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Shirley Lee Dix

June 6, 1942 — May 30, 2022

Shirley L. Dix, 79, of Topeka, passed away Monday, May 30, 2022, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. She was born June 6, 1942, on her grandparent’s farm near Burdick, Kan., to Ernest and Leah (Nely) Cheever.

She graduated from Centre High School with the class of 1962.

On June 6, 1984, she married Gerald R. Dix at the Herington United Methodist Church Parsonage. They made their home in Delavan before moving to Herington in May 2005. Shirley moved to Topeka in May 2014 to be closer to her greatest joy, her grandson Dakota.

Shirley worked many jobs as a waitress for Mom’s Café, at Western Auto and later in the meat department of Stiles Thriftway before becoming a mother and homemaker.

She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, gardening, cooking and baking and was best known by many for her homemade cinnamon rolls. Shirley also loved donating her time to her daughter’s school and her church doing everything from organizing funeral dinners to teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband, step-grandson Lester Denbow, and brothers-in-law Harrison “Wally” McWhorter Sr. and Ether “Lee” Davis Jr.; and sister in law and brother in law Gwendolyn and Darrell “Mack” McClure.

She is survived by her daughter Shandi (Jeremy) Banaka of Hoyt, Kan., step-daughter Carol Denbow of Saco, Maine; grandson Dakota Pase of Hoyt, unborn granddaughter Raylee Jaymes Banaka, step-grandchildren Joey Denbow and Lissa Day, both of Maine; 14 step-great grandchildren and 3 step great-great grandchildren; sisters Mary Ann Davis of St. Joseph, Mich., Ilene McWhorter of Bennington, Kan.; brothers Donald Cheever of Salina, Kan., Kenneth (Ida) Cheever of Abilene, Kan.; sister-in-law Marilyn (Paul) Campbell of Herington; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her family will gather with friends on Friday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Herington. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. led by Pastor Brian Polin at the First Baptist Church, Herington. Shirley will be laid to rest in Delavan Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to Shandi Banaka for grandchildren’s educational fund or sent to the funeral home. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Shirley at .

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, June 3, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Herington Chapel

404 S Broadway St, Herington, KS 67449

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Funeral Service

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

First Baptist Church, Herington

210 E Hawley St, Herington, KS 67449

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