Sybil McKeand Fore

Sybil McKeand Fore Sybil McKeand Fore, 86, passed awy on Nov. 29, 2012, in Prescott, Ariz., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born April 22, 1926, in Coleman County, Texas, to Robert H. and Violet S. McKeand. In Winslow, Ariz. during World War II, she met her future husband, Derrick “Dick” Dixon.

Fore while she was working at a soda fountain and he was in the Navy. She graduated from Winslow High School, and they were married on Feb. 24, 1944. While living in Winslow, Sybil and Dick owned and operated the Sand and Sage Motel on Route 66 and gave birth to three daughters, Sherry Lee, Dixie Lou and Laura Lynn.

After selling the Sand and Sage Motel, she and Dick moved to Camp Verde, Ariz. and lived on a 10-acre ranch they named “Tenafore.” They boarded horses on the ranch and watched coyotes and Canada geese from their back porch. In 2004, on the death of her husband Dick, Sybil built a home in Prescott near her daughter Dixie Fore Irvine, and in 2005 she moved into this home.

Sybil was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roscoe, sister BonnieFore, husband Dick and eldest daughter, Sherry Fore Parker.

She is survived by her sister Helen Schell; son-in-law Russell Parker of Prescott; daughters Dixie Fore Irvine of Prescott and Laura Fore of Phoenix; grandchildren Aaron Parker (Sherry) of Ranier, Wash.; Susan Burgess (Mike) of Ridgecrest; Kerrie O’Brien (Steve) of Prescott; Ivy Irvine (Patrick) of Missoula, Mont.; Daniel Guendel and Madeline Guendel of Phoenix; and great-grandchildren Derrick OBrien and Kierra OBrien. A private memorial is planned.

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Story First Published: 2012-12-12