Ymelda Chavez Dixon; August 8, 2011 while with her daughter in Madrid, Spain at the age of 97.
Ymelda made the transition from a small town to the nation's capital with the zest for new experiences that she would exhibit throughout her life. After the death of her husband Stanley Miller in 1950, she married George Hall Dixon, whose humor column, "Washington Scene," was carried in more than 300 newspapers.
They traveled the globe and he often wrote about his spirited wife, "Yclept Ymelda." After Dixon died in 1965, Ymelda embarked on her own successful career, writing a column for the women's section of the Washington Star. She never missed a deadline, covering social and diplomatic events, and only retired when the Star folded in 1981. She is survived by her sister, Gloria Chavez Tristani, her daughters, Imelda de Diego of Madrid and Cissie Coy of Washington, D.C., her son-in-law, Wayne Coy, grandchildren Denise, Ismael, Charles, and Imelda, five great-grandchildren, one niece and two nephews and their families. She was a member of the Women's National Democratic Club, the National Press Club, and the Congressional Club.