Age 86, of Lansing, passed away August 21, 2011. She was born on August 5, 1925 in Lansing, the daughter of Frederick and Elma Kotz.
Ruth was a lifelong member of Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church. She graduated in 1943 from Lansing Eastern High School and Michigan State College in 1947. She married James R. Nixon III, O.D. on August 29, 1948. Ruth worked as a registered dietician at Sparrow Hospital and retired from Lansing Public Schools as an instructional aide. After retirement, she volunteered at Grand River School. She enjoyed her family, traveling, gardening and baking.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband James, and brother-in-law Dr. Robert Nixon. She is survived by her children, James R. (Lonni) Nixon IV of Laingsburg, John S. (Debra) Nixon of Lansing, and Joel F. (Julie) Nixon of Grand Ledge; grandchildren, James V (Jamie), Thomas (Corey), Lindsey, Amy, Kelli (Justin) Ford, Katelyn, Andrew, Kevin, and David; great-grandchildren, James VI and Kendall; sister-in-law, Dorothy Weber; and five nieces and one nephew.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1001 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, with the Rev. Paul J. Lindloff officiating. Private inurnment will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. K. Joseph Hines II Scholarship Fund in care of Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church.