DU QUOIN — M. Irene Dixon, 91, passed away at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at her residence.
Irene had been owner and teacher at Park-A-Tot Nursery School for 30 years. She began her career at Lower Arm School in 1946.
Irene graduated from Pinckneyville High School in 1945 and then graduated from SIU in the early 1950s. She had also worked on her master's degree.
Irene was a member of the First Christian Church in Du Quoin, where she had been a deacon and an elder. At the church, she was also president of CWF and was in charge of the rummage sales.
She was also a member of the Marshall Browning Hospital Auxiliary, Perry County Historical Society, Perry County Jail Museum, Red Hat Society, Order of the Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary, and DAR Irene was a founding member of the A-Wa-We-Go Camping Tribe and served as Chaplin.
She was born Jan. 28, 1928, in Pinckneyville, the daughter of Roy Arkell and Carrie Gladys (Williamson) Pursell.
She married Curtis E. Dixon on March 8, 1952, in Pinckneyville, and he preceded her in death Dec. 20, 1981.
She is survived by four children, Sue Dixon of Pinckneyville, Todd Dixon of Du Quoin, Clay Dixon and wife, Evelyn, of Carterville, and Kent Dixon of Du Quoin; two sisters, Norma Jones of West Frankfort and Sharon Wright of Pinckneyville; three grandchildren, Seth Dixon and wife, Nicole, of Du Quoin, Cory Dixon of New Baden, and Emily Crain and husband, Stephen, of Chesterfield, Missouri; nine great-grandchildren, Collin Dixon, Kylie Dixon, Emmett Crain, Aiden Dixon, Matthew Rees, Michael Daniel, Makayla Davis, David Peters, Dayonna Peters and one on the way; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Carl Pursell, Ed Pursell, and Wilford Andrew Pursell in infancy; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Junior Jones and Stuart Wright; and three sisters-in-law, Isabelle Pursell, Theresa Pursell and Patricia Pursell.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin, with David Gross officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin. Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Park at Du Quoin.
Memorials may be made to to the Marshall Browning Hospital Tree of Life, First Christian Church in Du Quoin, or the donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.
For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com.