JoRita  Dixson
JoRita (Grimes) Dixson of Norman, Oklahoma was born to Robert Weldon and Lucille (Bivens) Grimes in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 6, 1935. She passed at the age of 84 on October 24, 2019.
JoRita met Bobby Dean Dixson in 1950 during their sophomore English class at Southeast High School. They began dating during their senior year when Bob played basketball and JoRita was the basketball queen. JoRita married Bob, the love of her life, on January 15, 1955 in Oklahoma City. The couple shared almost 65 years of marriage before her passing. They initially made their home in Southwest Oklahoma City before moving to Norman in 1975, where they have resided ever since.
JoRita was a dedicated and active member of Bethel Baptist Church where she attended the Senior Adult Class. JoRita had many friends at church and rarely missed an opportunity for fellowship. She cared for her fellow parishioners, often providing a meal or a warm hug to those in need. She had a servant heart for others, always caring and wanting to minister to anyone who knew her. She was known for the thoughtful cards and notes she would send to anyone who might need an encouraging word.
JoRita loved her family, and especially adored her grandchildren, making every effort to attend ball games and dance recitals. She enjoyed cooking everything from stew to pot roast, but her specialty was baked beans and banana pudding. She had a great appreciation for nature, and frequently took foliage tours in Arkansas and Branson with family and friends. She also took great pride in the "Peace" and "Barbara Bush" roses she cultivated in her yard.
JoRita was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Janet Dixson, and grandson Grayson Smith. She is survived by: husband Bobby; daughters Rita Christle of Frisco, Texas and Kathy Smith and husband Pat of Norman; brother Gerald Grimes of Oklahoma City; grandchildren Ryan Christle, Austin Smith, and Caroline Smith; great-grandson Callum Smith; and a host of friends who loved her dearly.
Visitation will be held 2:00pm-4:00pm, Sunday, October 27, Tribute Memorial Care, 708 24th Ave. NW, Norman. Services to celebrate JoRita's life will be held at Bethel Baptist Church in Norman (1717 W. Lindsay St) on Monday, October 28th at 1:00pm, with Pastor Matt Brown and Reverend Bruce Ingram officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City.
JoRita's family has entrusted her care to Tribute Memorial Care in Norman (708 24th Ave NW, 405.292.4787). Condolences and memories of JoRita may be shared on the funeral home's website at www.tribute.care.
Published on October 25, 2019

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Charley and Darlene Westbrook
Oct 29, 2019
Bobby, so sorry to read of Rita's passing. Praying God's riches blessing on your life during these trying days. Blessings!
May "God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" Phill 4:7 NLT
Dosha Stratton Delozier
Oct 28, 2019
Donna Rushing SEHS
Oct 28, 2019
Prayers and condolences to the family from Classes of 1951-55 of Southeast High School. We enjoyed seeing both of them at our annual picnics and events.
She will be missed and we share in your loss.
Donna Rushing SEHS
Oct 28, 2019
Prayers and condolences to the family from Classes of 1951-55 of Southeast High School. We enjoyed seeing both of them at our annual picnics and events.
She will be missed and we share in your loss.
Mallie
Oct 27, 2019
JoRita was a dear and precious friend. She cared and loved everyone. A beautiful person inside and out and will be missed by many.
Bonnie Salisbury Nix
Oct 26, 2019
Expressing sorrow for your loss. Many of our SEHS grads were blessed to had long lasting marriages and friendships. Sending prayers.