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Dixie Ann Turpen Mccracken Cherry

Dixie Ann Turpen McCracken Cherry, 87, passed from this world and entered heaven on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, leaving behind a lifetime of memories and a legacy of strength, independence, and grace.

Graveside services with be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 28, 2023, at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega, TX. Arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brother Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dixie was born to Cisero Maddox “Turp” Turpen and Annie Cleo Foster Turpen on May 28, 1936, at Hodge Camp on the Rowe Ranch south of McLean, TX. Her arrival was nothing short of miraculous as the ranch’s river flooded and Turp rode on horseback to fetch the physician. In true Dixie fashion, she decided she could not wait, and entered this world in her own time. The event was so newsworthy that it made the Dallas Morning News.

Throughout her life, Dixie demonstrated incredible resilience, a trait she instilled in her children and grandchildren. She spent her childhood on the ranch, attended school in McLean, and, in her teenage years, met her best friend and husband, Lee Roy McCracken. They married on January 3, 1953, at the Methodist Church in McLean and made their home in Romero, TX and began a family. Their two children – Leann and Randy – were born while living in Romero. Later, the family moved back to the Rowe Ranch where she continued to assist Lee Roy with daily tasks on the ranch while raising their two children. In 1971, the family moved to Vega for Lee Roy to manage Jay Taylor’s ranch East of town. After both children had graduated, Dixie began career as the principal’s secretary at Vega ISD and remained in her position until retirement in 2011. Dixie loved being a supportive wife and mother, and she cherished her ranch life. She was known for her love of family, dancing, and fashionable clothes.

Dixie is preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy McCracken; parents, Cisero “Turp” and Cleo Turpen; and one brother, Butch Turpen.

Dixie’s memory will live on through her daughter, Leann McCracken Webster; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Kim McCracken; her grandchildren, Tonia Webster Cook, Deanna McCracken Emerson, and Roy Don McCracken; great-grandchildren, Coltyn Cook, Grady Emerson, and Maddox Emerson; and her best friend, Marie Davis.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Cal Farley Boys Ranch or your favorite charity in memory of Dixie.

Viewing will be available from Noon – 8:00 P.M., on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, TX.
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