Johanna Raffan, SIGBI President, remembers Dr Barbara Dixon who passed away 30th October 2020
Barbara was a member of SI Anglesey since 1993 plus a regular attender at SI Llandudno where she had a second home. She held many offices at Club and Region level while also being a Federation Councillor, a member of UKPAC, Assistant Programme Director for Health, Programme Director, Vice President and President Elect.
She was passionate about being a Soroptimist, a regular attendee at the Commission on Status of Women (CSW) and a firm believer that everyone should have a chance to attend this august gathering. She led the delegation to the Meru Project accompanied by her husband, Alan; where the group not only saw the amazing work undertaken by the women but were led in song and dance by Barbara.
She also attended the Conference in Marrakesh to see the development of the new Africa Federation. Professionally Barbara was a practicing dental surgeon who lectured around the country. She was a director of the local hospice and was well known in the area for hosting fundraising events for the local community in her garden.
She had a love of amateur dramatics but back-stage not on it. Her talent as a needle woman meant she would make all the costumes for the local production, so it was no wonder that as soon as we went into lockdown Barbara was busy sewing scrubs and bags for the local hospitals and making pairs of hearts.
She also loved all aspects of art and craft and always had some project on the go in her huge studio in the attic. Barbara had a huge zest for life and we will all have our favourite memories of her. Here are a few of mine – a pink wig on the bridge in Newcastle to celebrate Breast Cancer month, the pink hair at the Harrogate Conference and the Pink Panther outfit at Istanbul.
Let us be proud that we knew her – what an inspiration to us all.
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