Dixie Nell Garrett, 81 years, passed to Heaven on April 11, 2015 at her home in Ava.
Dixie was born to Ora Sellers March 11, 1934 and was raised in the Rome and Smallett area. She was raised with her special cousin, Lucille Jenkins. She graduated from Ava High School in 1951. She loved learning more of the Ozark hills and of it’s history, most recently reading, “2 Good 2 Be Forgotten.”
It was in the Ozarks she met her husband, a young airman stationed at Fordland radar site in Fordland, MO. They would marry Oct. 3, 1952 in Mtn. Home, AR and to this union three children were born. Wayne & Dixie loved to dance and were quite good at it. They would travel extensively spending time in Illinois, Italy, Wyoming, Hawaii and Oregon. During Wayne’s three tours to Thailand, Turkey and Korea, Dixie and the children returned to Ava. At each assignment, Dixie made friends quickly and easily found employment finishing her career as manager at Woolworth’s in Klamath Falls, OR. Upon Wayne’s retirement they returned to Ava where they owned His n Hers Drive In, managed Bland’s Steak House and Sale Barn Café, she also was employed at Rexall Drug and Ava Beverage.
Dixie loved holiday family gatherings with all her children and grandchildren, which she was able to enjoy this past Easter. She also enjoyed spending time with her special friends at Ava Drug.
Dixie was preceded in death by her mother and mother-in-law, Ruth.
Dixie is survived by her husband, Wayne Garrett, Ava, MO, three children and their spouses, Mike & Cindy Garrett, Terri & Sam Fossett and Bob Garrett all of Ava, MO, 11 grandchildren, Paul & Roxanne Bocchi, Chris & Amy Kirkland, Heather & Jason Snelson, Cami & Lee Bohnenkamp, Sammye & Delbert Helton, Kirby & Tara Fossett, Courtney & Jeff Davault, Shelly & Gabe Beason, Lindsay Belknap, Jorie Garrett, Judd Tyson, 22 great grandchildren, Brittany, Amber, Tyler, David, Tanner, Logan, Sydney, Brandt, Maci, Myley, Rhett, Allison, Ciara, Claire, Celia, Garrett, Gentry, Gracie, Brooklynn, Addilynn, Jaxon and Bayler, two great great grandchildren, Fisher and Hadleigh. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Helen Allen and Jean Wilks and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Dixie will be Wed., April 15, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with burial in the Ava Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn. Memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association, American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.