Dixie Lea Wallace

September 23, 1931 - May 5, 2018
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Dixie Lea (Cundiff) Wallace, age 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Houston Hospice on Saturday, May 5, 2018. From her birth in Centerville, Texas on September 23, 1931, until her death she nourished the people around her with love, faith and music.   She was born to Richard Ricks Cundiff and Frances Josephine Hamrick and had one younger sister, Emily Ann Hyndman.

At an early age, Dixie started playing the piano and was an academic over-achiever. After graduating Valedictorian of Centerville High School in 1949, she attended North Texas State University, Sam Houston State University and graduated from University of Texas in Austin in 1954 with a Bachelor in Music with Honors.    While at UT Dixie was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Honor Societies (Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Kappa Lambda and Dean’s Honors List).  Following college, she taught music in Houston (Bastian Elementary) for 2 years and then settled in Galveston teaching at numerous schools (Alamo, Weis Jr High, Rosenberg, Burnet, Island and Crockett) for 30 years, also teaching private piano lessons.    Dixie was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a Teacher Honor Society.   She was a devoted member of Moody Methodist Church, where she sang in the Choir and served as a Children’s choir director for several years.    One of her proudest accomplishments was Directing the Galveston College Musical, “The Roar of Greasepaint- the Smell of the Crowd” in 1986.   After retirement, Dixie was an avid Bridge and Mahjong player and very active in her children and grandchildren’s lives.    She was affectionately known as “D” by her grandchildren.

She married, Wally Bob Wallace from Centerville Texas in 1957 and later divorced in 1982.   Left to honor and remember D are her children: Wally Bob Wallace Jr. and his wife Adele of Katy, Texas and Angela Wallace and husband Mike Wallace of Houston, Texas, her grandchildren Steven Robert Wallace, Michael Wallace Jr., Cameron Robert Wallace and Scott William Wallace, nephew Richard Hyndman and great nephew Justin Hyndman and great niece Nicole Stanford.   Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, sister Emily, brother-in-law Jeff Hyndman, and her ex-husband Bob.

Funeral Services will be held at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd Street at Ave. U in Galveston, Tx at 11 am on Monday, May 14 with Reverend Linda Snow officiating.   The family will greet friends before the service from 10-11 am at Moody Methodist Church and in a reception after the service.

Visitation will follow on Tuesday, May 15 at Walters Funeral Home, 610 S. Commerce St, Centerville, Tx from 10-11 am and interment at 11 am at Centerville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Dixie’s honor to Moody Methodist Church in Galveston, Tx or Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Tx 77030.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Moody Methodist Church


2803 53rd St,
Galveston, Texas 77551

Service Information

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Moody Methodist Church


2803 53rd St,
Galveston, Texas 77551

Cemetery Information

Centerville Cemetery


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Born: September 23, 1931
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EJ Petree posted on 5/13/18

I met Dixie when I was a teacher at Burnet Elementary many years ago. She was a Title 1 teacher who came into my room to service small groups of students. Dixie was an exceptional teacher and I learned a lot from her. She was a lovely lady and I was proud to call her my friend.


Doyle Neuwiller posted on 5/13/18

When I read the name, I immediately knew this was my beloved 4th grade music teacher at Alamo School in Galveston. I have since retired after 40+ years as a Band Director in Galveston. No doubt, my love for music started in Mrs. Wallace's classroom, which I SO looked forward to each day! Good bye, sweet lady. One day, I will get to tell you in person of the impact you had on my life. Memory eternal!


Saralyn Richard posted on 5/12/18

Mrs. Wallace was my elementary school music teacher. Her knowledge and skill and love of music was contagious, and have stayed with me always. She never forgot a student, and when I encountered her in recent years, she was always so happy to see me and eager to hear about my own teaching experiences. I'm fortunate to have had her as a teacher and a friend.


Lynne Hughes Springer posted on 5/11/18

Dear Wallace Family I am sorry to hear of your loss. She no longer will be suffering and now, will be free from pain. I am sure that Ms. Wallace has already started playing the harpsichord while choir is singing joyous chorales. Mrs. D. Wallace was my music teacher at Island Elementary. I enjoyed singing in class as well as in the choir. I was inspired with her love for music. She shared her passion for music with all us and this made an memorable impression on me. I chose to make music my own field and I have thoroughly enjoyed. 1 Samuel 16:16 "Let our lord now command your servants who are before you. Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well." Praying for your family


DH posted on 5/8/18

Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s promise bring you comfort. There will be “a new earth... and He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore... I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:1-5