OBITUARY

Claudia Kay Dixon

July 11, 1952April 26, 2021
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Claudia Kay Dixon, age 68 of Birmingham passed away Monday, April 26, 2021. Claudia was born in Indiana before moving to Birmingham in 1984. She grew up on a family farm in Kokomo, Indiana. She played string bass and was in the school jazz and symphony bands. She worked for A&P for several years where she met the love of her life, Gary (a city boy). Claudia then worked with the Birmingham City Schools as a teacher aide and then educational interpreter. She was also involved with the Birmingham Area Interpreter Training, Inc. (BAIT, Inc.) group for 15 years. She gave over 40 years of her time and money to support the Deaf and Christian communities while raising her own two children. Claudia was preceded in death by her parents Claude and Thelma Lybrook; brother, Gary Lybrook; brother-in-law, Dick Welch and father-in-law James Dixon. Survivors include her husband Gary Dixon; daughter Myriah Dixon; son Matthew Dixon; sisters: Joy Welch and Alexis Taubert; mother-in-law Anona Dixon; sister-in-law Beverly (Joe) Albright; sister-in-law LouAnn Lybrook; four nephews and two nieces as well as many other extended family members in Indiana. Claudia taught us to give of ourselves, support your friends and family when they are in need, and help others any way you can. Many deaf students’ lives were impacted by her generosity and efforts to help them reach their full potentials. She fought for improvements in the field of deaf education and ASL/English interpreting. Her Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Ridout’s Elmwood Chapel. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. The family asks you to wear purple (her favorite color) as we celebrate Claudia’s life. Another Celebration of Life service will take place in Rossville, Indiana on May 29, 2021.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

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Cynthia Jones

May 6, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you Gary, Matthew, and Myriah. Claudia was not only a close colleague but also a cherished friend to me. It was such a joy to work with her when Matthew was in my class. She worked tirelessly to ensure Matthew as well as the other students received the best education possible. I will never forget the warmth of her smile and the prettiest eyes I had ever seen. She was kind, thoughtful, caring, and straightforward. Those eyes of hers would emit fire and that smile would be gone in a hot second whenever she perceived the hearing-impaired children were not being treated fairly.
She will forever be remembered by me and my kids for her outstanding cooking skills used in making her famous Mississippi Mud Cake as a Christmas present for us.

Claudia will be greatly missed by all. May God give you His peace, comfort, and strength in the days ahead.

Mamie Lewis

April 29, 2021

Claudia and I have been friends and co- workers over 30 years. I must say it’s been a great journey. She has touched my life like no one else. We met when our children were in elementary school. We
remained close through the years.
Claudia was a giver. She was a giver of her
time, her patience, and her love. Claudia
supported me in some of the toughest times in my life. The passing of my parents and the loss of my house in a fire. Claudia was a sweet, caring, loving soul. She will forever be in my heart. I will miss her dearly.

Deborah Thompson Buford

April 29, 2021

Mariah and Matthew your mom will be quite missed by all of us. Truly she was your first teacher but she also interpreted for so many. God blessed her with that gift. She now has a new life in the Spirit and she will walk among many of God's angels. She will always reside in your hearts forever more. God bless you and let his light shine upon you.
Your kindergarten teacher, Deborah Thompson Buford

Beverly Albright

April 28, 2021

We loved her laughter, quick wit, extreme devotion to her family and the deaf community and, most importantly, her turtle cake. It was heavenly! We will miss you, dear daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and aunt (your Michigan family).

Mary Ann Gray

April 27, 2021

I have known Claudia since my daughter was three years old, she is now 37. Claudia was her educational interpreter for many years. Stacey made her a card one time and it clearly stated... To my Inputer. (interpreter).. Claudia still has the card after all these years. It was endearing to her.

She wanted all deaf children to have a chance to become language proficient and have a good quality of life.

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