WILMINGTON — Phyllis Dixon Bard, 79, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. She was born June 23, 1942, to Perry D. and Ruby H. Dixon in Rockingham.
Phyllis graduated from NHHS in 1960, James Walker Hospital School of Nursing and Watts Hospital School of Anesthesia.
She retired from Duke University Medical Center, where she worked for 20 years as staff nurse anesthetist and clinical and didactic instructor of Pediatric Anesthesia. During her professional career, she was elected as secretary, president elect and president of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetist and served on many committees, including the Committee on Practice for CRNAS, which at that time had a membership of 23,000. After retirement, she was active in her church, serving as a Stephen minister and Stephen leader. For the past 21 years, she was a volunteer for Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
Phyllis is survived by two sons, Richard Paxton of Leland and Thomas Paxton of Syracuse, New York; two granddaughters, Madison Paxton and Ruby Paxton; sister, Helen Sledge; brothers, David Dixon and Stanley Dixon; and her longtime companion, Jim Fritch.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 12, at Andrews Valley Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.
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