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A Celebration of Life Service for Dixie Lee Atkins Huff, 47, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 at West Plains High School Gymnasium, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Please join family and friends at this celebration of Dixie’s life and mourning of her passing.

Dixie lost her fight with NASH disease on Monday, November 25, 2013 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. She was born to William (Bill) and Wilma Hicks Atkins on October 5, 1966 in Overland Park, Kansas. On May 21, 1988, Dixie married her best friend and love of her life, Jeffrey Curtis Huff. On January 10, 1998, Dixie and Jeff became overnight parents with the arrival of Ashley, January and April into their lives. In recent years, Dixie became the proud Nana to James, Brayden, Laityn and Emory. Dixie treasured her family above all else and looked forward to spoiling her grandsons as they grew up. She instilled in her family the motto: Live well, Laugh often, Love much.

Also, important in Dixie’s life was her profession. Her education began in West Plains R-7 Schools, from which she graduated in 1985. Dixie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Missouri State University and her Master’s in Education from Southwest Baptist and was working on a second Master’s in Criminology. Dixie began her teaching career at Couch High School, Myrtle, Missouri, where she spent seven happy years before joining the West Plains High School faculty. She taught in the science department at West Plains High School for seventeen years where she served as student council sponsor, science department head and professional development representative. Dixie had also served as an adjunct chemistry faculty member at Missouri State University-West Plains. Dixie took great pride in her professional life and received much joy in the lives and successes of her students.

Dixie is survived by her husband, Jeff, her three daughters, her four grandsons, and many loving friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her big brother, William (Billy) Atkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dixie Huff Memorial Scholarship at Missouri State University and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

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