Nation’s oldest female Veteran dies at 108

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Alyce Dixon, "The Queen Bee" died Wednesday. She was 108 years old. (Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Community Living Center)

WASHINGTON (WCMH) — Alyce Dixon, the oldest female veteran, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday. She was 108 years old.

Dixon had been living at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Community Living Center. The center said she was well known by everyone for her sense of style, her strong opinions and her love for telling jokes.

Dixon was born in 1907. She joined the military in 1943 as a member of the Women’s Army Corps. She was then stationed in England and France during World War II.

After serving, she worked at the Censue Bureau and for the Pentagon until she retired in 1973.

The medical center said Dixon was known as the “Queen Bee.” She never left her room without fixing her makeup and hair first.

“She will be missed,” said Medical Center Director, Brian A. Hawkins, MHA. “She will be missed by our “Capitol Excellence” family, especially the caregivers and Veterans of our Community Living Center. She was one-of-a-kind; a strong-willed, funny, wise, giving and feisty WWII Veteran. Her message touched a lot of people. It has been an honor to care for the oldest female Veteran. The DC VA Medical Center won’t be the same without her.”

You can read more about her incredible life story here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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