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Dixie L Akers

August 24, 1932 July 15, 2020
Dixie L Akers
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Dixie L. Akers passed away on Wednesday July 15, in Franklin, IN, she was 87 years old.

Dixie committed her professional life to childhood education and taught first grade for over 40 years in southwest Parke County. She taught and nurtured first graders in their critical and formative beginning year of their educational journey. She loved working with children and always hoped she could make some small difference in their lives.

Dixie was also active in her community, not only through school functions but also volunteer activities. She was a founding member of the Mecca Historical Society and very active in their restorative initiatives and community support efforts. She volunteered to spend time with visitors at the one room schoolhouse during the Covered Bridge Festival, sharing how teachers would manage multiple age groups in a single classroom.

Dixie was a skilled seamstress who enjoyed quilting and making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for any child wanting something to cuddle. She also had a passion for politics and flower gardening.

Most importantly, Dixie passed on to others the important life lessons of being kind and generous to others, always doing the right thing, and how to hold strong beliefs and stick with them.

She will be missed.

Dixie was born on August 24, 1932 in Mecca, IN, the daughter of Harvey and Elizabeth “Fanny” Maurey. She attended Mecca Wesleyan Church and was a member of the Indiana State Teachers’ Association.

She married Thomas M. Akers on March 29, 1952 and he preceded her in death. Survivors include: 2 daughters, Sally Akers and Molly Reeves; 1 son, Timothy Akers (Denise); 3 grandchildren, Andrew Akers, Micaela Reeves, Evan Reeves. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Haughee Maurey; 1 nephew, Dan Harrison; 2 nieces, Roxanne Maurey and Melanie Maurey.

Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 brothers: Sherman Maurey and Ira Paul Maurey and 1 sister: Sue Maurey Harrison.

Private Services are scheduled with arrangements by Barnes and Rice Funeral Home, Rockville, IN. A celebration of life will be held later this year.

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to the charity Alzheimer’s Association in her name at 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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