Dixie C. Gerdes, 74, of Elizabethton, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at her residence, following an extended illness.
She was born in Montezuma, Ind., to the late Timothy and Roberta Mae Newell Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Smith, and two grandchildren, Adam Bentley and Stephanie Clark.
Mrs. Gerdes was a retired administrative assistant from Local #538 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. She was a member and past officer for both the Carter County Democratic Party and the Upper East TN Labor Council. She was the past vice president of TN A.F.L.C.I.O. and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Gerdes, of the home; two daughters, Donetta Contreras, Bonita Springs, Fla., and Carolyn Church, Elizabethton; three sons, Timothy Bentley, Stephen Bentley and Larry Bentley, all of Elizabethton; a brother, Rick Smith, Indianapolis, Ind.; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The Celebration of Life service for Mrs. Gerdes will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Dr. Joe Sorah officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Amedysis Hospice for their loving care to Mrs. Gerdes during her illness. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Gerdes family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.