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Lora Imogene Dixon Cave

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Lora Imogene Dixon Cave, 80, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Sonora, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at her home.

She was born Oct. 25, 1931, the only child of the late Elmer and Mabel Dixon. She married at the age of 16 to Rondell Cave and they had four children, Karen Mahaffey (Paul Schroeder), Jerry Cave (Debbie), Lora Wade (Jeff) and Ted Alan Cave.

“She was a precious Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma, who loved and treasured her family, her friends, her church and her Lord. As a devoted young Mother, she made sure her kids were dressed in their Sunday best and always took them to Sunday school and church. She guided them by example and supported their interests and was always willing to help in any way.”

Imogene and Rondell (Pop) had to experience one of the worst things ever as parents, the loss of a child, when Ted died at the age of 22 on April 1, 1980.

Before Rondell (Pop) died on March 28, 1993, they got to blissfully experience six wonderful grandchildren, Jason Mahaffey (Angel), Draper Cave, Andy Wade, Jenifer Mahaffey George (Andy), Alana Wade Hackle (Wesley), and Tosha Cave. Then the seven great-grandkids came along and brought such joy, Ocean, Micah, Ava, Max, Carter, Jesse and Lola.

Things loved by this wonderful woman included photos and memories, puppies Gizmo and Little Dog, time with friends, visits from the preacher, her computer (email and Facebook), taking lots of pictures, the grandkids getting married and having babies, but most of all having her family together.

“Life lessons we learned from her: be kind, be a good listener, don’t judge, find something to be thankful for, put God at the center of your life and treasure your family. She will be deeply missed and forever remembered and loved.”

A celebration of her life was held Monday at First Baptist Church of Sonora with the Rev. Tony Carson officiating. Burial will follow in Sonora Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Manakee Funeral Home in Elizabethtown handled arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed at www.manakeefuneralhome.com.