Mamie W. Dirkx of Paso Robles died July 4, 2017 of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born March 24, 1932 in Idabel, Oklahoma, to James Edward and Molly Mae Woods. Mamie was 10 days old when her mother died, so she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Charlie Melvin.
They moved to California in 1940 and settled in and around Hanford. She worked in the fields, attended school, worked in a movie theater and eventually became a telephone operator. In 1952 the telephone company transferred her to Paso Robles where she met Philip Dirkx, a lieutenant at nearby Camp Roberts. They were married in a camp chapel on September 19, 1953.
After living in the San Francisco Bay area eight years they returned to Paso Robles and lived there ever since. She was employed by the Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross, and Ennis Business Forms.
Mamie is survived by her husband Philip; son Michael, daughter-in-law Marie, and granddaughter Danielle; daughter Sandra, grandson Ivan; granddaughter-in-law Lauren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mamie’s family thanks Kathy and Gary Tucker and the loving, skillful staff of Ada’s Lodges for the care she received for the past 2 ½ years.
Friends are invited to a celebration of her life, Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the fellowship hall of the Plymouth Congregational Church, 13th and Oak streets in Paso Robles.