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October 29, 1934 - October 29, 2017 EDMOND Charlene Akers Irwin Dix passed away at her home on Oct. 29, 2017 - her 83rd birthday. She was born in Prestonburg, KY on Oct. 29, 1934, the second eldest of nine children, to Edmond Burr & Woodsie Ellen Akers. Char grew up in Prestonburg and attended Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, where she earned her BS degree in business education. At Eastern, she met and eventually married James Thomas Irwin, who served in the U.S. Army. They had six amazing children, three of whom are triplets, and lived in Germany, Panama, and several places within the U.S. In 1975, they were transferred to Lawton, OK. In 1979, Char married the love of her life, Dr. Robert A. Dix, the father of five. Robert was a respected pathologist and Char became his office manager. They were involved with the Lawton Philharmonic and were members of the choir at the Old Post Chapel on Fort Sill. In addition, Char served as president of the SW Oklahoma Opera Guild, VP of the Oklahoma State Medical Association Auxiliary, Special Projects Coordinator at KSWO, Social Coordinator at the Sandpiper Inn, was a member of the Lawton Chamber of Commerce, and sang with the Cameron-Lawton Chorus. Char and Robert retired and moved to their home in Edmond, OK in 1996. There, Char was on the committee for the Symphony Show House, a vital source of charitable fundraising which contributes to the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and has brought the joy of music to around two million children and adults through its education programs. Char was also a breast cancer survivor. Robert and Char enjoyed extensive traveling, snow skiing, and visiting their many children and grandchildren. Char is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Robert A. Dix; six children, Karen Curry and her husband Kevin, James Thomas Irwin, Jr. and his wife Denise, Gwynn McDowell and her husband Mike, Lynn Irwin and her husband Jeff Hammond, John Irwin, and Lauren Voyles and her husband Don; nine grandchildren, Jimmy (Jackie), Christy, Matthew, Sean, Shannon, Rachel, Jessica, Sam, and Joey, along with Wesley and Kristi; and one great-grandchild, Holland. Also surviving Char are her stepchildren, Richard Dix and his wife Susan and Monique Dix and her partner Sue. Finally, she is survived by seven loving siblings and their spouses, Katherine (Edsel), Raybon (Winnie), Beaulahvene (Darrel), Fermin (Barbara), Charlotte, Dennis (Dixie), and Gordon (Debbie); and many wonderful nieces and nephews. We would like to thank the caring staff from Care Plus Home Care, especially Laverne, Aryqa, Shaleea, and Angela, who all took wonderful care of Char for 14 months. In addition, we would like to thank Kathy, Lois, and Roberta from Heartland Hospice, who kept Char comfortable throughout. We would also like to extend a special thank-you to Char's granddaughter, Shannon, who took loving care of her grandmother until the end. Char was considered "Mom" to many of her children's friends and loved them all. She will always be remembered for her quiet strength and her beautiful smile. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington, KY on Harrodsburg Road, followed by a Funeral Service at 12 p.m. Services in Oklahoma are being coordinated with Tribute Memorial Care of Norman. A Celebration of Char's Life will be held at their home in Edmond, OK on Dec. 30, 2017. Donations in Char's name may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation.
Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 5, 2017
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