Archive for Thursday, November 30, 2006

Obituary: Dixie Carol Sharp Heim

November 30, 2006



Dixie Heim, 68, Lawrence, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Entombment will follow the service at the Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30.

Mrs. Heim was born Feb. 28, 1938. She was adopted by Ralph and Maurine Stultz and raised in Bonner Springs. She graduated from Bonner Springs High School in 1956 and from St. Luke's School of Nursing in 1959.

Her nursing career included work at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she worked as an ER Supervisor, Operating Room Director, and was part of starting the first acute care ward with three beds on a sun porch.

She went on to graduate from the Nurse Clinician program at Wichita State University in 1974 and in 1980 received her Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner certificate. She worked with various physicians in Lawrence using her advanced practice degree, including Dr. Robert Hughes and Dr. Dean Bray.

She was instrumental in starting Health Care Access in Lawrence in which she provided care for the uninsured. She was a house supervisor at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka from 1981 to 1994. She also worked in several rural clinics as a midlevel provider and eventually retired after working with Dr. Robert Jacoby in Topeka.

She was a preceptor for the Kansas University School of Nursing and worked with many nurse-practitioners in training. Many became "adopted" daughters.

She received the 1970 Outstanding Young Woman of America award and in 1994 was a recipient of the KU Heart of Healthcare Award. She loved to read, plant things, play with her grandchildren and travel to Branson, Mo.

She is survived by her husband, Ben Heim, of the home; two sons, Bryan Sharp, Tucson, Ariz.; and Andrew Sharp, Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Diane Wilkins, Topeka; and grandchildren, Stephanie, Mark, Dixie, Mikayla, Cassandra, Kyle, Sara, Mykenna, Hailey, Keane, Caliope, and Madison.

"I thought I was really going to give a lot. Well, let me tell you, I got a lot. I got to do what I'm good at -- being with and caring for people." -- Dixie Heim

Arrangements: Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, (785) 843-5111.

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