In a small town about an hour west of Peoria is a community rich with tradition, charity and love.
Friday, a local family kept the legacy of their Grandma Dixie alive, after she passed away just two weeks ago on May 25, 2019.
People in Abingdon knew Dixie Quinn as Grandma Dixie. She always made sure kids had full bellies. Friday, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren carried on her legacy in the best way they knew how.
“We’re giving other people stuff like Grandma Dixie did,” said Kennedy Quinn, 10-years-old great-granddaughter. “So we’re kind of like taking over what she did and keeping it going.”
The saying goes that ‘happiness is a full belly.’ From heartache, like the loss of Grandma Dixie, comes acceptance and growth. In a city of about 3,000 people, those who aren’t actually related to Grandma Dixie were still connected to her through her compassion for others.
“She was a figure that everyone looked up to everyone could go to if they needed anything,” said high school quarterback Lukas Tinham. “She always helped out everyone.”
Friday in Abingdon, Grandma Dixie’s great-grandchildren offered sweets, treats and lemonade at the Tompkins State Bank located at 204 N Monroe Street.
They didn’t offer the goodies for a price. Rather, for a donation, which would be given to Grandma Dixie’s favorite local charity, Feed My Lambs.
“They’re doing something in her memory that she would be so proud of,” said Molly Quinn, Granddaughter. “It’s pretty awesome and super emotional to see something come together for her.”
The message the Quinn family is spreading resonates all across Central Illinois.
“If you have the ability to give to someone in need, then you should do that,” said Quinn.
The kids raised over $900 Friday. Andrea Quinn said the kids will set up and take donations on Saturday at Dixie Quinn’s celebration of life.
That’s being held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Abingdon American Legion Post 381, 546 Illinois Route 41, Abingdon.