Dixie Harmeyer Knowles Obituary

Dixie L Harmeyer Knowles
Dixie L Harmeyer Knowles

September 30, 1936 - February 2, 2023
Born in Des Moines
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Dixie, age 86, passed away on February 2, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 9, 2023 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, where her family will greet friends from 9-11 a.m.

Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, Donald B. and Dessa (West) Smith; her first husband, John R. Harmeyer; her second husband, William E. Knowles; and her brother, Darwin Smith.

Dixie graduated from East High School in 1955. She volunteered for nearly 50 years at the Mercy Auxiliary Guild and the Mercy Hospital Foundation, and she was a proud member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Above all, Dixie’s greatest accomplishment was taking care of her family. She loved her four children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren fiercely. Dixie — or as her family called her, Grammie — had a special way of consistently showing her immense, unwavering love through gestures both big and small. She valued quality time with family and never missed a chance to gather together.

A deep faith guided Dixie’s daily life, and she instilled its importance in her loved ones. She suffered great losses over the years, but Dixie never failed to persevere. Her profound strength and independence inspired those around her to carry themselves the same way.

Dixie Lee was truly one of a kind. She left a lasting impression on everyone she met, thanks to her wit, wisdom, spirit, and singular sense of style. Whether it was a fur vest, leopard print pants, or leather loafers, Dixie dressed to the nines — even if she was just driving to Starbucks. Dixie was a treasure trove of quotable one-liners that those who were lucky enough to hear them will be reciting for years with fond laughter.

Dixie is lovingly remembered by her children: Cyndi Harmeyer Fisher (Rand), David Harmeyer (Jeanne), Tim Harmeyer (Sarah), and Patrick Harmeyer; grandchildren: Meredith King (Brian), Max Fisher (Maggie Rose), Maggie Fisher, Kathryn Harmeyer, Charlie Harmeyer, Claire Harmeyer, Emma Pitz (Logan), John Harmeyer, and Sammy Harmeyer; great-grandchildren: Benton King, Genevieve King, Vivienne King, Barrett King, Isabelle Pitz, Brooklyn Fisher; and stepchildren: Mary Pat O’Malley, Therese Bender, and Dan Knowles.

Memorial contributions may be given to the John and Dixie Harmeyer Scholarship Fund at Dowling Catholic High School.




St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
7075 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA US 50266
Thursday, February 9, 2023
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
7075 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA US 50266
Thursday, February 9, 2023
11:00 AM