Mary Edna Mixon

August 1, 1933June 1, 2018
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Mary Edna Mixon was born on August 1, 1933 in Fayette, Mississippi to the late Reverend Warneta Tyler and Arneita Cruel. Mary was married to Alfred Mixon on May 27, 1978. They remained married until Alfred’s death in 2008. Mary was the loving mother to three daughters. One preceded her in death, Joy, in 2015. She was one of 16 children and was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, and five brothers: Joseph, James, Warneta Jr., Richard and Robert; and ten sisters: Bertha, Vergie, Irene, Henrietta, Thelma, Velma, Eva, Rebecca, Leviolet and Eudoxie. What a wonderful reunion there will be in heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Before settling in Turlock, Mary lived in Milpitas, California for 31 years. She worked as the Manager of Classified documents for Stanford Research Institute for a number of years, before retiring from GTE as the Supervisor of Classification Management, Education & Audits. Her job brought tremendous satisfaction as she traveled often from California to Washington, DC conducting training and audits. In addition to her career, Mary was an active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in San Jose, California. She later became an active member of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Modesto. Mary enjoyed working in the church and worked with the youth ministry and the deaconesses of the church.

Mary had a passion for children. She pursued higher education courses in early childhood development and entertained the thought of opening a daycare center. She always said there are no bad children. She volunteered at her grandchildren’s daycare centers and schools whenever she could. Her grandchildren in Maryland have fond memories of her going on fieldtrips with their class whenever she visited.

Mary could be counted on as a true friend. She was forthright and not afraid to give tough love. She would lend a helping hand when needed and encouraged others to find the strength to stand for themselves and others. She loved her family dearly and spent many hours visiting with them by phone. Her hobbies included reading the bible, gardening, traveling, lunching with good friends Edith McClain and Annie McCain, watching her soaps, and cooking a good meal during the holidays.

Mary’s earthly journey ended early June 1, 2018 at her home in Turlock. She is survived by her daughter Myrna and her husband James, daughter Vontrese, grandchildren: Emani, Simone, Jonathan, Brittany, Matthew, Corinne; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and numerous friends.


  • Jonathan Cooks
  • Emani King
  • Matthew Cooks
  • Leroy Cedric Davis, Sr.
  • James Cooks
  • TJ Lucas
  • Deja King, Honorary


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mary Edna Mixon

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Margaret Mixon Howard

January 4, 2019

To the family of Mary Mixon so sorry to hear about Mary. I have been trying to get in touch with someone and just found out today. You all have my condolences and prayers. Good bless you. Margaret

Tamara Forte

January 2, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear this! I sure wish I could have been there. You will be missed Mary. Love you!

Wanda Palacios

November 14, 2018

I am so sorry to be seeing this notification so late. Mary and I had lost touch about 4 years ago.
My condolences to her family and friends.
She was a wonderful person, boss, and friend. I will remember our many lunch hours watching "All My Children" on her little office tv when I worked for her at GTE.
Her obituary described the woman I knew. Thanks for the memories, Mary.

Dixie Zambruno

June 13, 2018

Dear sweet Vontrese, I want to send my condolence on the passing of your mom. It has been a privilege to get to know you through Zumba Class and proud to call you my friend. I don't know your mom but i can feel how much love you have for your mom. Reading the the other messages your mom was a amazing person as you are. Your mom will always be by your side in spirit to give you strength and guide you. If ever you need anything i am here for you. Take care my sweet friend.


June 6, 2018

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as SWEET..."
I never got the history of the origin of your nickname. All I knew was that you were my "Aunt Sweet". The Great Aunt just above the baby (my grandmother)... You never let me forget that. As my mind travels down memory lane I realize that you have always been the same. As a child I knew that when you visited you wouldn't leave without folding up a napkin and putting it in my hand instructing me not to tell anyone what you gave me. Your doors were always opened, and even though you didn't talk long on the phone your ears were always attentive. You were always willing to come to my defense when it came to Les. I can hear you know threatening to tell everyone off on my behalf. You were beautiful inside and out, classy and definitely sassy, but at the end of the day "sweet". I'm in pure disbelief and it's very difficult having to say goodbye 3 weeks and 1 day after saying goodbye to Aunt Dot. You were the last of the Tyler Gang and I'm heartbroken, but I'm grateful for every memory. Thanks for being "Sweet"to me but most of all for being my "Aunt Sweet ". Heaven is a little sweeter.

Edith McClain

June 5, 2018

Mary Mixon and I were and will always be Close Friends. I love her like the Sister that I never had.
She will be on my mind and in my heart always! We will be together again.
I Love You Mary!
I will Miss You!