The Curry Coastal Pilot

Surrounded by her family, Dorothy Nixon, 78, died peacefully Jan. 23, 2012, at her home in Brookings.

Dorothy was born March 30, 1933, in Honolulu, in the Territory of Hawaii, to James and Bertha Durant Huey. She spent her early years in Kahala.

Dorothy graduated from Punahou High School, Class of 1951. She distinguished herself as an accomplished ballet dancer at the annual Punahou Carnival, and in numerous professional productions presented by Josephine Flanders.

The young graduate crossed the Pacific to attend Mills College in Oakland, Calif., before returning to the islands to complete her BA degree at the University of Hawaii, where she was elected president of Phi Sigma Rho sorority.

After college Dorothy fell in love with David R. Nixon of San Francisco, a handsome young U.S. Marine stationed on Oahu. They were married Dec. 18, 1954, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kaimuki. They soon moved to Belmont, Calif., in the Bay Area, where David pursued his successful executive career and the young couple began their family that eventually expanded to four children.

David and Dorothy remained in Belmont until they retired to Brookings in 1993. Living together contentedly in this quiet coastal town, David fished the Rogue River and Dorothy participated in community events, until David's death in 2010.

Frequent globetrotters during retirement, Dorothy and her husband traveled to all seven continents, from which Dorothy brought home indelible memories and exquisite arts and artifacts. In the whole world, though, the couple's favorite destination andndash; one they would return to again and again andndash; was Hawaii. In the last year of her life, Dorothy made a final trip across the ocean to walk on the beach at Kahala near her childhood home.

This active mother and grandmother engaged in a number of personal pursuits in addition to travel. She became a U.S. Masters swimmer, developed into a skilled Bridge player, was a beloved member of and served on the board of the Tri City Bridge Club in Brookings, and joined with David to discuss current events at their Great Expectations group gatherings. Dorothy mastered the art of weaving museum-quality baskets, met the challenge of solving expert-level crossword puzzles, knitted original creations while watching her favorite television shows, and rarely failed to "make a weekly donation" to the tribal nation that operates the slot machines at Lucky 7 Casino.

Her children recall that Dorothy loved to stay on top of the events in her family members' lives, and was meticulous in remembering their birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. A devoted mother, she would never miss a holiday or special occasion, and her children and grandchildren could expect, without doubt, to receive a card from her filled with loving wishes and sparkles.

The family and friends of Dorothy Joy Huey Nixon will cherish their remembrances of this bright, funny, gifted, caring woman. She will be sorely missed. Godspeed, Dorothy, in your passage from this earth to the world of the spirit.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters Terri Nixon Peck, currently residing in Brookings, Tracie Mattei and her husband Mike of Bend, Tami Nixon and her husband Paul Mullen of Napa, Calif.; and son Timothy Nixon and his wife France of Belmont, Calif. Her grandchildren include Chelsea, Shaun, Emily and Forrest Peck; Malia, Dalton and Trevor Nixon; Amanda and Brianna Mattei; and Timothy Macholz and Madeline Hill-Nixon. She leaves behind her sister Jean Ann Furbush of Placerville, Calif.; cousin Mike Durant and his wife Margie of Honolulu; and her adored dogs Charlie and Kai'a.

A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Calvary Assembly of God Church, 518 Fir Street, in Brookings. Pastor Adrian Van Aswegen will officiate. A reception will follow at the family home.

Dorothy's ashes, commingled with her husband David's, will be returned to the shores of their beloved Hawaii.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dorothy's memory be made to Coastal Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 493, Gold Beach, OR 97444 (www.,) or to Kona Historical Society, P.O. Box 398, Captain Cook, HI 96704 (

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.