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Dixie Jan Fee, age 79, of Bussey, passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at the Homestead Memory Care Center of Knoxville. Visitation for Dixie began at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at the Bussey United Methodist Church. Dixie’s family greeted friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. A Funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at the Bussey United Methodist Church, with Pastor Rebekkah Shrimplin officiating. Following services internment was held at Greenlawn Cemetery. She was born on Sept. 14, 1936, in Iowa City, to Owen Cleo and Cloris Ellis (Trinkle) Bonnett. Dixie was raised around Bussey and graduated from Bussey High School, Class of 1955. After high school Dixie served in the Women’s Army Corps. She then attended nursing school and she worked in Des Moines during the week and traveling back to Bussey on the weekends to be with her family. Dixie married Donald Keith Fee. They shared 40 years of marriage together and she help raise four step children: Linda, Tim, Denny, and Mike. After Donald’s passing Dixie and Norman Engstrom became very good friends and companions. They shared 10 years of close friendship before Norman’s passing. Dixie loved music all her life and in her youth she sang in the church choir. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting. Dixie was a wonderful farm wife and was an excellent butcher, cook, and baker. After her husband passed Dixie became active in the Bussey United Methodist Church and was the former treasurer. Dixie is survived by three brothers all of Bussey, Terry (Pam) Bonnett, Lee (Debbie Farrow) Bonnett and Craig (Judy) Bonnett; and four step children, Linda Messamaker, Tim Fee, Denny Fee, and Mike Fee. Dixie is preceded in death by her parents, Owen and Cloris Bonnett; her husband Donald Keith Fee; and her special friend and companion Norman Engstrom. A memorial in Dixie’s memory can be made to the Bussey United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com. The Winfield Funeral Home is assisting Dixie’s family with services.
Published on  October 15, 2015
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