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In Memory of Jennifer Dixon

October 30, 2002

[ In Memory of Jennifer Dixon ] from The Columbus Dispatch -- An Ohio Wesleyan University student was killed Saturday when the Jeep she was driving on Rt. 315 went out of control and overturned just south of Bean-Oller Rd. in Delaware County, the State Highway Patrol said.

Jennifer L. Dixon, 20, of Toledo, died at Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware, patrol Sgt. Steve Click said.

Dixon was driving south about 2:15 a.m. when the Jeep went off the right side of the road, striking trees and a guardrail before overturning on its top, Click said.

Dixon was a junior and a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, said Pam Besel, Ohio Wesleyan spokeswoman.

"She was bright, energetic and very involved in campus life," said Besel, who once was Dixon's adviser. "She made you happy to be around her."

The Friday visitation hours are from 2 - 9 p.m., and the funeral will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Both services will be held in Jennifer's hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Jennifer's family has greatly appreciated the outpouring of care and support from the Ohio Wesleyan community, and they graciously extend an invitation for all the members of the OWU family to join with them in these celebrations of Jennifer's life.

Friends may visit from 2 - 9 p.m., with a Scripture Service at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Walker Funeral Home (419-841-2422). Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Walker Funeral Home, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Church (419-475-4348). Interment will be at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Oregon, Ohio. Click on the links at the bottom of this page for directions to these locations.

Memorial contributions may be made to Notre Dame Academy and to Ohio Wesleyan University.

Free transportation is available to and from campus for both the Friday service and the funeral on Saturday morning. Students should sign up for rides at the Information Desk in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center by 5 p.m. on Thursday. Any questions regarding transportation arrangements can be directed to the Student Activities Office (ext. 3188), the Chaplain's Office (ext. 3083), or the Office of the Dean of Students (ext. 3135). A van will leave campus from behind Welch Hall on Friday at 3 p.m. and will return to campus around 11 p.m. The van will leave campus on Saturday from behind Welch Hall at 7:45 a.m. and will return to campus around 4 p.m.

Friends may send notes or card with fond reflections or stories about Jennifer to her family in care of the Chaplain's Office, OWU Campus Mail. Ms. Pamela Shanks, Jennifer's mother, will greatly value any personal stories that we can share with the family.

Continued support and assistance for students is available during regular office hours through Counseling Services and the Chaplain's Office. Staff members are also available on 24-hour call by contacting the Public Safety Office for assistance (ext. 2222) if a student would like to speak with someone or if there is any concern about a friend who may be struggling with this very sad loss.