Florence Mae Nixon of Cuba, Missouri was born on January 27, 1921 in Anthonies Mill, Missouri to Charles A. and Julia A. (Record) Jenkerson and passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the age of 99 years.
As a young girl, Florence often rode to school on the back of her brother’s horse. At age 13, Florence graduated from the eighth grade. A student excelling in her studies, especially spelling and math, she was asked to stay on another year to assist the teacher.
At age 14, the owner of the little store in Anthonies Mill, (also known as the Kimberlin General Store), hired her to single-handedly run his business, while he attended to his farm.
As a young adult, she moved into a boarding house in Bourbon, Missouri and was hired at the Bourbon Cap Factory, where she met Francis.
After only three months of dating, Florence married Francis M. Nixon in 1941.
As newlyweds their lives were tested by Francis’ severe bout with spinal meningitis. After Francis’ early brush with death, she was even more grateful for their time together.
Florence became an incredible cook, but not without practice. As a young wife, she went from throwing pie crust up against the wall in frustration, to cooking the entire Thanksgiving Dinner for many years (into her 80’s) for her large extended family.
At 95 she made her last homemade chocolate cake for a family gathering.
In her love of nature, Florence took great pride in her yard. She also tended a lush garden filled with many vegetables.
One of her favorite pastimes was to drives through the countryside where she would pick wildflowers alongside the road to take back home.
Mothering her children through childhood illnesses and all the trials and tribulations of growing up, Florence also became the caretaker of her own mother for three years, and cared for Francis when he became ill with cancer.
She embodied the scripture: “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Julia Jenkerson; one sister, Helen Peterson; one brother, Charles Jenkerson; and her husband, Francis Nixon.
She is survived by her three children, Linda and husband Tom Isaacs of St. James, Missouri, Terry Nixon of Columbia, Missouri and Julia Ann and husband Edward Krovicka of St. Louis, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Kelly and husband Troy Schneider, Tara Obrigewitch, Christy and husband Bill Hahn, Zachary and wife Beth Nixon, Maury and husband Brett Horton, Jeremiah and wife Mei-Ling Isaacs and Ian Greenlee; one sister, Frances Prince of Chesterfield, Missouri; 11 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
With the COVID-19 pandemic and in the best health interest of everyone. The family decided to have a private, immediate family only visitation and funeral service.
Interment followed at the Kinder Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri.
A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.