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Obituary of Dixie Sue Wursten Parrish
Dixie Sue Parrish was born in Ogden, Utah to Dean and Mary Lou Wursten on January 19, 1956. She had three brothers: Craig, Dean (Clair) and Mike. One sister Cindy. She moved to Mesa, Arizona when she was an infant. This was her home! She attended Hawthorne Elementary, then Kino Junior high, Westwood High School, (She met a young man from Queen Creek, JD). Then Mesa Community College, on to BYU. JD and Dixie married after his mission. Dixie finished her Education at ASU with her Master’s degree in Education.
While JD was attending Art School in Los Angeles, Dixie’s first teaching position was at 112th school in Watts in South Central L.A. Dixie loved teaching there!!! Dixie was a powerful influence to the children in that community. She would bring her students from Watts to spend weekends to our home.
Back to Mesa, she taught for Mesa Public Schools for the next 30+ years. She was a gifted teacher and loved her students and fellow teachers. Dixie never complained at home about her students or her fellow teachers.
Dixie was a Type 1 diabetic since she was nineteen. The doctors advised her not to have children. Never tell Dixie not to do anything! She spent the first six years of our marriage taking fertility pills and shots and daily prayers as she wanted to have a baby so badly!!! Her prayers were answered! We were blessed with our beautiful non diabetic daughter Keli. She loved her daughter so much! Her prayers were answered. That didn’t stop her! Dixie started praying and taking pills and fertility medications again for another six years! Her prayers were answered again with Brooke! A second perfect non diabetic daughter. Her daughters were her whole purpose for living!
In 2016, she began to show symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s. The Lord answered her prayers once more and took that away from her. Early Christmas morning she had a stroke and peacefully passed away on New Year’s Day.
Travel, exercise, and eating right were important to her but she really learned to like “Swigs!”To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dixie Parrish, please visit Tribute Store