was a busy woman in those days, “says the mother – “had nine children of my own at home, half a dozen boarders, and was teaching in the primary department of the college of which Mr. Dix had charge – much of the time I even had no servant.  I was veritable Martha, wondering why the evangelist came there and why nothing was accomplished, and paying no heed that my little Mary had ‘chosen the good part’!  How short-sighted we are, and how far God sees!”

   Are there not many to whom this touching and inspiring story will come with kindling power and who will remember sympathetically and prayerfully the “little Mary” of this devoted Mother and Godly father “the good part” she has chosen – the work of imparting the word of life to these benighted children of the Orient whom God has brought to our shores?

Geo. B. Eager , Her Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Submitted by Ed Sproles
Transcribed by Russell Dix Whigham



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes on the preceding article:

1)  In the passage above that contains the words "appointment from a Northern Board and went to Fresno, Cali-fornia to labor among the Chinese there,” the page was torn on one side and along the bottom.  Ed and I inferred the letters in red, based on the preceding lines and the bits and pieces of words that are readable.  I think the "Boards", refer to the Southern and Northern Baptist mission boards.  RDW

2)  There is no date with this article, but I found a link to a page about the  “Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1897 in Montgomery” http://www.mindspring.com/~mchs/herald/yelfev.htm in which Dr. George B. Eager is mentioned.  Dollie is listed in the 1898 Montgomery City Directory, but not the 1899 directory.  Checking a perpetual calendar, http://www.wiskit.com/calendar.html , I found that February 18, fell on a Sunday, in 1900.  In another article below, “The End or the Beginning?”, has a reference to the article above, and mentions the Alabama Baptist issue date of March 1, 1900.   RDW 


 
The following is a transcription of a letter from Dollie to her father, Alexander Franklin Dix, while she was serving as a missionary, in California.  The original is from Nellie's scrapbook. Images of Dollie's eight-page, hand-written letter with transcriptions are at:   mbd-lett.htm .  Below is the text of the letter:

 
 
Baptist Chinese Mission
Fresno, Cal.
June 19,1900

My dear Papa,

My conscience hurts me for not writing to you last week as I had promised myself and wrote Mama I would do.  But I let one thing and another put it off till Sat. night, because we have no school or prayer meeting that night and I am usually lonesome and at a loss as how to spend the evening.  Sat. afternoon (from the selfish wish to escape the loneliness here) I went visiting, first in Chinatown, where I was given my supper (crackers, salmon, apricot pie, cake, apricots, and such delicious tea , which I drank with a China spoon) and entertained part of the time by the children’s singing “At the Cross” and “I Will Follow Jesus”, right before the idol shelf where a taper was burning constantly.

Then I went to the Cloyds, who buried their sweet baby last Sunday, and found there a site characteristic of this country – a family camping in the corral, (Mr. Cloyd keeps a horse feed and sale stable) who had come all the way from Phoenix, Arizona, and thirteen fine horses and mules with them; were going to settle in Hanford.

Then I came home, thinking “Now I’ll start my letter”.  As I drew near I saw there was some commotion, even the neighbors staring at the mission and did not wonder when I found Miss Stein, trying to ride a wheel with Chin Sing to help her.  She wanted us all to stay in sight for propriety’s sake.  So I watched her and Lota till after eight, when Chin Sing went home leaving the wheel in the school room.

That was too much temptation for Mrs. Schonecke and me; so we tried to learn to mount in the school room and wasted an hour at it.  The wheel is to stay here all the week and I should like to ride, but have no one to teach me.  Chin Sing will teach Miss Stein while I teach, evenings.  If we dressed like Chinese women, it would be easier to learn.

Miss Stein has often asked me to tell you about our prayer meetings, because as a general thing, each one present takes some part in the meeting. As I was accustomed to that, or at least to its being understood to be desirable, in our young peoples meetings, it did not strike me as being as wonderful as she thought it would, so I have forgotten to write of it.  Then the inordinate conceit of each Chinaman makes it easier for him to talk.  To my mind the good of it all depends on what they say and the spirit in which they say it; and of that I cannot judge, because I do not understand them.

