Dixie is leaving Dixie State University, but it’s not like what some might think.
At age 82, Dixie Campbell was Dixie State University’s oldest employee. Early Monday morning a retirement party was held in her honor in the Red Rock Café on campus.
Family, friends and students celebrated Campbell’s success by enjoying cake and ice cream and giving goodbye hugs. Many posed for pictures with Dixie, standing in front of a quilt display, which was a commemoration gift of her time at DSU.
Campbell began as an employee at The Market, and then she opened the Red Rock Café. She kept herself busy by cooking at the cafe and greeting students at the cash register.
Campbell is retiring from the Red Rock Café after 20 years of hard work and dedication. She said she would like to spend more time with her family, which includes her four daughters and one son, 19 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Some students, like Cody Wells, freshman computer science major from Las Vegas, enjoys the company of Campbell because she cares for students and knows how to put a smile on their faces.
“She was one of the first people I met there (at Dixie State University), and I’m very shy, so she made me feel like I fit in.”