Dixie has volunteered with St. Martha’s Prayer Quilt Ministry for many years. The group makes about 80 prayer quilts per year for those sick and dying in the parish. She has also volunteered for decades in the disabled community with her local school district and the Village Learning Center running a parent group. Each year, Dixie makes a quilt for the Village Learnings Center’s annual gala silent auction which raises funds for the day center.
In early 2016, her husband of 45 years, was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer and was successfully treated in a immunotherapy clinical trial at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas. She is blogging about this cautionary tale which continues to humble.
Dixie married a very funny native-Houstonian and together have three hilarious kids. Her middle child/angel, Mimi, was born with cerebral palsy and is now 33 years old. When her youngest entered the first grade, Dixie, at the age of 40, started attending classes at the local community college. Baking a diploma in a warm oven from scratch, it took five years to complete a two-year degree. Dixie took classes while the kids attended school, studying painful subjects, such as college algebra, biology and British literature while they slept. It was there she discovered her love of writing. After completion of a Mass Communications class, her teacher, and also local newspaper editor, asked Dixie if she could write “funny.” The rest is history.
Dixie Frantz has written “You Gotta Laugh,” a humorous newspaper column, for the past 22 years. Over the years, her columns have appeared in as many as 10 local Houston area newspapers. The columns showcase the funny, amusing and sometimes touching, slices of life from the suburbs. Besides blogging for over five years, her writing credentials also include nearly 450 humorous columns, along with bunches of feature and travel stories for a host of weekly newspapers. She is a “Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrates Teachers” contributor, contributed to “Secrets to Parenting your Adult Child” by Nancy Williams, has written for a national women’s magazine, MD Anderson Cancer Hospital’s blog, and contributed a parent column for a disability website. Her humorous ramblings also appear on several online sites.