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October 16, 1926 - August 20, 2023

A service in witness to Dixie’s life and faith will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 247 W. Lovell St. Kalamazoo. Dixie will be laid to rest in the columbarium of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa. To make a lasting gift in Dixie’s honor please consider a contribution to American Cancer Society, in c/o the funeral home

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Age 96, passed away Sunday morning, August 20, 2023. Dixie was born in Kalamazoo on October 16, 1926, the daughter of Leo and Mildred (Tappan) Stafford. Dixie was a long-time educator in the Kalamazoo area. She enjoyed traveling and was a scratch golfer. She also liked to fish. She played the French horn in the Kalamazoo Concert Band. As a lifetime Episcopalian she was an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where she volunteered in many capacities. Dixie is survived by her niece, Charlotte (Bob) Bates of Tulsa, OK; great-nephews, Tyler (Elizabeth) Pack, Treavor (Loretta) Richards and Travis Richards; great-nephews and nieces, Ferrial, Travis Tyler and Daphne; sister-in-law, Nancy Richard; and countless friends. Dixie was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marilou A. Richards; a special aunt, Hazel Bean; brother-in-law, Charles A. Richards; nephews, William W. Richards, and Charles W. “Ricky” Richards; niece, Terrie Louise Richards.