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Dixie Claire Kanago

June 20, 1922 - August 29, 2022
From: Spencer, IA
Dixie Claire Kanago

Dixie Claire Kanago

Born: June 20, 1922
Died: August 29, 2022
Age: 100

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     Dixie Claire (Shawver) Kanago was born to Cecil and Daisy (Richards) Shawver on June 20, 1922 in Pleasantville, IA. She grew up on the family farm in rural Knoxville, IA with her four older sisters. While Dixie was an active participant in all of family farm life, she especially enjoyed helping her dad raise black angus cattle. She was a member of the local 4-H Club where she showed cattle at the county and state fairs, winning Reserve Grand Champion Baby Beef at the Iowa State Fair in 1940.

     Dixie graduated from Knoxville High School in 1939 and then attended college to pursue degrees in Christian Education and Elementary Education. This included 1 year at Cotner College in Lincoln, NE, 1 year at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and 2 years at the University of Northern Iowa (then known as Iowa State Teachers’ College) in Cedar Falls, IA. She taught Kindergarten in Dinsdale, Lake Park, and Spencer, Iowa.

     On December 20, 1952 Dixie married Eldon Kanago in Fremont, NE and the couple made their home in Spencer where they raised their three children (Kristi, Bryce, and Kerwin) and lived for the remainder of their lives.

      Dixie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Spencer and was active in Christian education for many years as she practiced and shared her faith with others. Her Christian faith and trust in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior was the foundation of everything she did.

     Dixie had many interests and talents including music, writing, art, cooking, gardening, bird-watching, fishing, and all things family. She enjoyed playing violin in a string trio with sisters Jo and Billie. She wrote poetry and regularly had her poems included in the Iowa Lyrical Iowa’s annual poetry contest publication. Her love of birding fit well with her husband’s love of photography so they developed a slide show that Dixie enjoyed presenting in area classrooms and clubs over many years. Her love of fishing included teaching her children and grandchildren, and a couple of trips to Canada with niece and nephew Gwen and Greg Hoekstra. Everything Dixie pursued was done with attention to and inclusion of others, learning from and enjoyment of the experience, and a lot of laughter.

     Dixie was thrilled (as was her family) to celebrate her 100th birthday on June 20, 2022 with a weekend of food, music, family, and friends.

     Dixie passed quickly and quietly from this life on August 29th in Spencer, Iowa.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Eldon; sisters Maurine Glenn, Jenny Harsin, Billie Hoekstra, and Josephine Black; and infant brother Cecil Leroy Shawver.

     Left to celebrate her life and carry on her love for and connection to family are children Kristi and Chris Miller of Minneapolis, MN; Bryce and Nona Kanago of Cedar Falls, IA; Kerwin and Terry Kanago of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren Julia and Aaron Ramsey, Meredith and Cory Zwyno, Matthew Frey, David and Allison Frey, Anthony and Katie Kanago, Timo Miller, Samu and Justine Miller, Matti and Katie Miller; great-grandchildren Nolan Ramsey, Elsie Frey, Alexander Zwyno, Finn Miller and (due in February 2023) Emmi Sophia Miller; cherished nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

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Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 2, 2022 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, Dixie's family suggests a donation to St. Croix Hospice or a hospice organization of your choosing.

Special thanks to the staff and care teams of Riverview Terrace Assisted Living, St. Luke Lutheran Home, and St. Croix Hospice for their exceptional and compassionate care.
Rev. Curt Batschelet
Greg Hoekstra
Matthew Frey
David Frey
Timo Miller
Samu Miller
Matti Miller

Honorary Casket Bearers
Julia Ramsey
Meredith Zwyno
Anthony Kanago
Larry Harsin
Kay Harsin
Gwen Hoekstra
Kevin Black
Will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Service at the Chapel.
Congregational Hymns
"My Tribute"
"For The Beauty Of The Earth"

Trumpet Solo
"Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
By Greg Hoekstra