And I seem no nearer to understanding the language than I was three months ago.  I summoned courage to ask Miss Stein for her dictionary the other day, and after the worry of finding it and the cautions concerning its use which had prevented my asking for it sooner.  I got it , and in spite of her assurance that I could not learn to use it without help, have found the characters for the first two verses of the 14th of John.  I got the boys to pronounce them for me.  I have little heart to study though because of the lack of competent direction and the fear of learning wrong so as to make it the harder for me when I have a chance to learn aright.  But this, too, is in the Lord’s hands and I will try to use the means at hand, hoping He will give larger opportunities in good time.

Your paper about the salvation of the heathen, was read with much interest.  Is there any way to determine what the word “perish” means , as used in Rom. 2-12?  And what did Jesus mean when He said  “If ye were blind ye should have no sin”. John 9:41.  As anyone, who was not an imbecile, truly “blind”?  If any are, surely, the poor, uneducated, among the Chinese, are so!  I thought of that verse Sat. afternoon when that Chinese woman was clapping her hands while her children sang “I Would Follow Jesus” (Salvation Army teaching) , with that idol in sight.  She says she believes in Jesus, but believes the idols too!  And will not give them up though her husband and children wish to.

Certainly our duty is plain, to obey the Lord’s command; but it makes my blood run cold to present the light and have it refused.

I am not sure that I understand to what you refer in your letter as “the establishment of (Christ’s) reign over the lives, activities, and fortunes of men.”  Do you mean that nations will keep their present modes of government after Christ’s coming, except that they will be gradually purged from wickedness?  Or do you think this purging will be accomplished under the administration of the Sprit before Christ’s coming?

And in speaking of the several orders of being “present at the transfiguration” do you include the three apostles?  Should Moses and Elias be considered different “orders”?  If so, in what’s the difference?  That one died, while the other was translated?  And how should that affect their condition?

I hope you will write as fully to me on subjects as the “flowing of the ink” will possibly allow; for here I have little to stimulate thought, and almost nothing to gain information from. ( I hear a fire bell; it rings nearly every day now, since it’s so dry.  The fire department must be efficient as I never hear of the fire so suppose they are not serious.)

The only thoughtful educated person I have met in this neighborhood is old Mr. Cooper, who is a Spiritualist.  He is from Boston, as I imagine I should have guessed if no one had told me.  I have had only one extended conversation with him.

I am sorry if I gave up the creosote too soon – a month after I reached here seemed a long time to me.  I still crave it sometimes after eating (feel the need of its aid to digestion) but otherwise do not miss it.  Soon after receiving your last letter, Mr. Schonecke got me ½ gal. port wine (for 25 cts) and I have taken nearly a quart; take it about ten in the morning.  I got port because the doctors had ordered it for several “run down” ladies here, so I supposed it would be best for me.  I know you would  prefer a sour wine, but I do not need acids as you do.  My blood is thin enough!   I getting along very well “baching”, but fear I’ll never be Yankee enough to really prefer it as women here do.  Since the chance for a mountain trip this summer includes cooking for myself, it is well I have this experience now.  I should like for many reasons to try the mountains; but can stay here independently if the money for the trip is hard to get.  I wish I could send you some apricots; they are fine now.  They have no taste of a peach to me now.  The only ripe peaches for about two weeks yet are the tasteless varieties.

If you have cause to be glad of association with Dr. Eager, how much more have I!  May God bless him in every way.

I received a nice letter from cousin A. Dix Liddle last week, asking for information about this mission for his, the Des Moines B.Y.P.U.

I’ve written a long letter as usual!

