Melia Starlet Dixon, age 56, of Elgin, IL, passed away on August 23, 2021. She was born January 17, 1965 in Melrose Park, IL to her proud parents, Lawrence and Vernice Dixon.

Melia’s parents tried for many years to have a child; they were very excited to finally receive the news that God had blessed them with their first child. Six years later, God would bless Melia with a little brother. She was the perfect big sister, joining him in everything, from playing with race cars to action figures. Though small in stature, she was always just a few steps away, ready to show the neighbor boys, older and twice her size, that she would be the only one to bully her “little” brother!

Melia grew up in Illinois on the west side of Chicago. She attended Resurrection Grade School and Josephinum High School, where she was an honor student. She married at an early age, but later went back to school to earn an associate degree and CNA certification, and spent most of her working years as a medical biller and coder.

Melia was a very witty person who always had something funny to say, and she was quick to join in on the latest pranks. She loved to laugh and joke, even when she was in a great deal of pain.

Melia was an avid reader, and she loved to listen to music, play bid whist, cook, shop, and go out to eat. She had a playful heart, and enjoyed spending time with the children she met throughout her life. She even began babysitting as a hobby, looking after her cousin Elwyn’s children (Elwyn had babysat Melia when she was a child). Elwyn’s kids always said Melia was the best babysitter they ever had!

Melia would later have two children of her own, son Jawaan Brandon, and daughter Shayla Cobb (who would act as Melia’s caregiver in later years).

Melia loved traveling, and she and cousin Elwyn would often “hit the road” at a moment’s notice. Melia was a skilled bowler, and she met the love of her life through a bowling league. She also proved to have quite the matchmaking skills, which led to two marriages in her family.

Melia was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She is survived by her two children, Jawaan Brandon and Shayla Cobb; brother, Keith E. Dixon; appointed sister (cousin), Elwyn McPherson; grandchildren, Laila Brandon and Jamarius Henderson; nieces, Keichelle Dixon and Isis Dixon; nephew, Keith A. Dixon; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends to cherish her memories.

Visitation will be 5:00pm until funeral service at 7:00pm, Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

Interment will be private.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.

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