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Obituary of Dixie Ivory Clarke
Dixie C. Ivory Clarke was born May 6, 1954, the 12th child born to Henry W. Ivory and Willie Mae Walker Ivory in Lockney, Texas. Dixie attended elementary school in Quitaque, Texas, and High School in Silverton, Texas. She was baptized in her early childhood to Macedonia Baptist Church, and loved the Lord.
Dixie started her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Silverton. She was a free spirit, met no strangers, and was always overly gracious and would give her last to anyone in need. She was the biggest Diva you could ever meet and had an imagination that ran wild and reflected in her arts and crafts known as Dixie Doodles. There were no barriers in her imagination on what she could and could not do.
Dixie met Jerry A. Clarke Jr. while both were working at Excel Meat Packing Co. in Amarillo, Texas. Dixie and Jerry married in August of 1989, in Quitaque, Texas. Dixie and Jerry had a blended family; Dixie united her two daughters, Shelly and Summer, with Jerry’s daughters, Christina and Jessica. Together as a family, they left Texas in the early 1990s, where they had lived for approximately four to five years, moving to Olympia, Washington, in 1994 where Dixie resided.
Dixie passed away March 21, 2021, in Olympia. She was preceded in death by parents, Henry W. Ivory and Willie Mae Walker Ivory; daughter, Summer S. Williams; four brothers, H.W Ivory, J.W Ivory, Billy N. Ivory and Wesley J. Ivory; and sister, Pastor Cora C. Brown. She leaves, to be cherished in their memories, her husband, Jerry A. Clarke Jr.; and three daughter, Shelly M. Williams Harris (Germaine) of Olympia, Christina M. Williams (Eric) of Syracuse, New York, and Jessica J. Clarke of Olympia. She also leaves behind four sisters, Ella M. Oliver of Ft. Worth, Texas, Nellie F. Poley of Casa Grande, Arizona, Kathryn Davis (Charles) of Quinlan, Texas, and Henrietta Scoggins of Quitaque, Texas; three brothers, Joshua Ivory of Amarillo, Texas, Fineas Ivory (Margaret) of Amarillo, Texas, and Clarence E. Ivory of Quitaque, Texas. She also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a niece/sister, Jo Ann Poley Coleman; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.
There will be a celebration of Dixie's home going on Monday, March 29, 2021, 2:00 p.m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater WA 98501.
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