Air Force Staff Sgt. India Elizabeth Dixon learned much from tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait.
“She learned that this is a big, big world,” said her father, Derek E. Rucker.
Dixon, 27, died as a result of a Sept. 17 motorcycle accident in Waldorf, Md., on Sept. 20.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Arlington Church of God, 539 S. Arlington St. in Akron, followed by a funeral service.
Burial will take place at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman at 10 a.m. Friday. A procession will leave from the Rhoden Memorial Home, 78 Rosalind Court in Akron, at 9.
Dixon worked as an IT administrator/combat communications and was stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) in Washington, D.C.
A 2003 North High School graduate, Dixon was a cheerleader and an all-city volleyball player. She attended Kent State University before joining the Air Force in 2004.
Her family said she was moved to join the Air Force because her brother Cordell Lyman Wright served in the Air Force before her.
“She was influenced by his adventure,” her father said.
Dixon served a six-month tour in Iraq in 2007 and a deployment in Kuwait in 2009.
Married to Corey Dixon, she was the mother of 2-year-old Sean Corey Dixon.
“She was an intuitive person and she always cared about other people,” her father said.
Her overseas duty, her father said, introduced her to the different cultures and philosophies in the world.
“She was moved in her life to put a smile on a face,” Rucker said.
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or at email@example.com.