Oldest living female veteran, Alyce Dixon, dies at 108 years old

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Oldest Living Female Veteran, Alyce Dixon, Dies at 108 Years Old

Alyce Dixon, who was believed to be the oldest living female veteran, has died at age 108.

The Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center said Dixon, who was also one of the first African-American women to serve in the Army, died in her sleep peacefully. She was described as "high-spirited," "fun-loving" and an "amazing local celebrity."

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Oldest living female veteran, Alyce Dixon, dies at 108 years old
"I want you to bless me," jokes Lt. Col. Sharalyn Brown to Alyce Dixon, 101, one of three members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion being honored for their service as part of Black History Month at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
US first lady Michelle Obama poses with veterans Alyce Dixon, 102, and Ester P. Corcoran, 103, (R) at Arlington National Cemetery's Women in Military Service for America Memorial Center in Washington on March 3, 2009. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Alyce Dixon celebrates her 104th birthday with friends and volunteers at the VA Medical Center on Irving Street NW, Washington, DC on September 8, 2011.(Photo by Jeremy Borden /The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Veteran Alyce Dixon celebrated her 105th birthday on Tuesday at the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in Washington, DC where she has lived for more than ten years. Resident, April Goodwin, 55, right, tells a joke to Dixon. Dixon was among the first African-American women to serve in the Army. Ms. Dixon was in the 6888th Battalion, a postal service division. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Veteran Alyce Dixon celebrated her 105th birthday on Tuesday at the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in Washington, DC where she has lived for more than ten years. She is read a birthday greeting from Mayor Vincent C. Gray. She was among the first African-American women to serve in the Army. She joined at age 31 in 1944 and was stationed in both England and France. Ms. Dixon was in the 6888th Battalion, a postal service division. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Veteran Alyce Dixon celebrated her 105th birthday on Tuesday at the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in Washington, DC where she has lived for more than ten years. She welcomes guests to the party. She was among the first African-American women to serve in the Army. She joined at age 31 in 1944 and was stationed in both England and France. Ms. Dixon was in the 6888th Battalion, a postal service division. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Veteran Alyce Dixon celebrated her 105th birthday on Tuesday at the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in Washington, DC where she has lived for more than ten years. Johnnie Collins, Jr., left, Executive Director of AMVETS Department of Washington, D.C. and Aaron J. Smith, right, Department Commander of AMVETS Department of Washington, D.C. reward her with flowers and most important, a large stack of tickets for shopping in a store on the facility. She was among the first African-American women to serve in the Army. She joined at age 31 in 1944 and was stationed in both England and France. Ms. Dixon was in the 6888th Battalion, a postal service division. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Veteran Alyce Dixon celebrated her 105th birthday on Tuesday at the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in Washington, DC where she has lived for more than ten years. She is given a kiss on the hand by Brian A. Hawkins, Director VA Medical Center, Washington, DC. She was among the first African-American women to serve in the Army. She joined at age 31 in 1944 and was stationed in both England and France. Ms. Dixon was in the 6888th Battalion, a postal service division. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Veteran Alyce Dixon celebrated her 105th birthday on Tuesday at the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in Washington, DC where she has lived for more than ten years. She wheels past a line of applauding doctors and staff at the start of the party. She was among the first African-American women to serve in the Army. She joined at age 31 in 1944 and was stationed in both England and France. Ms. Dixon was in the 6888th Battalion, a postal service division. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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"I am so blessed to be here and can understand everything at 107 years. I am so blessed that God has left me here," Dixon said during a celebration of her 107th birthday in 2014.

Dixon joined the Women's Army Corps in 1943 and was stationed in England and France with the 6888th Battalion during World War II. She helped get a backup of letters and packages sent to soldiers.

After the Army, Dixon worked for the Census Bureau and the Pentagon before retiring from government work in 1973.

She eventually started living at the Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center, where she was affectionately referred to as the "Queen Bee."

The medical center said in a statement: "She never left her room without fixing her makeup and hair. She always wore stylish clothes and jewelry and sported well-manicured nails."

Funeral services for Dixon are still pending.

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