Obituaries

top banner

Obituary Listings

Kathleen A. Dixon

April 7, 1952 February 7, 2020
Kathleen A. Dixon
There are condolences waiting approval on Kathleen A.'s Tribute wall

Plant a tree in memory of Kathleen A.

An environmentally friendly option
1 tree planted in memory of Kathleen A. Dixon
Obituary for Kathleen A. Dixon

Kathleen A. “Kathy” Dixon of Dunlap, Illinois died early Friday morning, February 7, 2020 after a courageous seven-year fight with cancer. Unbelievably missed by those who loved her, Kathy exhibited a determination to fight her cancer with traditional and new therapy options while showing - even through pain and “bad days”, her beautiful optimism with a constant, love-filled smile.

Kathy was born on April 7, 1952 in Peoria, Illinois to loving parents, Kermit “Swede” and Veronica (Gilles) Nader. She grew up in Kickapoo, Illinois, enjoying the fun and adventure only a small town could provide. Many of her childhood friends are still in the area and she would often reminisce about what she did during the summers, events at the house of a friend, youthful play and pranks and surrounded by the love of family members.

On May 22, 1976, Kathy married the true love of her life, James L. Dixon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo. He survives. Also surviving are Jim and Kathy’s two children, Jamie (Jason) Shanahan of Dracut, Massachusetts and Stacey Dixon of Peoria. She was an awesome and fun-loving grandmother to Evan and Connor Shanahan. She also is survived by her honorary daughter, Erica Frantz of Peoria. Kathy’s sister, Sharon (Jack) Weaver of Peoria survives as do five nieces and one nephew. The loyal, spoiled and precious fur baby of Dixon house, Gunner, a Yellow Labrador Retriever, will continue to guard those Kathy loved. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ronald.

A graduate of Bergan High School Class of 1970, Kathy earned an Associate Degree from Illinois Central College. She was employed by several local attorneys as a legal assistant. After working quite a few years in legal offices, she decided it was time for a change and, loving athletic workouts, exercise and people, was employed by Landmark Health Club where she had fun exploring healthy options and encouraging others to join the health club when she worked “Membership”.

Perhaps one of the greatest joys of Kathy’s life was joining with five or six of her best friends on a weekly basis as part of The Lunch Bunch. The friends would all gather at a local restaurant, discuss the “news” of the day and then, with great thanks from local merchants, go shopping! Each Christmas, the Lunch Bunch would “adopt” an “in need” family from the Peoria area, to make Christmas more magical and possible. Each Lunch Bunch member would donate money and, after getting a list of what the family needed or wanted, would go shopping for Christmas dinner, other meals and presents for ALL members of the “in need” family. Kathy always made sure she was with the Lunch Bunch when the Christmas delivery was made, knocking on the door of the family and spreading cheer complete with her Santa hat firmly on her head! To again prove her love and willingness to help those around her, immediately after her first round of chemo, she volunteered to help others in the chemo center through advice and, more often than not, dropping off or serving bags of candy treats while helping others in the center have a bright moment during a most difficult phase of their lives. Kathy was truly a woman who cared about others more than herself. She had a heart willing to share with others as she truly exhibited her belief in God.

The Dixon family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses involved in Kathy’s illness, especially, Dr. Lococo, Dr. Byler Dan and Tammy Neys. The family would also like to offer most sincere thanks for the compassionate care during her last days from the staff of Richard Owens Hospice House.

A longtime, dedicated member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, visitation for Kathy Dixon will be at her church on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM with a Funeral Mass beginning at 11:00 AM. Fr. Stephen Willard will officiate and burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials made in Kathy’s honor be made to the Richard Owens Hospice House or Sophia’s Kitchen.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

15

Feb

9:00 AM 2/15/2020 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/15/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

15

Feb

11:00 AM 2/15/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Patrick Cemetery-Kickapoo Final Resting Place

1
Kickapoo, IL 61528

1 Kickapoo 61528 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home

Sophia's Kitchen

504 Fulton St
Peoria, IL 61602
Albums

Create new album
 
Subscribe To Obituaries



We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Loading...