Dixie Campbell, 79, of Shawnee, passed away May 1, 2019.
Dixie Louise Campbell was born Aug. 29, 1939, in Purcell, Oklahoma.
She was the daughter of Francis (“Frank”) William Gowder and Velma Inez (Parks) Gowder. She grew up in Tecumseh and Shawnee and married Robert Don Campbell on Feb. 17, 1956.
During their 58-year marriage, Dixie and Robert raised three children and built a successful pipe-fitting manufacturing company. Dixie was highly intelligent, wise, practical and tenacious, instilling a strong work ethic in her children, yet she had remarkable patience. She was a talented artist and wonderful cook. She enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren, appreciated simplicity, and had a great love for her family, nature, and life itself. Dixie was exceptionally kind and caring, always thinking of others first. While fighting a long and painful battle with lymphoma, she chose to endure several experimental treatment studies specifically to provide information she hoped would someday benefit her own grandchildren and others. Dixie was a beautiful life.
Dixie was preceded in death by her husband Robert, as well as her parents Frank and Inez, her brother, William Steve Gowder, and her sister, Connie Gowder.
Survivors include her sister Carolyn McFarland; Carolyn’s daughters Tammy and Stephanie; niece Mary Pugh; Dixie’s children: Robin Louise (Campbell) Rowden and her husband William J. Rowden, Robert Steven Campbell and his wife Maria J. (Walcher) Campbell, and Cristi Annette (Campbell) Grider and her husband Jonathan J. Grider; as well as ten grandchildren: Jennifer (Plunkett) Christian, Daxon Rowden, Katelin and Jeremy Grider, and Robert, Daniel, Benjamin, Sarah, Morgan and Molly Campbell; and two great-grandchildren: Grayson and Nolan Christian.
In lieu of flowers, family would appreciate donations to any of the following charities loved by Dixie: wildlife conservation, children’s literacy, humane society or gardening/botanical charity of your choice.
Dixie will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 4, and from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 6, at Resthaven Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 6, at Resthaven Memorial Park.