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Dixie Lou Stevens, 90, of Unionville, Iowa, passed away on March 16, 2024 at the Putnam County Care Center in Unionville Mo.

Dixie was born on January 21, 1934 to Cecil and Edna Willard at the home of her maternal grandparents (Jack and Flora Lewis) in Brunswick, Mo.

Dixie moved to Marshalltown, IA. in 1947 and graduated from high school in 1951. Dixie married her high school sweetheart Merl Stevens on February 8, 1952. Dixie worked for many years at Alliant Energy in Marshalltown, retiring in November 1991, before moving to a quiet plot of land in southern Iowa. which she and Merl loved dearly. Dixie had many hobbies that she enjoyed including macrame, oil painting, ceramics, crafts and especially enjoying country life with her dear husband Merl.

Dixie is preceded in death by her parents Cecil & Edna Willard, brother Gary Willard, sisters Rosemary Willard, Jean Yarbrough and Melody Anne Burk, nephew Glenn Burk, brother-in-law Ray Stevens, sister-in-law Louise Stevens, her in-laws Asa & Hannah Stevens, many others nieces and nephews, and her loving husband of 70 years, Merl Stevens.

Survivors include niece Doris Bonell, brother-in-law Roger Harvill, niece Pam Yarbrough, nephew Gary Burk, nephew Jeff Tinsley and other nieces and nephews. As per her wishes, cremation rites have been carried out and Merl and Dixie will be buried in a private ceremony at Albion Cemetery next to Merl’s parents Asa and Hannah.