Dixie M. Anglen Penter was born on May 29, 1921 in Missouri. She was the daughter of Elwood Birdsong and Vernna (Perry) Birdsong. Dixie met Raymond Anglen, the eldest of 12 children, when she was 16 and they married two years later when she was 18 years old. He was the love of her life and they were extremely happy together. They shared a kind of love that doesn’t seem to exist these days. Dixie also shared a special bond with Raymond’s family and they continued that bond even after Raymond’s death in April 1989.
Dixie and Raymond were married for 49 years and they were blessed with two sons. Dixie worked at a local deli store in Osawatomie, KS before getting the job she really liked as a clerk for Penney’s. She worked there for several years then she and Raymond went to work at an ammunition factory. Upon getting those jobs they sold their farm and moved to DeSoto, KS. However, Dixie was allergic to powder at the factory and soon after, they moved to Hollister and settled in at The Yacht Club Park. During most of the 47 years Dixie lived at The Yacht Club Park, she would work one or two days a month for Nancy and Dwayne Ford collecting rent and doing the books.
Dixie loved being around family and was quite the family historian for both sides of the family. She kept a record, kind of like a family bible, with everyone’s birthday, marriages and kid’s names next to her recliner. It had a pencil and rubber-band wrapped around it so she could quickly keep it up to date. Quite often she was called to see if we had a particular name in the family! She also loved to crochet, cross stitch and needlepoint and probably made a tissue box cover for nearly everyone. She cared for many and her love and wisdom will forever be missed.
We believe Raymond came to take her home on April 28, 2018. She entered into rest at Pt. Lookout Nursing and Rehab in Hollister, Missouri where she had enjoyed living very much since moving away from The Yacht Club Park in 2010.
Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, Elwood Birdsong and Vernna (Perry) Birdsong; her husband Raymond Anglen, her second husband Duke Penter along with one son, Ronald Anglen.
Dixie is survived by her son, Donald Anglen of Hollister; her sister, Katherine West of West Palm Beach, FL; two grandchildren, Vincent Kirk of Olathe, KS and Michelle Stingo of Leawood, KS; two great grandchildren, Dawson Williams and Travis Meyer along with many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws and nieces and nephews through several generations.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 5 with visitation beginning at 12:00 P.M. in Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson and graveside services following at 1:00 P.M. in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson with Pastor Jim Cariker officiating.