Mary Helen Nixon (Linkous) passed away on June 3, 2019 in Owens Cross Roads, at the age of 80. She was the daughter of the late William Ballard Linkous and Helen Augusta Wall.
Born and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia, she met her loving husband, Grady Nixon, while working as a legal assistant. They married on Dec. 19, 1958 on the lawn of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church with her sister, Catherine (Kitty) Linkous, as their witness.
Mary was a wonderful devoted wife of 60 years, following Grady to Michigan, Florida, Georgia and Alabama supporting his career. She was compassionate and loving mother. She stayed busy raising five children, volunteering at church and working as a teaching assistant when her children were in school at Grace Baptist in Prattville.
Mary had a true servant’s heart, always giving to others ahead of herself. She was an accomplished cook and liked to read and sew. She enjoyed volunteering with youth at her church and spent many years as an AWANA leader where she encouraged children to learn God’s Word; serving Him and serve others.
She enjoyed traveling and visiting her children and grandchildren. She was an active member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Powell until her health made it difficult for her to attend.
Mary is survived by her husband, Grady Nixon; her five children and their spouses, Chris and LaVina Nixon, Deborah and Mark Buttergerit, Mary and Keith Livingston, Rachael and Martin Roland and Becky Nixon-Williamson.
She was a loving grandmother to her 16 grandchildren and touched each of their lives in a special way, Taylor Nixon, Clint Livingston, Savannah Roland, Alayna (Nixon) Calhoun, Alexandria Buttergerit, McKinley (Livingston) Hansen, Cole Williamson, Lena Buttergerit, Britton Roland, Mary Claire Livingston, Preston Williamson, Amanda Buttergerit, Mason Williamson, Ian Livingston, Haley Williamson and Lauren (Roland) New.
Mary is also survived by her two sisters, Jane Hungary of Blacksburg, Virginia and Catherine (Kitty) Duncan of Lexington, North Carolina; one brother, Bruce Linkous of Bedford, Virginia and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., at Scottsboro Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will begin at 12:30 p.m. Taylor Nixon, minister at Crosspoint UMC of Niceville, Florida, will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations “In Memory of Mary Nixon” to AWANA, 1 East Bode Road, Steamwood, IL 60107, or you can make a donation online at AWANA.org/donate. Please include “In Memory of Mary Nixon” on the second address line.
AWANA is a worldwide non-profit focused on giving children the opportunity to know, love and serve Jesus.
Special thanks to the staff at Highlands Medical Center, South Hampton Nursing Home and Dr. Andrew Hodges for their care and dedication during our final months. We know Mary loved Jesus, her family and friends. We will miss her every day.