Your loving daughter,

Dollie 
 

Submitted by Ed Sproles
Transcribed by Russell Dix Whigham


Notes, comments, and observations by Rusty and Ed, on Dollie's letter:
Then I went to the Cloyds,... 
RDW:  Is this right?  I've never heard this name before.  I thought at first she meant "Lloyd" , but the leading letter in the name matches the "C" in Chinese.
ESS:  Although the name sounds unusual, i think that its the best guess.  The letter in question matches the C in Certainly later in the letter, and does not match the L in Lord. 
... trying to ride a wheel...
RDW:  Could this be a bicycle or a penny-farthing?
ESS:  Bicycle was my guess also.
If we dressed like Chinese women,... 
RDW:  Does she mean, wearing pants?
ESS:  Sounds like a reasonable interpretation.
And I seem no nearer to understanding the language than I was three months ago. [March, 1900]
RDW:  Would this be when she arrived there?
ESS:  Don't know, we may be able to turn up some info from one of the articles about her service.  It does indicate that she was in California at least 3 months before the date of the letter. 
I am sorry if I gave up the creosote too soon ... 
RDW:  I mean to see if I can find out if this was a common home remedy.
ESS:  Sounds like a risky cure--I think that creosote is now considered a carcinogen
... I have taken nearly a quart [of port wine]; take it about ten in the morning
RDW:  Obviously taking St. Paul's admonition in I Timothy, 5:23, to heart.  ;-) 
ESS:  And drinking before noon! 
I received a nice letter from cousin A. Dix Liddle...
RDW:  Do we know who this is?  I don't, we should keep our eyes open for this name. 
ESS:  Since Daniel was buried in Iowa, probably one of is decendants??
RDW:  I found Adelaide [Dix?] Liddle (08/04/1844 - 03/27/1914), on the big "Dix Genealogy" chart, just to the right (but on a different branch) of Nellie Beach.  It looks like she was the daughter of AFD's father, Daniel, and his second wife, Frances Maria Reynolds.

 
 
 
Alice Newman Shannon wrote:
In Moma Nelle's things, I found an old letter she had saved.  It was postmarked "Aug. 25, 1900, Glennville, Cal" and addressed to "Misses Nellie and Ruth Dix, Knoxville, Georgia."  The letter is from "Aunt Dollie".  Among other things, Dollie writes that she is "anxious to hear how you like your new home.  I know you miss your Butler playmates...".

I think this could mean that the ASD family moved from Butler to Knoxville, Ga. (not Perry?) sometime in 1900. This could also mean that Will Allie was born in Knoxville???


 
Martha Whigham Picardy, on September 26, 2001, found the book The First 150 Years, Montgomery's First Baptist Church, 1829-1979 by Lee N. Allen.  Under the chapter of  "Licenses and Ordinations", on page 149, Martha found the following passage:

In the latter years of the nineteenth century several members of the church were called into vocational Christian service and were licensed or ordained, or both, by First Baptist. Mary Belle Dix, better known as Dollie, departed in February 1918* to work among the Chinese of California as a missionary. The daughter of the Rev. A. F. Dix, a New York-born minister and educator who had retired and moved to Montgomery, she had become a member of the church in 1896. She served as her brothers had in Sunday School and BYPU [Baptist Young Peoples Union]. Always of frail constitution, she died shortly after leaving. 

* Since Dollie died in 1901, this 1918 date is obviously wrong.  We now know that it should be 1900. 

 To the right (north) is the broken gravestone of  Alexander Franklin Dix Jr."Allie" and his sister, Mary Belle "Dollie" Dix.



 

Alexander Franklin Dix Jr.
Son Of
Rev A F & Nellie Beach Dix
Aug 20 1874 - Sept.13, 1899
 

Faithful unto death



Mary Belle Dix
"Our Dollie"
Daughter of
A.F. & N.B. Dix

Born
June 14 1871
Died
Dec 20 1901
Thy Will Be Done
 

 


 
The missing letters in the inscription on the gravestone (shown in red above) are due to a broken and missing pieces of the marble slab.  The records at the cemetery office list the middle initial for Mary as F .

The names Dollie and Allie engraved in the corners of the cement border around the marble marker. 

Martha Picardy found a book at the Samford University Library titled "The First 150 Years of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery".  In it was a reference  to "Mary Belle Dix (Dollie), daughter of Alexander Franklin Dix Sr."  I had incorrectly assumed that the "Mary" buried with Alexander Franklin Dix Jr., was his wife (we never found anything on AFD Jr.'s wife).  Martha also found in the Alabama State Archives microfilm, under "Dix" and "Clippings", the inscription from the gravestone above with the missing segments.  Thanks to Martha for making this connection!

During a telephone conversation with Charles Cousins, one of "Dimple's" descendants, he recalled that "Dollie" had married  a Mr. McRae who joined the Merchant Marine.  We'd never heard this before!!!??? This apparent conflict was resolved when we learned from Annie Goulding Dix Meiers (99 years old and the sole surviving child of Lell and Annie Stakely Dix), that Lell's second daughter's name and nickname being the same as Lell's sister, Mary Belle "Dollie" Dix.    We now realize that Charles was speaking of Lell's daughter -- NOT his sister, who we knew died as a young woman, and had never married.


