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The memorial service for Gwendolyn "Colleen" Nixon, 86-year-old former Alva resident, will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at New Hope Methodist Church, Enid, Oklahoma, with Pastor Dave Jones officiating. A private family burial will precede the service in the family plot in Alva Municipal Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home. Viewing for Colleen at the funeral home will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Colleen was born September 19, 1931, in Alva to Charles and Leona (Fross) Hackney and passed away June 14, 2018, at Garland Road Nursing Home. She attended Lookout Schools and graduated from Freedom High School with the class of 1949. She then attended Northwestern in Alva, transferring to OSU where she graduated with a degree in education. She then earned her master's degree in special education back at Northwestern.

In 1954, Colleen married Howard Nixon in Alva. The couple moved from Alva, Jet and Woodward before settling in Enid. She retired from educating after 37 years as director of gifted and special education. She wrote the special education curriculum for the State of Oklahoma. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year three times over her career. She was an OSU Homecoming Attendant and Freedom Rodeo Queen.

Colleen was a long-time member of Christ United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was an excellent cook and loved all arts and crafts. But her greatest joy was being "MeMa" to her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard, and brother, Earl Hackney.

Colleen is survived by three children, Dean Nixon of Tulsa; Becky Nixon of Enid; Kurt Nixon and wife, Shawn, of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren, Paige Crowe and husband, J.J .; Haley Sharp and husband, Trent; Taylor Nixon; Hunter Nixon; Colton Sydlik; Carrington Nixon; Kiersten Sydlik; Kenzington Nixon; three great-grandchildren; brother, Walt Hackney and wife, Sue of Omaha, Nebraska, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials can be given through Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home to Oklahoma Special Olympics.

Condolences may be made to the family online at


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