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Berneida Nixon

January 9, 1919 - September 26, 2018

The family of Berneida (Boyd) Nixon is saddened to report her passing on September 26, 2018, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Until recently, she was in excellent health and lived independently until 2015, when she took up residence at Morrison Woods Health Campus.
Berneida was born in Muncie at the home of her …READ MORE

The family of Berneida (Boyd) Nixon is saddened to report her passing on September 26, 2018, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Until recently, she was in excellent health and lived independently until 2015, when she took up residence at Morrison Woods Health Campus.
Berneida was born in Muncie at the home of her parents, Herbert L. and Gladys T. (Pittenger) Boyd, on January 9, 1919. She attended Emerson, McKinley, and Muncie Central schools, where she excelled in news writing and drama classes. During her elementary school years, she attended Miss Kennedy’s Elocution School, where she learned to memorize and present poems and other writings. At age 7 and for several years after, she and her mother often entertained various women’s groups — her mother playing piano while Berneida recited poetry.
Shortly after high school graduation, she joined Delta Theta Tau, a National Philanthropic Society, where she remained a member throughout her life.
During the height of the Great Depression, Berneida secured a secretarial job at Indiana General Service (now American Electric Power), where she met her future husband, George H. Nixon. They were married for 60 years, up until his death in 1999. Together, they raised seven children.
Berneida enjoyed being a homemaker — she firmly believed everything could be improved with a little paint or wallpaper. She was a generous and gracious hostess, an avid gardener, and an exceptional cook. She was able to feed a “small army” three times a day on a daily basis for nearly 30 years. She was an excellent driver, having spent ample time as her children’s chauffeur. Additionally, she was a talented seamstress, turning out formal evening gowns, bridal party couture, and approximately 150 various school-play and Halloween costumes.
While juggling household tasks and caring for a large family, she managed to volunteer her time to many worthwhile organizations, including The YWCA of Muncie, where she served as President of the Board of Directors. She was also Board President for the Ball Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. While serving as board chair, she conceived and organized their first-ever annual charity auction, which continued for many years. She also chaired The Ball Memorial Hospital Charity Ball and The Women’s Symphony League’s annual Sak’s Fifth Avenue Style Show. During her volunteer years, she served on countless committees.
She was a lifelong member of High Street United Methodist Church and belonged to church circles including Naomi and Ruth, which met monthly for Bible study, fellowship, prayer, and service. She was President of United Methodist Women and chaired several High Street Church annual bazaars and May Breakfasts.
Berneida also enjoyed social pleasures including Bridge Club, where she made many lasting friendships, and she and her husband helped establish The Holiday Dance and Dinner Club in 1953, which still exists to this day.
She loved politics and played an integral role in the campaigns of her husband’s bids for office as Delaware County Auditor and Mayor of Muncie. Berneida loved wintering in Florida, reading, in particular, The Muncie Star Press (which she read cover to cover, daily), Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking, swimming, bicycling, genealogy, bird-watching, and oil painting, which she picked up late in life and excelled in. She also enjoyed watching sports, particularly college and professional football and basketball. She was also known to be a wonderful conversationalist.
More importantly, she loved and was loved by her children and grandchildren, including Diann Studebaker and her sons, Todd and Devin; Linda Haas (husband Robert), and children Scott, Kurt, and Ryan Jones, and Tracy (Haas) Kapsalis; Jay Nixon (wife Patricia), and children Adam and Margo; Anita Ciaccio (husband Frank) and children Matt and Hunter Pritchett, and Angela Petty; Vicky Sarrazine (husband Francis) and children Nicholas and Brandon Whetsel; Kim Campbell Beasley (husband Robert), and children John Campbell, Katie Campbell Williams, Samuel J., Caleb B., and Luke C. Beasley; and Mark Nixon (wife Sheri), and their children Jarrett, Ellianna, and Ava. She has 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Francis, her husband, George, her favorite cousin, Dr. Tom Boyd, and two grandchildren, Joshua Campbell and Kyle Whetsel.
A service to celebrate a life well lived will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at High Street United Methodist Church.
Friends may call at High Street United Methodist Church, 219 S. High Street, Muncie from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be gladly received by High Street United Methodist Church, 219 S. High Street, Muncie, IN 47305 and the YWCA of Muncie, 310 E. Charles Street, Muncie, IN 47305.
The children would like to thank the staff at Morrison Woods and the caregivers on the 8th and 5th floors of IU Ball Memorial Hospital for their tender care and attention to their beloved Mother.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

High Street United Methodist Church

Address:

219 S. High Street
Muncie, Indiana 47305


Service Information

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm

High Street United Methodist Church

Address:

219 S. High Street
Muncie, Indiana 47305


Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Beech Grove Cemetery

Address:

14oo West Kilgore Ave.
Muncie, IN 47305


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