Dixie Barnum Larkin – Featured Alumni of September 2014

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Dixie Barnum Larkin, Class of ’62 fondly remembers her years at Dixie College. During her freshman year, she was a member of the “Southern Belles” (later known as the Rebelettes), and then danced as a songleader on the cheer/dance team during her sophomore year. Amazingly, that year three of the 12 girls on the cheer/dance team were named “Dixie.” She served as dorm president at the old Dixiana dormitory, where there was only one telephone to serve the entire building of girls. Back then, the school was so small and intimate that the teachers were able to take a uniquely personal interest in each student. Dixie recalls that during her freshman year, she became so ill that she spent a week in the hospital. Her English teacher Pansy Hardy came to the hospital every day to assist her with her homework to make sure she didn’t get behind.

After receiving her Associate’s degree from Dixie College, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the former College of Southern Utah in Cedar City, now known as Southern Utah University. She married Dale Larkin (class of ’63) in 1964. Since graduation, she has been the co-owner and founder of the ABC Shop, a children’s and maternity clothing store in St. George, as well as the co-owner and director of Kiddie Kampus pre-school. She and her husband currently own and manage an online retail business.

Dixie has been involved in extensive church and community service, including working on the committee to restore the St. George Opera House. She and her husband Dale have served as Mission President and companion in the Spain Bilbao Mission, and they are currently serving as President and Matron of the St. George LDS Temple.

They are the parents of 5 children, all of whom have also graduated from Dixie College. Their two daughters followed in their mother’s dance-steps as members of the Rebelette dance team. Dixie and Dale are also are the proud grandparents of 17 grandchildren. They currently live in St. George, where they plan to stay forever.
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