Dixie Deems Harper

Dixie Deems Harper, 90, passed away peacefully, January 3, 2023, at Bridge Haven in Lawrence, KS, after a short illness.

She was born February 21, 1932, in Butler, MO, to John Clyde Deems and Elizabeth (Searfus) Deems. She was married to her high school sweetheart Theron J. Harper at the home of her parents on July 17, 1949. They were happily married for 73 years. He survives at Bridge Haven.

Theron and Dixie had five children:  Stephen Kyle, Kathi Sue Hunsinger, Theron Kevin, Roderick Deems, and Elizabeth Ann Spring. She was a homemaker all of her life. Dixie and Theron, along with their children, owned and operated Deems Farm Equipment in Lawrence for more than 30 years. She was a member of University Community of Christ Church in Lawrence.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, all seven of her siblings, her oldest son Kyle, her youngest daughter Libby, son-in-law Chris ‘ElviHunsinger, and her great-grandson Reese Massey.

She is survived by daughter Kathi Hunsinger, sons Kevin (Becky, Theresa, Theron Craig), Rod (Barbara, Erica, Rod Jr.), son-in-law Jim Spring (Travis, Kelly Renick), grandchildren: Jeanne, Julie, Jennifer, Branden, Whitney, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

As per her wishes, no public services are planned at this time. The family suggests memorials to Ascend Hospice and University Community of Christ Church. Donations may be sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS, 66044.