Pianist, Ann Hoekstra
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 12:15 PM
“I was one of Dixie’s care givers at River view Terrance… we had good conversations … she even gave me a poem she had written for me after my grand daughter Anna died”
- Cher lindahl
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 7:02 AM
“Kristi, so happy you got to enjoy your mom for so many years! So many happy memories for both you and your mom. I know you’ll miss her - just remember that so many are thinking of you and care very much. Linda”
- Linda (Posthumus) Curry
Monday, September 5, 2022 at 6:15 AM
“So sorry to hear of Dixie’s passing. She was my kindergarten teacher and was always such a sweet lady. What a Wonderful life-100 years. May God bless you all with peace and comfort.”
- Diana Kilpatrick
Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 2:11 PM
“My sympathies to the family of Dixie Kanago. I remember her as a kindergarten teacher at North school in Spencer where she had my brother but was gone when I went into kindergarten three years later. Eldon and Dixie….our family will never forget either one of them as they made a huge impact on the city of Spencer! May the family enjoy precious memories!”
- Charlene Radcliffe
Friday, September 2, 2022 at 1:46 PM
“Thank you for the online presence you provided to share the service electronically. It was the next best thing to being there, and I was able to worship and give thanks for Aunt Dixie's life right along with you. It was a generous footnote to her amazing long glorious life. Hugs to you all, Elaine”
- Elaine Peters Koester
Friday, September 2, 2022 at 7:03 AM
“Kristi, Bryce & Kerwin. I'm sorry that you lost your beautiful mother. She made it to 100 so had a wonderful life. I enjoyed working with your dad at KICD in the 70's and your mom made several meals for me after I helped him with things at the station back then. ”
- Tom Fuchsen
Friday, September 2, 2022 at 7:03 AM
“Dixie and my mother, Carol Albers, became friends when they both lived at Riverview Terrace. Mom enjoyed Dixie so much - I often heard stories, and it was obvious they shared such joy! My sympathy to you now at this tender time, and in the days to come. May God comfort you, and sweet memories fill your hearts. ”
- Marcia Steffen
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 8:07 PM
“I loved the faith that Dixie had in Jesus. She was a very special lady. I remember Eldon and his work for KICD and other things around First Baptist. I believe I will see them in Heaven when it is my turn to go Home. Jim God Bless you all and may the peace of God surround you.”
- Jim Tomlinson
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 8:07 PM
“May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time. Lots of love and hugs!”
- Paivi and Greg
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 7:20 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the family. Dixie and Eldon lived not far from my parents. They are very memorable to my younger years ”
- Kristi Hoger
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 7:20 AM
“I didn't know Mrs Kanago much and she didn't know about me. However, she was very kind to me. Simply by sending me a card and note. It meant a lot to me and it said a lot about her. It was a definition of kindnesses.
Rest In Peace, Ms Dixie
Don Nelson and for my mother Arlene Nelson ”
- Don Nelson
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 7:34 PM
“I am so sorry for your family's loss. ”
- Marilyn Popenhagen
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 3:06 PM
“Kristi and family…it is with sincere condolences hearing the loss of your loving, beautiful mother…uplifted prayers that God wrap His loving arms around you giving Strength, Comfort and Peace that only He can give thru the difficult days ahead…such a Blessing and how wonderful having your mother with you for 100 years and that family was able to celebrate that milestone with her, that is so special…cherish and hold those beautiful memories in your hearts always…(((Hugs))) “the Anderson triplets”-Janet, Jim &Judy ✝️ ”
- Judy Henrichsen
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 3:06 PM
“Kristi and family- I am so sorry to hear about Dixie. I am so glad I was able to get to know her and enjoyed her humor and stories! I actually was able to share my newest child with her just a few weeks ago when I stopped in to visit- she held onto his little toes and talked to him forever! Her smile and love that she shared with everyone will be greatly missed.”
- Katie Chindlund
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