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July 05th, 2020

joyce nixonJoyce Ann Nixon, 84, died Thursday, June 18, 2020. 

She was born July 27, 1935 to Margaret and Douglas Lester in Rock Creek. 

She married her husband, Paul, July 20, 1956 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Topeka. He survives.

She graduated from Topeka High School in 1953.

At Kansas State University she studied Home Economics and was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in foods and nutrition.

A few months after their fifth anniversary in 1961, they settled in Liberal and started their own business, Nixon and Seaman Consulting Engineers. In 1990 they relocated to the Denver area and continued to provide engineering services with Nixon & Associates until retirement in 2011, celebrating 50 years in business.

As a child she enjoyed life with her extended family in Topeka with lots of music and days spent outdoors, picnicking and fishing. One of her first big adventures was a road trip in the 40s when she was twelve to the Grand Canyon with her grandmother and sister. 

She enjoyed traveling, everything from attending the Winter Olympics in France to a laid-back road trip through the bluegrass region of Kentucky with stops along the way to see the horses. 

She always had a beautiful garden filled with hollyhocks, tall phlox, roses, and other flowers.

Survivors also include daughter, Paula (David); daughter, DeAun; son, Steven; and five grandchildren: Austin, Nicholas, Lexi, Thomas, and Matt.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margaret; and her brother, Douglas.

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In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in Joyce’s name to Mile High Equestrian & Rescue ( or to the charity of the donator’s choice.

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