Dr. Kathy Dixon

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Dr. Kathy Dixon

MARION: Dr. Kathy Dixon, age 49, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

Kathy was born in Fairfield, Illinois, on June 5, 1962, the daughter of Jimmy and Wilma (Clinger) Dixon. Kathy attended Ridgedale High School and graduated valedictorian in the Class of 1980. After high school, Kathy attended college at the Ohio Dominican University in Columbus and from there, attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, graduating in June of 1988.

On New Year's Eve in 1998, Kathy was united in marriage to Mark Davis in Delaware, Ohio. Together Kathy and Mark have been blessed with two beautiful children, Grace and Spencer, who are Kathy's pride and joy. Kathy was called to be many things in life, but being a Mother to her children was her greatest calling. She was devoted and involved every step of the way, starting in preschool and continuing on as a volunteer at the school as a classroom helper. She could also be found coaching at any of her children's sporting activities and she kept the stats for the teams.

Kathy was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Marion, where she and her family attended. As a doctor, Kathy knew that she was serving the Great Physician who gives hope, healing and strength. The faith that she had is the same faith that sustains her family.

Professionally, Kathy has served as a family physician for 21 years. She has truly been a patient advocate and always treated everyone with the highest level of respect and dignity. No matter what was going on, she took whatever time was necessary with each and every patient. She was a stickler for quality work and practiced medicine with a passionate drive for exceptional care. She loved her patients, and her patients loved her as well.

Among many things, Kathy was an active medical staff member at Marion General Hospital for 21 years, President of Marion Independent Physician Association, she was the current Marion County Health Commissioner, Former President of the Medical Staff at Marion General Hospital and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Kathy is survived by her devoted husband, Dr. Mark Davis of Marion; her beloved and cherished children Grace and Spencer; her mother Wilma Clinger of Circleville; siblings: Randy (Jennifer) Dixon of Marion, Keri Dixon of Powell and Connie (Jeff) Russell of Circleville; step-mother Sarah Dixon of Delaware; step-sister Rhonda Dixon of Delaware; mother-in-law Judith Davis of Chillicothe and brother-in-law Matt Davis. Kathy is preceded in death by her father Jimmy Dixon.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 19, 2011 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 233 West Church Street, Marion, from 3PM to 7PM. Funeral services celebrating Kathy's life will be held on Tuesday at The Palace Theater, 276 West Center Street, Marion, at 10AM with Pastor Riley Powell officiating. Burial will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kathy's honor to Riverside Methodist Hospital or to the .

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Kathy's family and condolences may be expressed to them online by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on Dec. 17, 2011
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