Betty L. Hixson

March 28, 1929April 28, 2021
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Betty L. Hixson, age 92, died Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Wichita, Kansas.

She was born March 28, 1929 to Floyd and Mary Burns in Camargo, Oklahoma.

On March 11, 1946, Betty and Paul Hixson were united in marriage. Betty was Salutatorian of Vici High School of class of 1947. After Paul was honorably discharged from the Army, Betty and Paul followed the oil drilling rigs through Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, then back to Oklahoma and over that period of time they had four children. The family moved to Okmulgee, OK where she worked as a secretary with the Okmulgee Tech School. The family moved to Wichita in 1962 where Betty and Paul bought their first house. Shortly thereafter she enrolled at Friends University where she was a full time student and graduated after three years with honors. She began a 40 year career as an elementary teacher with the Wichita School District and officially retired at age 80 due to hearing loss. Betty and Paul enjoyed traveling for the next several years. Betty was a Christian and held membership at the Westside Church of the Nazarene for over 50 years.

She is survived by her children; Debrah Jaeckel (Allen), Everett Hixson (Robin), Paula Jaeckel-Stine (Mike), and Kent Hixson (Cande), brother; Hyland (Merna) Burns of Edmond, OK, sister-in-law; Beverly Burns of Twin Falls, ID. Survivors also include grandchildren Shawndra Montgomery (Robert), Krista Hall (Doug), Dayna Jaeckel, Ross Jaeckel, Aaron Hixson, Jeremy Jaeckel (Theresa), Andy Hixson (Dana), Maria Olson (Andrew) and Albert Hixson. Surviving great-grandchildren are Tanner Jaeckel, Jacob Hall (Jordan), Ben Hall (Sueshi), Samantha Montgomery, Grace Wehrle (Jackson), Michael Montgomery, Jarod Ogle, Lexi Sneath, Kaylynn Robbins, Alissa Jaeckel, Serenity Jaeckel, Danae Loomis, Piper Jaeckel, Aspen Jaeckel, Jameson Jaeckel, Max Hixson and James Hixson. Surviving great-great-grandchildren include Emerson Hall, Lily Hall and Hendrix Wehrle and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 75 years, Paul Hixson and brother; Lonnie Burns.

Funeral arrangements for Betty L. Hixson include visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May, 3 2021 at the Hillside Funeral Home West, 2929 W. 13th N., in Wichita. Funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the West Side Church of the Nazarene, 2300 S. Seneca in Wichita, with burial to follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, 19221 W. Maple St., north of Goddard. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Friends & Foundation c/o Goddard Public Library, 201 N Main St, Goddard, KS 67052.


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Donna Henneberg

May 3, 2021

I was a Kindergarten teacher at Rea woodman during the 90’s and early 2000’s. Betty was far and away my favorite substitute teacher because she followed my lesson plans to the letter and made the children behave, or else! Loved her dearly, and her “no nonsense” attitude is so needed today! So thankful she will be reunited with Paul! They were always together at the Woodman luncheons!

Jeremy Mapes

May 3, 2021

I had Mrs. Hixson back in the 1980's as a 4th grade teacher. She was the toughest teacher in the school and she wasn't young back then. If another teacher had a disciplinary problem they'd bring them to her and she could lift a full sized boy off the ground by their belt loop in one hand and spank them with the wood paddle in the other. She was well respected. I don't write that as a negative, we need teacher like her today with the way kids are out of control. At the end of the school year they brought all the kids out to her farm to play and run around. I'll never forget her talking about growing up in the same school as Darla Hood (from the original Little Rascals show) and how she was a stuck up broad. Rest in piece Mrs. Hixson. They don't make teachers like you any more.

Harry Simpson

April 30, 2021

Godspeed Betty. Now eternally reunited with Paul, and other family, friends and loved ones that have gone before.

Scott Hansen

April 30, 2021

I'm sorry for your loss and especially both right close together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.