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Dixie Carter, You Will Be Missed

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When I saw the news of her death on the Internet, my heart was filled with sadness. Dixie Carter was a lady in a time when it had rather fallen out of fashion. She was a beautiful, warm-hearted, full-on Southern Steel Magnolia. She was charming and lovely, and she could shred you with her tongue and pick her teeth with your bones while still appearing genteel and gracious.

It has been a long time since I watched “Designing Women”, but I remember that the show addressed some important issues for its day, and I’ll always hold a warm place in my heart for the four ladies of Sugarbaker’s, and for Anthony, of the unfortunate incarceration.

One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen was the show where a bunch of the characters got marooned together during a hurricane. At this far remove I can’t even remember exactly why it was so hilarious, but I remember laughing until the tears ran down my face, lying on the couch and howling, holding my sides because they ached.

All four actresses were wonderful, but Julia Sugarbaker was the glue that held it all together in a world very different from the one in which she grew up. She embodied grace and beauty, and she carried with her always the echoes of the nearly forgotten side of the Old South, where being a lady had been raised almost to an art form.

I found this Youtube video of Dixie Carter singing “How Great Thou Art” and have to share it with you. This was my mother’s favorite hymn, and now it is mine, and this version is nothing short of astonishing! I am reduced to helpless sobbing every time I listen.

I love you, Dixie Carter. Thank you!

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Author: Melody J Haislip

I'm either a transplanted East Coaster or a born again West Coaster. My heart kept pulling me toward Oregon, and when I followed it I found my dream, which I am living daily. My dream of becoming a writer has come true as well. I am in the company of people who speak my language, and the sense of community is healing hurts I didn't know were there. I am very grateful for my enormous good fortune.

8 thoughts on “Dixie Carter, You Will Be Missed

  1. A touching tribute, and well-written!

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  2. How very, very beautiful! Thank you for sharing your post and the video, which gave me goosebumps.

    Have a wonderful creative day, and thanks very much for your lovely comment on my blog.

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  3. So thankful you put this video on here. I was thinking about her singing this song a few days before I heard she had passed away. It was my Mother’s favorite song. As I listened I felt the chills running up my arms, back and to the top of my head. It is a beautiful rendition of this wonderful hymn.

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  4. Very beautiful video and tribute, thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  5. It’s so beautiful I want to share it with everyone I know. A wonderful performance by a talented lady.

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  6. The chills just rippled through me on that last note. I watched Designing Women regularly years ago, but evidently never saw that episode–what a tremendous voice that woman had, I had no idea! Your blog is actually how I first received this sad news…I swear, I live in a hole (well, the UK…). Thank you so much for sharing this, as well as writing this lovely tribute.

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  7. It is one of my all-time favorite shows. I loved it.

    I wanted to ~be~ Julia Sugarbaker. A real role model (intelligence and strength of character).

    For a while they were playing it on Nick At Night.

    Very nice post.

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  8. Have you seen this video, where Julia defends Suzanne to the new Miss Georgia? It gave me chills! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV86kehwkc0

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