Lifetime Coffeyville resident Dixie Kay O'Connell, 72, left her earthly body on April 23, 2018 in her house, surrounded by family members. Dixie was born June 19, 1945 in Coffeyville, Kansas, the daughter of Edward V. Miller and Bessie "Elaine" Abshier.
Dixie attended the Coffeyville Public School system and graduated from Field Kindley High School. While in High School, she was a member of the Drum Corp. After graduating, she attended Coffeyville Community College.
January 19, 1964, Dixie married John Joseph Benning. They had three children, Craig Eugene, Deborah Ann and Brenda Kay. John proceeded Dixie in death February 27, 1978. Dixie devoted the next few years to raising her children. She married Patrick N. O'Connell April 24, 1992, combining his children Kelly Diane and John Patrick into one family.
Dixie held just a few positions in her lifetime, all office positions. She worked at Coop Refinery, First United Methodist Church, Bell/Eck Heat & Air, and Apex Heat & Air. In 1997, she and a steering committee, formed Rural Water District # 14. Where she worked as an office manager, bookkeeper and assigned work information until her death.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, active in Drum Corp reunions and avid football fan. She could be found in the same reserved seats her parents sat in for the Red Raven football games. She loved to travel to all her grandchildren's activities. She passed on her love, laughter, travel and flowers to her daughters.
Survivors include her husband, Patrick, former American Family Insurance agent; 2 sons, Craig Benning and wife, Joyce, Mound Ridge, KS, John O'Connell and wife Terri Jo, Coffeyville, KS; 3 daughters, Deborah Henry and husband David, Wichita, KS, Brenda Larson, Wichita, KS and Kelly Hutchinson and her husband Richard, Bartlesville, OK. 1 brother, Larry Miller and wife Nancy, Poughkeepsie, NY; 2 sisters, Donna "Bunny" Justice and husband William "Bill", Muskogee, OK and Cheryl George and husband David, Wichita, KS; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Bessie "Elaine" Miller, her husband John Benning and 1 grandchild, Christopher Sprague.
A Graveside service will be held May 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 2000 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS. She will be placed next to her parents Edward V. and Bessie "Elaine" Miller, with Pastor David Kem of Trinity United Methodist Church officiating. Refreshments will be served at the O'Connell residents following the service. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, for memorials contributions be made payable to "The Ed and Elaine Miller Scholarship Fund" for Field Kindley High School recipients. Contributions may be left in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, KS 67337.
Pat and all of the families! Sorry to read of Dixie's passing! May you all find comfort in the days ahead! In Christ Delene
Delene(Carnine)ScottCherryvale KS, KS
We were so sorry to hear about Dixie. We will be holding you in our prayers.
Tim & Sandi CookLongmont, CO
Cheryl and family, so sorry to hear about your loss; far too soon. We also lost my sister, Shirley, about two years ago, too soon as well. I know we have fond memories of our families camping together and church activities while we were young.
Len LybergerPALOS VERDES ESTATES, CA
Pat and families, May knowing Dixie is at peace and is with our Heavenly Father give you comfort. God be with you.
Jo Lynn and Jim FalknerCoffeyville, KS
Pat, we are so sorry for your loss. Dixie was such a kind lady. She was so good to Dustin when he was working at Eck. Her loving soul will not be forgotten. You are in our prayers.
Debra and Mike BaldwinCoffeyville, KS
Saddened to hear of Dixie's passing. She has crossed the veil and is truly in paradise. May her family find peace and comfort in knowing Dixie is walking with angels.
Mary Ann GarnerCoffeyville, KS
So sad to think of Dixie leaving us all so soon. I had lost contact in the last several years and certainly regret that. Prayers and strength to her children, for whom I have always cared
Virginia HuffmanHavana, KS
Our prayers at with you and your loved ones. Jerry and Jerrie Ann Lowrance
Debbie and David, we are so sorry for your loss. If anything we can do to help, please let us know. Love , Koko and Ab
Koko DirkzwagerWichita, KS
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Cher’ BrownLouisburg, KS
Larry Benningcoffeyville, KS
Pat, Cheryl, and families: Condolences to you both and families on Dixie's passing. Although I haven't been around Dixie in the last few years, I had known her from grade school at McKinley. She was a next door neighbor to my best friend at the time when they lived around Buckeye and 8th street in Coffeyville. We always had a good time playing together. She was always a good person to be around. God bless your families!
Dale & Joan Elsheimer DarbyCoffeyville, KS
My deepest sympathies. Dixie was one of a kind.
Amber Seese MartinWapakoneta, OH
Pat, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know you will be in our thought and prayers.
Jim & Eva SchoonoverCoffeyville, KS
I was saddened to learn of Dixie's passing. I was a friend of Dixie's ever since our days together in the Methodist Church and then as Drum Corps sisters at FKHS. Her smile and laughter will remain in my memory. My condolences and prayers go out to her husband and children. God Bless.
Sue Elliott StaudtCoffeyville, KS
I admired Dixie's courage, caring attitude, & common sense...and she nurtured a fine family. Sympathy to you all as you celebrate her life & mourn her passing from this earth. May you be a comfort to one another.
Sally HollidayLiberty, KS
Pat and Family, we were shocked to learn of Dixie's illness and subsequent passing. I am sure you know she was much more than an employee, but was also a friend. She was always so pleasant and upbeat. She was a true giver and will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers, Randy and Kathy Bell
Kathy and Randy BellCoffeyville, KS
You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!
Kay HyattCoffeyville, KS