 
 
 
In Memoriam Dollie Dix

The following newspaper articles and obituaries were copied from Nellie's scrapbook.    Submited by Ed Sproles  Transcribed by Russell Dix Whigham, January 26, 2003. Again, the column widths and words per line are only approximations of the originals.
 

MISS DOLLIE DIX DIES

DAUGHTER OF REV. AND MRS. A.F. DIX
______

She was an Earnest Christian and
 had been a Missionary Among
 Chinese of Southern 
California
______

Miss Dollie Dix, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. A.F. Dix died at the family residence 200 High Street, at 9:40 last night.

Miss Dix had been in ill health for a long time and in a critical condition for the past week.  Her death, while not unexpected, nevertheless will cause great sorrow among a wide circle of friends in Montgomery.

The untimely end of this young life is particularly sad.  It was a life devoted to Christian work; a life of self-sacrifice and earnest devotion, for Miss Dix was a sincere Christian.

She came to Montgomery some years ago with her parents from Bullock County and associated herself with the First Baptist Church and for many years was a most consistent member and devoted worker in that church.  She had charge of the Junior Baptist Young Peoples Union and of the Sunbeam Society.  Later, Miss Dix felt that a better field for work for her was a missionary among the Chinese in the West.

A farewell meeting was tendered her at the First Baptist Church  and she left Montgomery for her new work among the Chinese in Southern California.  For months she labored there and by her efforts secured many converts to Christianity.  Her health failed and several months ago she returned from the West and has since resided with her parents on High Street.

During the past two months when her health had failed rapidly, she bore her affliction without a murmur. 

Miss Dix was a sister of L.D. Dix, General Secretary of the Young Men’s Christian Association, Paul F. Dix, T.M. Dix of Montgomery, Philo C. Dix, Secretary of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Henderson Ky.,  and another brother who resides in Georgia.

The funeral arrangements will be announced later.
 

 

Death of Miss Dollie Dix

The Montgomery Advertiser of December 21, brought here the sad news of the death of Miss Dollie Dix.  It was on the morning of the 20th that Miss Dix died, after a long suffering.  She was nowhere better known than here, for this city is where her father Rev. A.F. Dix, taught for so many years and this county was his home for many more years.  Miss Dollie was a favorite among her associates during her girlhood, and she grew into womanhood with the same characteristics which marked her course in former days.  After moving to Montgomery, she took a most prominent stand in all church and religious circles, and was recognized as one of the purest Christian characters of that community.   While engaged in Christian work there, she felt she could be more useful to the noble cause by going to California as a missionary among the Chinese residence of that locality, and she went, but failing health made it necessary that she give up this work, and return to Alabama.  She remained in Montgomery, continuing to do good during her last days.  It was not long since that she spent some time with her sister, Mrs. J. Hall, at Pine Grove, in this county.  The sad news saddened many hearts here. 
 

Note:  Is this from the 
Union Springs Newspaper, 1901?



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Special Notices.
Funeral Notice

Dix – The friends of Miss Dollie Dix,  Rev. and Mrs. A.F. Dix, Rev. and Mrs. A.S. Dix, Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Dix, P.F. Dix, P.C. Dix, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Hall, and T.M. Dix, are invited to attend the funeral of the first-named from the First Baptist Church  this (Sunday) afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Note:  The original has a typographical 
error that reads "Rev. and Mrs. H.F. Dix,"


























 


 
Alabama Baptist

The End or the Beginning?
----------
   In the Alabama Baptist of March 1st 1900, there appeared an account of the going of Mary Belle Dix, familiarly known as “Dollie” –  to California as a volunteer missionary to the Chinese at Fresno.  Whatever may have been in the mind of her friends health-seeking was not in her mind, but a desire to prepare herself for more efficient work among the Chinese by learning their home ways and their language.  She taught in the mission school, the little ones in the morning, and the men in the evening, and secured a Christian Chinaman as a teacher.  Miss Stein wrote of her, “You ought to see her in the school room, she is wholly transformed, her weakness all gone she is full of life and power.

   The school closed in July, and the heart of Fresno being intense, she sought the mountains in Kern County, where the Lord gave her the kindest of friends in the family of Mr. Henry Bohna.  With rest and the mountain air she has improved somewhat and with returning strength, she sought to devote it to the Master’s work.  But her efforts to find a place to work with other missionaries failed.  So great was their dread of her disease though she asked only opportunity to work and companionship, it was denied her, and she was not strong enough to live and work alone.

