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Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

1499 N Broadway PO Box 337, Greenville, OH

OBITUARY

Vivian Joan Nixon

October 16, 1943July 9, 2020

Vivian Joan Nixon, 76 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Thursday July 9, 2020 at 12:06 PM at Versailles Rehab and Healthcare, Versailles, Ohio. She was born October 16, 1943 in Bradford, Ohio the daughter of the late Russell & Mary (Brown) Grow. She was a homemaker and worked for 15 years for Servicemaster cleaning Greenville National Bank Main Office. She was the first Queen of the Bradford Pumpkin Show; she enjoyed fishing when she was young; collecting porcelain dolls, toothpick holders; and vintage cars and trucks. She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings: Glenna, Ruby, Wilma, Dorothy, & Rusty. She is survived by her husband: Robert Nixon of Greenville whom she married June 30, 1962; her son: Steven Nixon of Greenville; her daughter: Annette Kiser of Greenville; grandchildren: Dustin, Ashley, & Robbie; great grandchildren: Skyanne, Tyler, Ryan, D.J., Paisley, & Lily; her sisters: Marlene Hockett, Betty Pieffer, Norma Bernard. A service will be held on Tuesday July 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Park District.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Burial

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Vivian Joan Nixon

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FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Bass caught in Celina approx. 3 1/2 lbs.

FROM THE FAMILY

Joan was the first Queen of the Bradford Pumpkin Show

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Bass caught in Celina approx. 3 1/2 lbs.

FROM THE FAMILY

Joan was the first Queen of the Bradford Pumpkin Show

Biography

Vivian “Joan” Nixon was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Joan will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Joan was born on October 16, 1943 at Piqua Wilson Hospital in Piqua, Ohio. She was the daughter of Russell and Mary Grow. Joan grew up in Bradford, Ohio.

Joan was raised with eight siblings, sisters Glenna, Ruby, Wilma, Dorothy, Marlene, Betty, and Norma and a brother Rusty. Joan was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

As a young girl, Joan had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Joan was an active child who took part in riding her bike. However, to Joan, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew, Joan enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. While growing up, one of her best friends was Bobby Floyd.

On June 30, 1962 Joan exchanged wedding vows with Robert Victor Nixon at the preacher’s house in Bradford, Ohio. Empathic and loyal, Joan was committed to making her new family happy.

Joan worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Joan was blessed with two children, Steve and Annette. Another blessing for Joan was the gift of three grandchildren, Dustin Ashley and Robbie and 6 great grandchildren Skyanne, Tyler, Ryan, D.J., Paisley, & Lily.

Fortunately, Joan enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Joan worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was being a housekeeper. She worked at Greenville Bank as a janitor.

Joan enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were collecting dolls and vintage cars. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Joan enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included going to Michigan and Canada to fish.

Joan was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Candy the dog. They were best friends for 12 years. Her family was rounded out by a number of dogs.

When Joan’s retirement finally arrived in 2008 when she was 65 years old, she was well prepared. In retirement, she found new pleasure in going to garage sales. Even in retirement, Joan continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances.

Joan passed away on July 9, 2020 at Versailles Health Care. She is survived by her husband Robert, her children Steve and Annette, her grandchildren Dustin, Ashley and Robbie, and her great grandchildren Skyanne, Tyler, Ryan, D. J., Paisley, & Lily. Services were held at Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes. Joan was laid to rest in Greenville Union Cemetery.

Simply stated, Joan was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Joan leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Vivian “Joan” Nixon.


These words were written by Robert back in the early ‘60’s. This is his true testament to his love for Joan!

One time a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go on a double date with him. I wasn’t going with anybody so I said yes. Finally the day came I got all spruced up and went with my buddy to Bradford to his girl’s house. I didn’t think there would be anybody special, but to my surprise she was beautiful. Her name was Joan. She had pretty long blond hair, her eyes were sparkling green. I really thought she was something. We finally got in the car and went to a drive-in movie. I really liked her, love at first sight for me. I think I kissed her before we got out of town, but she didn’t kiss back. Now I don’t have the slightest idea what the movie was about. I bet I kissed her a hundred times that night. She sure was beautiful. We got back to her house about midnight. I made another date (by ourselves) with her. I was so excited about her I made the date for the time I was to be in Michigan fishing. Well I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t even know if she liked me. I decided to go to Michigan, I sent her a letter explaining what happened and told her how much I loved her and set another date. I couldn’t hardly stand it in Michigan. Not seeing the girl I loved. I thought about her all the time. Finally vacation was over and we started home. It seemed it took forever. I made the next date and a lot more. We went to Ft. Laramie in the summer and had a lot of fun. I never had much money, but it didn’t make any difference. We still had lots of fun. About two years later I decided to pop the question. I was working at Sears Roebuck at the time. I got her a beautiful ring. I didn’t know what she would say. Maybe her mother wouldn’t let her but I know if she wouldn’t we would anyway. We secretly got out blood test then told our parents. When we got our license both parents had to go along like we were little children. We got married the last of June at 7:30. Our first house was on Washington Ave. It was nice. Finally all alone with the one I loved, the beautiful girl of my dreams. We had a 1961 Rambler and 2 rooms of cheap furniture is what we started with along with an old TV you could hardly see the picture. It didn’t make any difference, we loved each other very much!

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