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eileen m. nixon

Posted on Dec. 29, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

April 3, 1923 - Dec. 28, 2012

ELKHART — Eileen M. Nixon, 89, a long-time resident of Elkhart, died at home Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, following a lengthy illness.

Eileen was the third of four children born to Cyrus and Bertha (Flesher) Pennington in Salem, W.Va. She married Ford Nixon in 1942 and celebrated 61 years of marriage before his death in 2003. They operated Nixon Saw Service, serving numerous area mobile home manufacturers.

Eileen was a graduate of West Virginia Business College and enjoyed many interests including quilting, piano, bowling, crossword puzzles and traveling.

She was involved in Cub Scouting and later Girl Scouting, where she served for 18 years, becoming president of the Indiana Lakeland Girl Scout Council from 1970 to 1978. She was proud to have played a significant part in establishing Camp Singing Hills near Bristol.

Eileen was a member of Riverside Bible Church since 1955, where she taught, played piano and held various offices.

She is survived by many friends, her “angels”; a sister, Helen Smith of Fieldale, Va.; son Russell (Marilyn) of Waukegan, Ill.; daughter Judith (Garth) Richards of Carrollton, Texas; three grandsons, Marek, Ethan and Blake, all of Waukegan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Koontz presiding.

In Eileen’s memory, donations may be made to Center for Hospice or Riverside Bible Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.chapelhillmemorial.com.