   From the cold of the mountain air she went to El Modena near Los Angles, still hoping for an opportunity to work for Jesus.  There the disease seemed to rally its forces, and realizing that she was loosing ground, she went to a physician in Los Angeles, a wise and good man, who kindly but plainly told her the truth that she would never be able to do missionary work.  Only she and her God know the struggle and the pain of giving up all her cherished plans, but His grace was sufficient for her, the victory was won and the resignation to God’s will complete.  She came home the last of April cheerful and happy.  She said “It has been a hard struggle, but I wish I had the power to express my peace and joy, I am so happy, yet I am seldom able to speak of it.”  For some time it seemed that she would soon leave us, but she rallied a little and went to sister’s in the country the last of June.  She spoke often of her work at Fresno.  “Oh  those blessed five months work for the Master” she said, “how I did enjoy them.  As soon as I feel better, I shall write a personal letter to each one who contributed to my support and tell them how blessed it was!  And to think the money sent me just paid my expenses for those five months!”  But the strength to carry out her purpose never came.  May the Lord bless each one who thus did the Lord’s work through her.

   She came home from the country in October cheerful and happy as ever.  She had but one dread, that of long suffering and confinement to her bed. The Lord was merciful.  She was confined to her bed barely a week, and suffered no pain.  The incoherency of fever deprived us the last sweet message.  She went to sleep peacefully 12 pm December 20, slept quietly until about 8:30pm when without a struggle, she awoke in glory.  Was it the end or the beginning of her work for Jesus? 

December 28, 1901
 

Note:
In the passage "and the heart of Fresno being intense",  I think heart should read heat, as it is in the following article.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

MARY BELLE DIX

Died , at Montgomery Ala., December 20, 1901.  Mary Belle Dix, daughter Rev. Alex F. and Nellie Beach Dix, after years of patient suffering, caused by long trouble.  The funeral services at the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, were conducted by the Rev. C. A. Stakely, who spoke feelingly of the life and character of the deceased.  There was a large audience.  The Sunbeams attended in a body, Miss Dix having formerly been in charge of the work of that organization.  The weekly calendar of the church says:  “The death of Miss Dix brings sadness to all our hearts.  Hers was a singularly beautiful Christian life.  The sympathy of the whole community goes out to Mr. Dix and his family.”  The floral offerings were numerous, and among them one from a Chinaman that she had taught, whoes pathetic “Me so solly!  Me so solly!” touched all hearts.  Rev. Albert S. Dix of Georgia, and Philo C. Dix, Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. at Henderson, Ky., brothers of Miss Dix, came to attend the funeral.  The following are extracts from the Alabama Baptist of March 1, 1901:  “Mary Belle Dix, familiarly known as “Dollie,” went  to California as a volunteer missionary to the Chinese at Fresno.  There she taught in the mission school and studied the Chinese language out of school.  The principal wrote, “You ought to see her in the school room. She is wholly transformed, her weakness all gone, she is full of life and power.”

After the close of school in July, the heat of Fresno being intense, she sought the mountains in Kern County. Later from the cold of the mountains she went to El Modena, still hoping to work for Jesus.  There, she grew worse and went to a physician in Los Angeles, who kindly, but plainly told her she would never be able to do missionary work.  She returned home in April cheerful and happy.  She said, “It has been a hard struggle, (giving up all her cherrished planns) but I wish I had the power to express my peace and joy. I am so happy, yet am seldom able to speak of it.”   She spoke often of her work at Fresno.  “Oh,  those blessed five months!” she said.

She went to sister’s in the country in June and came home in October, cheerful and happy as ever.  She had but one dread, that of being a care to others. The Lord was merciful.  She was confined to her bed barely a week.  She went to sleep peacefully 12 pm December 20, slept quietly until 8:30pm when she awoke in glory. 

Miss Dix was a neice of Miss M. M. Beach of this village and will be well remembered by friends in this town, as she visited here a number of years ago.

Amherst Bee, N. Y.
Jan 30 - 1902

 

Note: 
1)  The original has a typographical error that reads: "Philo O. Dix"
2)  Much of this was taken verbatim from the previous Alabama Baptist article, dated Dec.28,1901.
3)  The name of the newspaper "Amherst Bee, N. Y., Jan 30 - 1902" in written at the bottom.
4)  In the original, it looks like someone changed March 1, 1901 to "Jan 1, 1902" (see note 2)..