Dixie Botner, 84, of Columbia, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Dixie was born October 15, 1927, in Lawton, Oklahoma to William Charles and Nellie May (Easton) Lowry. She met the love of her life, Stanley B. Botner, while he was stationed at Fort Sill during WWII. They were married May 24, 1945 in Lawton. After the war they moved to Columbia, Missouri where his family had a farm north of town. They lived for a short time in Washington, D.C. when Stanley was working for Senator Kem of Missouri. After returning to Columbia, Dixie was a homemaker while Stanley worked on his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. Together they raised four children. In later years they enjoyed traveling, including trips to France, Tunisia, Switzerland, Italy, and England. They particularly enjoyed having tea at the Goring Hotel where they stayed in London. They were also avid fans of the Saint Louis Cardinals.
When the children grew older, Dixie completed a B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Missouri. She then taught first grade for ten years at Mokane and Midway Heights Elementary Schools. After retiring, she served as secretary for the Boone County Retired Teachers Association for several years.
Dixie loved children and had fond memories of the children she taught. She also adored her two grandchildren.
Dixie is survived by one son, Douglas “Micky” Botner of Norman, Oklahoma; three daughters, Janet Crow of St. Louis, Linda Noll and her husband Ray of Columbia, Carol Larsen and her husband David of Columbia; two grandchildren, John Weston, Jr. and Kathryn Weston; one sister, LaVerne Henry and her husband Thomas of Chesapeake, Virginia; two sisters-in-law, Jean Lowry and Lucette Lowry and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Stanley Botner; her parents; and four brothers, Mitchell, Allen, Herbert and Jimmy Lowry.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 104 Corporate Lake Drive Columbia, MO 65203.
Tributes may be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com