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Dixie Jean Rigby

December 9, 1945 - February 3, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Dixie Jean Rigby

Dixie Jean Rigby

Born: December 9, 1945
Died: February 3, 2019
Age: 73

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    Dixie Jean Rigby, the daughter of Paul and Elsie (Koenen) Zierke was born December 9, 1945 in Worthington, MN. Her childhood years were spent in Worthington, where she attended school. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthews Lutheran Church. Dixie had polio at a young age and spent a few weeks in an Iron Lung at Sister Kenny Institute. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1965.

     Dixie married Larry Rigby on February 6, 1971 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN. They made their home in Spencer, IA, where she was a homemaker. She enjoyed crafts and card making.  She looked forward to attending the Clay County Fair each year.  She did volunteer work at St. Luke. Dixie was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Spencer and NW Iowa Polio Survivors.

     Dixie passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, IA, at the age of 73. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Larry; a daughter, Jennifer; 3 sisters, Gloria Ann Zierke, Doris Markman, and Dianna Maas; 2 brothers-in-law, Robert Wiese and Donald Markman; half brothers and sister, Lorene Reed, Leonard Zierke, Loyd Zierke, and Melvin Zierke.

     Left to cherish her memory are her brothers, Daryle (Geri) Zierke of Chiloquin, OR and Dennis (Janet) Zierke of Worthington, MN; 2 sisters, Donna (Rodney) Scholtes of Wilmont, MN and Darlene Wiese of Pilot Grove, MO; a brother-in-law Maynard Maas of Owatonna, MN; many other relatives and special friends and caregivers especially Liz, Marcia and Donna.

Memorial services will take place 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 30, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
Visitation will take place one hour prior tot he service at the church.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, April 1, 2019 at 5:37 AM
“I was so sorry to read tonight of Dixie's death. My mother was a polio survivor and she loved Dixie very much. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you the family. She was such a caring and loving person.”
- Rosemary Shaughnessy
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:05 AM
“Dear family of Dixie, We appreciated your phone call to inform us of Dixie's death, My mom was a post polio survivor and was in an iron lung for 8 weeks, so we understood the journey that Dixie had all too well. She had such a positive attitude built on her faith foundation, and was an inspiration to many of us because of it. We always enjoyed getting her home made Christmas cards as they were so personal. You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of Dixie, as well as the additional sister that has now passed away since. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of God's abiding love and may many wonderful memories bring you comfort now and in the days ahead. Tom and Mary Galik/Cedar Rapids, Ia”
- Tom Galik
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“So sorry to hear of Dixie's passing. We lived next door on 9th St and I would walk Jennifer to the grade school to get on the bus. They were always kind when I was a kid. Peace to all.”
- Kim (Anderson) Taylor
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 3:58 PM
“Sympathy to the entire family 🙏🙏. I graduated from WHS in 1967, and do remember Dixie.”
- Claudia Thompson Martens
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2:01 PM
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Dixie. Altho I hadn't seen her for many years, I feel she must have had a pretty hard life. She had to be one strong woman to rise above it all. My sympathies to all of the family.”
- Darla Hardersen
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:42 AM
“To Dixie's family, As a high school class mate of Dixie I was always amazed with her courage and strength to overcome her illness and approach life with a positive attitude. I haven't seen her since one of our class reunions but I will always remember her and appreciate her wonderful spirit. My condolences to those who knew and loved her.”
- Dione (DeHoogh) Belling
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:56 AM
“Our family would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dixie Jean Rigby. Words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, and death is truly a painful enemy to the human family. Please take comfort in 2 scriptures found in God’s Word the Bible. John 5:28,29 speaks of the resurrection, and Revelation 21:3,4 promises the time in the future when death and mourning will be no more. Our prayers are with you.”
- Williams Family
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 12:45 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Dixie but know that Darlene will have her sisters with her and Heaven”
- Jim & Valerie Wiese
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