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.

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    Michelina M. Kelly Says:

    Family of Ruth (Kotz) Nixon: I have never had the privilege of meeting any of you. I attended both elem. and high school with Ruth and Jim. We enjoyed each other’s company so much. My parents also had a grocery store the same as Ruth’s parents. We were located at 1317 E. Grand River. I am so sorry to say that after high school graduation we saw very little of each other….however they were never forgotten. I am sure the Good Lord welcomed Ruth with open arms and will help you thru this difficult time. I was always known as “Lena” ……
    Sincerely, Mrs. Lena (Terranova) Kelly

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    Julie Russell Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Your mom held a special place in our hearts. We’ll miss her dearly. Love, The Nixon girls Sherri, Michelle, Julie, Lisa, Laurie

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    Marcella and Ronald C. Jones,Jr. Says:

    Ruth was a wonderful person. She was a joy to be around and had a big heart. The Jones family always enjoyed spending time with Ruth and her husband Jim. Ruth’s kind and caring approach to life will be missed.

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