Dixie Lee Thompson

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Dixie Lee Thompson, 79, Fort Scott, Kan., passed away on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, at Freeman Health Systems in Joplin. Dixie was born Dec. 28, 1942, in Walnut Shade, Mo., to Edward F. and Le Ona (Keithley) McGrath. She was united in marriage to Maynard Emery Thompson on April 19, 1959, in the Milo Baptist Church and he preceded her in death in 2008.

Dixie grew up in the Milo area attended Nevada High School. She worked as an aide at the Nevada State Hospital for several years, and for a time she and Maynard operated the Bowling Alley in Girard, Kan. After receiving her Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing from Fort Scott Community College, Dixie worked at Mt. Carmel Hospital for a number of years, the State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kan., and retired from the VA Hospital in Leavenworth. She currently lived in Fort Scott to be near her sister-in-law, Ronda Bailey. Dixie was a member of the Milo Baptist Church. She had a love for dogs and especially loved roses of all kinds.

Survivors include four grandchildren, Rachelle Connolly (John), Wichita, Kan., Chad Thompson (Stacy), Pittsburg, Kan., Shannon Thompson, Independence, Mo., and Shawn Thompson (Courtney), Independence, Mo.; stepson, Matthew Tilley (Megan), Oklahoma City; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Thompson, Zailey Thompson, Ezriah Thompson, Vivenne Thompson, Tristan Thompson, and Brooklyn Tilley; sister, Rhonda McGrath, Carthage, Mo.; sister-in-law, Ronda Bailey (Roger), Fort Scott,; stepsister-in-law, Wanda Haley, Fort Scott; two step brothers-in law, Wiley (Sharon) Wyckoff, Nevada and Weldon (Diane) Wyckoff, Louisville, Ky.; two nieces, Deidra May, St. Joseph, Mo., and Taylor Bailey, Fort Scott; and her longtime companion, Mike Bowers of Fort Scott, Kan.

In addition to her husband, Maynard, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Rocky Thompson; and her brother, Frank McGrath.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19, at Milo Cemetery in Milo, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to S.E.K. Humane Society in care of Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, Mo.

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