OBITUARY

Marion Sue Nixon

August 7, 1938October 25, 2018

Marion Sue Nixon, 80, of Little Rock died peacefully October 25, 2018. Born August 7, 1938 in Conway, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Donald Pierce Nixon, Sr., originally from Springhill, Arkansas, and Eugenia Marie Courtney of Conway. Her parents preceded her in death. Marion Sue Nixon – a loving sister, aunt, and friend helped hundreds celebrate happy occasions as a professional photographer for many years with her friend, Jody Guenther, and also served as office manager of the Little Rock Dermatology Clinic, where she worked for over 47 years. Marion attended Our Lady of Good Council and Our Lady of the Holy Souls Schools and was a lifelong member of Holy Souls parish. Marion later excelled at basketball as a Most Valuable Player at Mount St. Mary Academy. Marion was an avid bowler and outdoor enthusiast. As a fifty-year member of the Lake Ouachita boating community, Marion shared her infectious laughter and welcoming spirit with family and friends and their children every summer. Marion is survived by her brother Donald P. Nixon, Jr (Margaret), her beloved niece Brittany Nixon Brun (Trey) of Little Rock and nephew Pierce Nixon (Emily Binek) of Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Mount St. Mary’s Academy in Little Rock, or the Carmelite Monastery of St. Teresa of Jesus in Little Rock. Visitation will be Monday, October 29 from 5-7 pm at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home on 12th Street in Little Rock with a Rosary service immediately following at 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, October 30, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church, Tyler & I Streets, Little Rock with Father John Marconi, celebrant . Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Rosary Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, October 30, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Joel Bradley

October 29, 2018

I met Marion thru bowling. She asked me to bowl in a mixed doubles tournament with her, and I am so glad that I said yes. Needless to say, we bowled together in numerous tournament after that. She was a wonderful person to know and I can say without a doubt that everyone should have a Marion Nixon in their life. After I quit bowling, we lost touch with each other. I have only talked to her a few times since, but I will bet she was the same good and kind person at the end that she was the first time I met her. I have not seen Marion in years, but I will miss her very much.

Don Nixon

October 27, 2018

I have lost my best friend that I have loved for 73 years. Marion was always there for me through the good times and the bad times. In fact, she was there for a lot of people and never asked for anything in return. Never turned anyone away who needed her help, an the good lord knows I was often seeking her help. I remember her “loaning” someone $10,000 and was never repaid. Her attitude was, “They needed it at the time, I had it and was glad I could help.” That is the way Marion lived her life. I know Marion is now with mom and dad. I just wish I could have had her a little longer.

Biography

Marion Sue Nixon was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication.

      Marion was born at her grandmother's house in Conway, Arkansas. Her parents were Donald and Marie Courtney Nixon. She had one brother, Donald Jr. "Donnie".

       She was outgoing and animated. She took part in basketball. She was a member of several clubs in high school including Sodality, Glee, Latin, and Camera. In her spare time, she loved to visit her cousins in Conway. Marion's memorable achievements included her First Communion.

       She graduated from Mt. St. Mary Academy in 1956. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was basketball. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was coach Father Keeting. Marion won Most Valuable Player in basketball her senior year.

       While growing up, some of her best friends were Celena Thirion and Alice Spickes. Later in life, she became friends with Jody Guenter, Audene Hall, Inez Hupp, and Polly Barger.

       She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Her primary occupation was the Office Manager at Little Rock Dermatology. She was employed for 45 years with LRDC.

       Her favorite pursuits included photography and recreational sports included bowling and all lake activities. Tops on her list to attend or watch on TV were basketball and Razorback football.

       She was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic church for 73 years.

       She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went but she was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included bowling tournaments, trips to Texas and New Orleans with friends, and family weddings.

       Marion's pets included her Samoid, Jonah. They were best friends for 10+ years. Her family was rounded out by her Chows Mandy and Shawna and assorted cats.
      
       Marion had suffered with dementia for several years and had lived with her brother and sister-in-law for 3 years. A severe infection set in and accelerated her condition. She is survived by her brother Donald, sister-in-law Margaret, niece Brittany Nixon Brun (Trey) and nephew Pierce Nixon (Emily Binek) and one great-niece Sloane. Services were held at Holy Souls Catholic Church. Marion was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.