Mary Katherine Renier-Dixon


Mary Katherine Renier-Dixon, (Kathy), age 70, of Webb City, Mo., passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Kathy was born on February 5, 1949, in Neosho, Mo., the daughter of Floyd (Buck) and Helen (Soma) Petty.
She proudly served her country as part of the U.S. Army for over 27 years. At the age of 25 Kathy enlisted as an Artillery Ballistic Meteorologist. In July of 1980 she received a direct appointment to Warrant Officer, (WO1), becoming the first female Field Artillery Warrant Officer. Kathy then served various assignments in the Continental United States, completed a degree in electronics, and an assignment as an Aviation Electronics Technician, in South Korea. In March of 1990, Kathy was assigned to the Radar Repair Instruction Branch at Fort Sill, Okla., where she restructured the Military Occupational Skill training, resulting in an increase of technical performance of students attending training. In 1995 Kathy was assigned as Avionics Platoon leader for an AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter squadron, Camp Eagle, South Korea. After a successful rotation in Korea, Kathy was assigned as Commander of the Ordinance Training Detachment at Ft Sill. Kathy's leadership, dedication and expertise led her to being promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Five, (CW5). Among her many awards and commendations is the Legion of Merit, (one of only two medals that can be worn around the neck, the second being the Medal of Honor). Kathy retired from the Army in 2002.
Following the Army, Kathy worked as a software analyst supporting the Fires Software Engineering Division, at Fort Sill, on the FIREFINDER Training Device. She retired from working in 2008.
Kathy married John Dixon on January 1, 1981, in Lawton, Okla. He survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Tony Renier, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wesley Renier, of Tulsa; one daughter, Diane Gunn, of Elgin, Okla.; three sisters, Patricia Reeder and husband, David, of Webb City, Nancy O'Neal, of Webb City, Karen Ellison and husband, Larry, of Lake Hills, Texas; one brother, Rick Lowry and wife, Gail, of Elgin; and five grandchildren, Danja, Claudia, Rylea, Alena and Mina. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Floyd (Bucky) Petty and Robert Petty; and a sister, Sara Varenhorst.
The family will receive friends during a time of visitation from 6-7 p.m. Monday, February 11, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, at the Greenwood Methodist Cemetery, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, in care of the mortuary.
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Sandy (saulsmann) China Price
Feb 10, 2019
I am so sorry for your lost. She was amazing all the things she accomplised in her life. I remember her when we are young and sweet carying, and fun person.
Sharon Buzzard
Feb 10, 2019
Sad to hear of another loss to the Petty family and to the Belfast community. Deepest condolences.