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Kency Ethel Viola Dixon 82,of Belvidere, went to be with Jesus on October 31, 2018, after a long illness. She was born in Berga, Sweden on November 17, 1935 to Engelbert and Ebba (Sandell) Peterson. Kency married John H. Dixon on October 11, 1958. Kency was so thankful to her husband for his loving care over the past years. She will be missed. Kency came from Sweden at the age of 21 with a smile and a Swedish pancake recipe. She came at a difficult time, as John's first wife had passed away from the flu, leaving him with four young boys under the age of five. John answered Kency's ad in the newspaper requesting employment for housekeeping and caring for children. Mom took care of all of us. Three things we will especially miss and are grateful for was her smile. Mom taught us to bake Swedish bread, bullar, and cookies that made the kitchen smell wonderful. Lastly, Mom gave each one of us a deep love for different cultures and people who needed help in various ways. It is a wonderful thing to see differences as opportunities. We grew up in an Italian-Swedish home and as diverse as those two cultures are, we are grateful. Thank you again Dad for all your care for that Swedish girl with a smile and a recipe. Kency was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere and volunteered for Swedish American Hospital from February 1979 to December 1993. She was also a volunteer at Fairhaven Christian Home coffee shop.

Survivors include her devoted husband, John of sixty years; sons, John (Cindy) Dixon, Jim (Joyce) Dixon, Lee (Joan) Dixon, and Paul (Lois) Dixon; daughters, Jeanne (Mark) Anderson and Jill (Brian) Gunnink; two nephews, Brad (Martha) Martin and Michael (Hanan) Martin; 25 precious grandchildren; and 29 precious great-grandchildren with one coming in December. Special thanks to Fairhaven Christian Retirement Home and Heartland Hospice.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave., Rockford, IL 61104. Visitation will be prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery.

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  1. Karin Lindberg

    John, Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We have enjoyed getting to know Kency over the years and sharing in her love of all things Swedish. A very special lady ! Gary and Karin Lindberg

  2. Shawn Mohr

    Kency and John were close friends of my parents and were a fixture in my younger years. I was saddened to hear of her passing and will always remember her beautiful , kind spirit and an example how to live life in Christ. .... oh, and the pancakes:). Blessings to all the Dixon clan.

  3. Kent and Marti Mallquist

    John, so sorry to learn of Kency's passing. She was a delightful lady, I loved reading how you two met. It was exactly the same for my paternal grandfather many years ago in Sweden. I enjoyed talking a little Swedish with Kency whenever we met.our best to the family.

  4. Daniel Sedols

    Rhonda and I are praying for your family. We know that it can be difficult. Daniel Sedols

  5. Kimberly

    Sending love and prayers to your family. Jeanne and Jill have continued the kindness from their mother and blessed it on. Love Kim

  6. Alan and Angela Neese

    Condolences to the Dixon family. We are praying for you guys.

  7. Bob and Linda Schut

    You have our prayers. We know how much she was loved.

  8. Ron and Linda Davison

    Our deepest condolence to you and your family John! Kency was a very caring person who made you feel welcome whenever you saw her. Prayers to you and your family.

  9. Marge Goldhagen

    Kency was such a special person in my life. Always a smile on her face. My condolences to you, her family, who she loved dearly.

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