Obituary of Dixie Kalm

Dixie Lou Kalm, age 72, a resident of rural Arcadia, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

She was born February 24, 1948, in Xenia, Kansas, the daughter of Eugene Charles “Curley” Williams and Margaret Frances Russell Williams.

Dixie married Keith Edward Kalm on February 16, 1969.  In earlier years, Dixie had been employed by the Western Insurance Company.

Following the birth of her son, Steven, Dixie became a stay at home mom.  In 2002, she became the secretary of the First Baptist Church in Ft. Scott and remained there until ill health forced her retirement just a few months ago.

She enjoyed crafts of all kinds and often shared her talent with 4-H and Vacation Bible School activities.  She enjoyed feeding the hummingbirds and watching sports of all kinds.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church.


Survivors include her son, Steven Kalm and wife, April, of Girard, Kansas; two grandchildren, Austin O’Dell and fiancé, Rikki Falkin and Ashlynn O’Dell.  Also surviving is a brother, Don Williams, of Blue Mound, Kansas and in-laws, Raymond Kalm, of Garland, Kansas; Lewis Kalm and wife, Jeanie, of Frontenac and Kathryn Doerfler and husband, Dave, of Ft. Scott, Kansas and several nieces and nephews.

Dixie was preceded in death by her husband, Keith, on July 4, 2003.  She was also preceded in death by her parents.


Pastor Bob Kraus will conduct graveside services at 11:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 13th at the Sheffield Cemetery near Arcadia, Kansas.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. prior to leaving for the cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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