Dixie Howard Brodmerkle, 94, of Jaffrey, died Sunday January 27, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Health Care Center in Jaffrey. She was born October 8, 1918 in Waxhaw, NC, daughter of the late Richard M. and Margaret (Sims) Kimbrell. She was a 1936 graduate of Waxhaw High School. Dixie has been a resident of Jaffrey since 1938. She had worked as a bookkeeper for many years, starting at W.W. Cross Co during the World War II era. She later went on to hold positions at Haye’s Motor Sales and ultimately at the former Atlas Fireworks Co. She was a past member of the Jaffrey Woman’s Club. She enjoyed working in her gardens and maintaining the Howard Memorial Park on Cheshire Pond in Jaffrey. The park was given to the town in the 1960’s by Dixie’s family and was later dedicated in honor of her husband Charles and his brother George Howard, both World War II veterans. The park has been maintained over the years by the Jaffrey VFW and serves as a gathering spot each Memorial Day by Jaffrey veterans and their families. Most of all, Dixie loved being a mother and caretaker to her family, children and friends. A true southern belle, Dixie endlessly tended to others. Dixie was married to Charles H. Howard Jr. He died July 28,1963. She later married Earl E. Brodmerkle in February,1989. He died July 14, 2007. She is survived by her son Charles H. “Tex” Howard III and his wife Carolyn of Jaffrey; her daughter Myrna H. Rand and her husband James of Davie, Florida; three grandchildren Allison Berry and her husband Daniel of Champagne,IL, Jonathan Howard and his wife Sarah of Newmarket, NH and Shawn Rand of Davie, Florida; one great grand-daughter Quinn Howard of Newmarket, NH; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by her three brothers Thomas H. Kimbrell of Monroe, NC, Jack E. Kimbrell of Forest City, NC and Charles H. Kimbrell of New Bern, NC
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the V.F.W. Howard Memorial Park Maintenance Fund, 22 Hathorn Road, P.O. Box 483, Jaffrey NH 03452.
As per her request, there will be no calling hours and private committal services, in the family lot at St. Patrick Cemetery, Jaffrey, will be at the convenience of the family.