Dixie June Hagen joined her beloved husband Gilbert Wayne Hagen and son Scott Brian Hagen in Heaven on Aug. 5, 2020, after a very brief battle with ovarian cancer (not COVID).
She is survived by her three daughters, Sharon (Lance) Backhaus of Hazen, North Dakota, Sandra (Mike) Smith of Wasilla, Alaska, and Susan Hagen of Palmer, Alaska; two siblings, Gwen (Don) Chaplin of Selah, WA and Jane (Frank) Rocha of Bothell, WA; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Dixie had recently celebrated her 87th birthday on April 6. She was born in Lynden on April 6, 1933, to Dixon and Gayle (Walston) Beernink. Wayne and Dixie were married on March 8, 1952. Soon after, Wayne left to serve in the Korean War while Dixie continued her education and became a registered nurse. They moved to Austin, Texas, where Wayne continued his service with the Air Force as an MP. They moved to Pullman, WA where Wayne completed his degree in criminal justice, while Dixie was a stay-at-home mother.
In 1960 they moved to Alaska as Wayne had joined the Alaska State Troopers. Dixie continued to raise their four children, along with taking care of over 300 Alaskan Huskies, being active in her children’s and husband’s sled dog racing as well as her own racing. She also showed Collies and Boston Terriers. Once her children were in school, Dixie went back into the workforce, as a registered nurse in a nursing home and eventually a hospital.
Upon retiring from nursing, Dixie returned to Lynden in 1994 to care for her mother. She became very involved with various Bridge clubs (and she loved to play Bridge) and also the Lynden Senior Center. She even was able to play Bridge with her friends the week prior to her passing.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Lynden Community/Senior Center, Hospice or a local animal shelter.
Due to COVID, her memorial will possibly be in 2021, to be determined, with an announcement in the paper then.