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Dixie Morlen

Dixie L. Morlen, age 74 of Highland, died Wednesday, May 08, 2019, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

She was born on April 30, 1945, in Highland, IL, the daughter of  Willard and Edith (nee Steiner) Maden.

On December 16, 1967 she married Dale A. Morlen  at E & R Church in Troy, IL.  He passed away on March 21, 2015.

She was a former member of Business & Professional Women’s Club  and participated with 2 card clubs.

Dixie grew up in Troy, IL and graduated Triad High School in 1963.  She attended Stevens College in Columbia, MO.  She returned to Troy, then lived in Granite City, St. Charles, MO, and Highland, IL in 1970.  She started Picket Fence Child’s Clothing Store in 1975.  She was an avid crafter.  She was a talented painter and proficient with oils and water color, and very artistic.  She loved animals and always had a dog.  She and her husband started Highland Animal  Shelter.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy E. (Michael) Taylor or Highland; grandchildren, Chloe Elizabeth Huelsmann of Highland, and Seth Allen Huelsmann of Highland; step grandchildren, Jordan Lee Taylor of San Diego, Calif., Tobie Lynn Taylor of Belleville; and Daniel Jacob Taylor of Belleville; and great grandchild, Ember R. Klaus of Highland.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willard “Shiek” Maden; mother, Edith “Eppie” Maden (nee Steiner); husband, Dale A. Morlen; and step-grandchild, Caleb Michael Taylor.

Visitation was held on May 13 and 14 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Funeral services/mass were held on May 14 at the funeral home, with Rev. Leonard Pye officiating.

Internment was at Highland City Cemetery in Highland.

Memorial constributions may be made to the Highland Animal Shelter.

Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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