CAROLINE CROSSROADS Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.
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R.I.P. Dixie Belle Mouser

Hello Caroline Crossroad readers,

I just happened to read through the obituaries and I am deeply saddened to have read the name of one of the first people I met when I started to cover Caroline County–Mrs. Dixie Belle Mouser.

I met Dixie and her husband Troy in February 2009. I remember because I would see them everywhere. They would attend every school board meeting, every board of supervisor meeting and i even saw them at a donkey basketball game.

I remember her walking up to the press table at a supervisor meeting and introducing herself. She had the best smile and a great personality. I was like being tickeled when you talked to her because she was so pleasant and funny. And her and Troy were so cute together. I remember reading a blurb in the paper about how they spent their 50th wedding anniversary.

She and Troy were ‘come-heres’ from Northern Virginia and didn’t have any children living in Caroline, so I asked them why they attended all the school and county government meetings. She said she thought it was important to get involved in  the community you lived in and she wanted to encourage all county residents–through the Ruritan Club–to get informed and get involved.

When a few meetings went by and I hadn’t seen the couple at any meetings, I looked up her number and called them at home. She said they had went out of tow to visit their daughter, and Troy had been sick. Soon she started coming to the meetings by herself.

I thought Dixie was one of those people in the community that you should know–so I wrote a profile piece on her for the 2010 edition of Guide to Living. In that profile, she said her favorite hobby was reading, and she told me how important literacy was. I agreed and told her that reading was one of my favorite hobbies too.

I hadn’t seen Dixie for awhile at any of the local meetings, but I figured they were traveling…I wish I had called. :(

Rest in peace Dixie Belle Mouser. Caroline just lost a treasure.

Dixie Belle Mouser

Date published: 2/5/2011

Dixie Belle Mouser

Dixie Belle Mouser, 72, of Bowling Green died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in St. Mary’s Hospital after a long courageous battle.

She had retired as a civil servant at Fort Belvoir and in recent years worked as a teacher’s aide at Bowling Green Primary. Active in her community, she was a member of Salem Baptist Church, past president of the Sparta Ruritan Club and current secretary of the Caroline Republican Party.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Troy Mouser; a son, Troy L. Mouser and his wife, Gail, of Texas; a daughter, Penny Thomas and her husband, Chris, of Norfolk; three sisters, Grace Oakley, Libby Hazelwood and Gwendolyn Martin, all of South Boston; and two grandchildren, Camden and Nicholas. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ann Seat.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at Salem Baptist Church, Sparta.

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