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In Memoriam

This page is dedicated to supporters of the Portland Highland Games who are no longer with us.

Dixie McKendrick

March 7, 1924 ~ February 8, 2012

Dixie was President of the Portland Highland Games Association, 1981 – 1982.

Remembering a wonderful lady as we hear the news that Dixie McKendrick has passed away. Dixie chaired many Games committees, held almost every position on the Executive Board, and was President and a Life Member. And, she was the ultimate competition Mom to all her children, and many other competitors, who piped, danced and drummed. We owe a lot to her for keeping the Games and the Scottish community going for many years.

Dixie Turner McKendrick died at home in Lake Oswego on Feb. 8, 2012. She was born to Ennis and Caroline Losh Turner on March 7, 1924, in Hillsboro. Dixie spent most of her childhood in Cloverdale, where she graduated from Nestucca Union High School in 1942. After moving to Portland, she joined the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve, serving until 1946. On Nov. 7, 1946, she married the late Robert O. McKendrick. For more than 40 years they lived together in Lake Oswego, where they raised six daughters and one son.

Dixie was dedicated to volunteer service. She was active in Head Start, Toastmistress International, the American Institute of Parliamentarians and the Portland Highland Games Association for many years and belonged to the St. Andrew's Society of Oregon. A member of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church since 1960, Dixie served as Sunday school superintendent for over 35 years, remembered by generations of children. Dixie is survived by her seven children, Robbi Brewer, Sandi McKendrick, Christie Barrick, Bonnie Diessner and Amy Rap of Portland; Laurie Wishart of Victoria, British Columbia; and Robert E. McKendrick of Lake Oswego. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her brother, Stanley E. Turner of Tillamook; and her cherished daughter-in-law, Leah McKendrick, who cared for her at home for the last years of her life. A private family memorial service has been held.

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