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Dixie Roberta Wykert Steen, 79, of Greeley, CO, passed away Saturday, at North Colorado Medical Center – Hospice Inpatient Unit. A service will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery at a later date. Dixie was born November 27, 1927, in a farmhouse southwest of Ault, CO. Her youth was spent in the Ault Area, where she grew to love animals, farming, and hunting. She attended the Ault Public schools and graduated high school in 1945 as a class valedictorian. Dixie was the oldest of three daughters born to Otho and Myrtle Wykert. Dixie began college on a scholarship to the University of Denver. After two years of school, she took a break to work and live in Southern California. She did this for three years and loved every minute of it. In 1950, she resumed college at Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado), graduating in 1952 with a degree in Education. On August 17, 1951, Dixie, excitedly, eloped to marry LaMar Albert Steen. LaMar and Dixie lived for one year in Iowa, where he was a school principal. They then established a home in Denver and both taught school for the Cherry Creek School District. Dixie taught for two years and then she stayed home to raise their family. LaMar and Dixie began their family with the birth of their son, Lance in 1954. They also had three additional children, son, Tory born in 1956, daughter, Mardi, born in 1960, and son, Cory, born in 1968. Dixie was active in the schools, including serving as President of the PTA. As a PTA member she organized a winter snow boot exchange that was popular and successful. She “had a ball” doing things like that for years. She also taught Sunday school at the Congregational church. In her later years, she was a volunteer for Hospice, which she felt, was her true calling and avocation. Dixie loved to travel. She and LaMar took many exciting trips, often with her sister, Joan. She particularly enjoyed England, Hawaii, Mexico, Florida and the South. It was her motto to go and enjoy life while you are young, healthy and able to do so. Dixie had many pastimes that brought her joy. She was a voracious reader. She created lovely oil paintings that she gave to friends and family members. She loved to play bridge, work in her garden, body-surf, sunbathe, and enjoy a good party with friends. She was a handsome woman with her own sense of style; she loved to wear high heels and sparkly jewelry. What Dixie adored most was her family. She reveled in family gatherings and hosted all her relatives at every opportunity. She was the one always there when anyone needed her. That was where she showed her greatest strength and compassion. She is to be admired for that, and so much more. Dixie and LaMar were a true love match, and she lived every day grateful for their life together. Dixie was a devoted and tireless mother to each of her four children. She was there for each of them every day of their lives. They brought her great joy, pride and a connection to the future. She loved children and could not wait for each of her seven grandchildren to be born. As they grew, she painted them Christmas ornaments, played with them, and took them on trips. Her grandchildren were blessed to have a Grammy who loved them boundlessly. She made cherry pies with them, golfed with them, took them fishing and horseback riding, rode go-carts, etc. If they said, “I love you Grammy, she always replied, “I love you more.” Dixie is survived by her son, Lance and his wife, Mina; daughter, Mardi; son, Cory and his wife, Jennifer. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Sarah and Troy Steen, Zack and Mariah Randle, and Brady Audrey and Cameron Steen. She also leaves as sister, Joyce Weber. Dixie also was loved and will be missed by extended family. Special appreciation is extended to Karen and Terry Allen and Sally Miller, who showed their love and care as if she were their own mother. Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle (2/1971) and Otho (2/1982) Wykert, son Troy (11/22/65), her mother-in-law, Frieda Schumacher (2/1981), husband, LaMar (2/18/1993), and sister, Joan Jukes (12-18/2003). Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631.

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