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Updated: 06/12/2014 08:00:05AM

Grace L. Hartley

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Grace L. Hartley, 78, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

She was born June 30, 1935, in Edmonton, Ky., to James W. and Mabel F. Dean Boston.

At the age of 12, she moved to Carroll County, Ind., with her parents and brother, James Edwin Boston. In 1952, she married Charles Lee Dixon, and lived in Indiana, where she raised her family, until moving to Arcadia in 1976 upon his retirement. They were married for 30 years, until his death in 1982. In 1984, she was married to Paul Hartley, until his death in 2001.

Grace was a nurse’s aide at the mental hospital in Logansport, Ind., working with children for approximately 16 years. She also volunteered as an EMT on the local volunteer ambulance service in Carroll County. Upon moving to Florida, she worked with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office with the ambulance service and as a jailer, until her retirement. Grace was an active member of The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Arcadia.

Grace will be greatly missed by her children, Charles Michael (Linda) Dixon of Punta Gorda, Fla., Steven Russell Dixon of Logansport, Connie Lynn Dixon of Westminster, Colo., and David Keith Dixon of Arcadia. She also leaves a legacy of five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Grace was also greatly loved by the Hartley family, which includes 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and two on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother; and two husbands.

A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home in Arcadia. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.

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