Dixie Lee Sichting, 81, passed on Nov. 3, 2021 at home with her family by her side. She was born February 4, 1940 to William and Ruth Smith and raised in Libby along with one sister and five brothers and attended Libby Public Schools. She met the love of her life, and high school sweetheart, Fred Sichting, Sr. and they married in 1957. They had 50 wonderful years together.
Throughout their marriage they hiked, camped, rode snowmobiles, danced, and enjoyed life. They were happiest when they were together and even happier when other family and friends joined in. She enjoyed her family and each one was unique and special to her. Together they ventured into owning and operating a meat shop that grew into BBQing and catering. She enjoyed working on the election and volunteered in the hospital gift shop and with her class reunions. She remained friends with her classmates and always looked forward to her class reunions.
Her hobbies included bowling, puzzles, knitting, crocheting and traveling. She loved spending time with her 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Sleepovers at grandpa and grandma’s were special. She loved the color red, hummingbirds, turtles, and frogs.
She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Sichting Sr, a daughter Merinda Sichting, her parents William and Ruth Smith, a brother Bill Smith, and stepfather Mel Hemesoette.
She leaves behind 4 children, Donna (Jim) O'Neil; Jackie (Brad) Jones of Libby; and a son, Fred (Kim) Sichting, Jr. all of Libby; Diane (John) Kyes of Washington; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; a sister Kay Klatt and 4 brothers Jerry (Linda) Smith; Dave (Penny) Smith; George (Norma) Smith; Robert (Joanne) Smith and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held with family and friends at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the City of Libby Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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