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Virginia Dixon

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Jan. 24, 1925-Sept. 12, 2008

Virginia Dixon, 83, of Fargo, died Friday, September 12, 2008, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Virginia, the daughter of Ernest and Esther (Malm) Jordahl, was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Detroit Lakes, and grew up in Lake Park, where she graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. Virginia graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1947, and was employed as a social worker in Yellow Medicine County, Minn., before she married Bob Slater of Aberdeen, S.D. Virginia and Bob made their home in Aberdeen until Bob was killed in an automobile accident in 1955. Bob and Virginia had two children, Stephen and Sue Ellen.

In 1956, the family moved to Moorhead, where Virginia was employed by Children's Village as a counselor, and was also active in the Moorhead Chapter of the American University Women, the Proseque Study Club, and also organized the University Investment Club.

Through mutual friends, Virginia met Jim Dixon of Fargo; they married in 1959. The couple moved to Fargo, and made their lifelong home near the Red River, for they lived through seven different floods before being able to sell their home to FEMA and move to higher ground.

Virginia was active in the First United Methodist Church and served as president of the United Methodist Women. She also served on the board of the Fargo YWCA for many years and supported the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Club by serving on its board. She loved to play bridge and bowl with her many women friends as a member of the Fargo Fine Arts Club and the Fargo Country Club.

Virginia was a completely unselfish person who dedicated her life to her husband and children and to the organizations mentioned above. She particularly enjoyed her membership in Chapter E in the P.E.O. Sisterhood and had strong bonds with the women in her chapter.

Virginia and Jim had many winter trips in their motor home, pausing to visit friends in warmer climates. They loved to travel together and took many trips, including several to Europe and South Africa, and they attended several Olympic Games. Since 1959, the family had also spent their summers at the family home on Lake Melissa. Recently, Virginia and Jim spent winters at the Waterford Retirement Home, until last spring when Virginia came under the care of Hospice at the Home Sweet Home Elder Care residence of Don and Gloria Fornes in Fargo.

Jim adopted Virginia's children, Stephen and Sue Ellen, in 1959. Jim and Virginia also had two children together, Jed and Melissa, who live with their families in Fargo.

Virginia is survived by her husband Jim; son, Stephen (Carol) of Black Butte Ranch, Ore.; daughter Sue Ellen (Jon) Wasserburger of Minneapolis; son Jed; daughter Melissa (Jim) Armfield of Fargo; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Rachel (Larry) Munzenmeier of Houston, Texas.

Her parents and two brothers preceded Virginia in death.

The family wishes to express grateful thanks to Hospice and the personnel that called on Virginia daily during her time of need. Special thanks to Don and Gloria Fornes, Nancy Messerschmidt and Deb Needham.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, First United Methodist Church, Fargo. Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home of Fargo has been entrusted with arrangements.

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