October 29, 1927 – October 8, 2020
Betty L. Dixon, 92, lifelong Parsons resident, died at 1:10 a.m., Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the Elmhaven Nursing Home.
She was born October 29, 1927, in Parsons, to Louis B. and Ethel A. (Addis) Tonkin. She graduated from Parsons High School and later attended classes at Labette Community College.
On December 21, 1950 she and Ray E. Dixon were married in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ray preceded her in death on July 12, 1996.
For a few years Betty managed the Selective Service Office, working both in Parsons and in Pittsburg. After the office closed, she worked for the Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services office 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 and in the late 1990’s was named the L.C.M.C. 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 the Wesley United Methodist Church and had worked at the Parsons 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.
Funeral services 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 at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday. The family requests that masks be worn at both the visitation and funeral service.
Memorials are suggested to the Proud Animal Lovers Society (PALS). They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.