Betty L. Dixon

Betty L. Dixon, 92, a lifelong Parsons resident, died at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at Elmhaven East.

She was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Parsons to Louis B. and Ethel A. (Addis) Tonkin. She graduated from Parsons High School and later attended Labette Community College.

On Dec. 21, 1950, she married Ray E. Dixon in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ray preceded her in death on July 12, 1996.

For a few years Betty managed the Selective Service Office, working in Parsons and Pittsburg. After the office closed, she worked for the Kansas Department for Social and Rehabilitation Services until she retired.

After retirement she began doing countless hours of volunteer work. For years she was a pink lady at Labette County Medical Center, now called Labette Health, and in the late 1990s was named the LCMC Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year. She volunteered at the free clinic from its opening day, helping to qualify people for treatment. 

In earlier years, before Ray’s passing, they enjoyed country line dancing, attending concerts, trips to Las Vegas and other favorite places and spending weekends and summertime days at their place at Grand Lake. Betty was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and had worked at the Parsons Historical Museum. She loved her family, being with her children and grandchildren and spoiling her dogs. 

Surviving are three children, Diane Kelsey (Jerry), Ron Dixon (Jo) and Mike Dixon (Sheri), all of Parsons; 12 grandchildren, Kayla Cullers, Shaun Kelsey, Tyler Kelsey, Sacia Kelsey, Tara Kelsey, Judith Phillips, Ta’Qweishya Valentine, Wyatt Bell, Jessica Workman, Vanessa York, Noah Dixon and Sydney Dixon; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home with Rocky Swayze officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family requests that masks be worn at the visitation and service. 

Memorials are suggested to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter.

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