She was the daughter of the late Cynthia Beard Dixon and Edward Dixon. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Ann Dixon; and brothers, George and James W. Dixon.
She graduated from Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing in Chattanooga in 1958. She was the director of nursing in Jackson County Hospital in Scottsboro, Ala.; nursing supervisor, DeKalb County Hospital in Fort Payne, Ala.; surgical nurse at Bradley Memorial Hospital; office manager/office nurse for 20 years for Drs. Kyle, Bryan and Jackson and practiced the remaining 10 years of her career with Home Health Care of East Tennessee.
She frequently provided care for elderly citizens in the Michigan Avenue community before home health care became readily available. She was a member of Who’s Who in American Nursing and also a lifelong member of Michigan Avenue Baptist Church. She loved her home, family, flowers and community. She and her husband, Wayland, often golfed with friends.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Wayland Goza, of Cleveland; her daughter, Dee Hendrick and husband, Dr. John Hendrick, of Johnson City; sons: Jay Goza and Bud Goza and wife, Jennifer, all of Cleveland; brothers: Julien “Nig” Dixon and wife, Eva, and Wayne Dixon; sisters: Honey Climer and husband, Lake, Reba Howell and husband, Ken, Mickey Wooten and husband, Chester, Audrey Dixon, and Sandra Gray and husband, Larry; sisters-in-law: Joy Dixon and Hilda and Jack Knap of Miami, Fla.; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. today, May 13, 2013, at Michigan Avenue Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Michigan Avenue Baptist Church Music fund.
To leave a message of condolence and to view the Goza family guest book, please visit www.serenityfunerals.com. Serenity Funeral Home of Cleveland was honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.