Dorothy Mae Nixon

Our community lost a wonderful person, devoted mother, grandmother and friend on Monday morning, October 16, 2006. Dorothy Mae "Pete" Nixon passed away following a courageous battle with cancer. Dorothy was very proud of her community and was committed to serving her family, friends, and neighbors.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 20, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Music will be provided by Marianne Frien, organist, and Elvera Moos, vocalist. Ushers are Bev McDaniel and Carol Price. Pallbearers are Larry and Jeff Gabriel, Kirk and Spencer Cordes, John Dean and Keith Louden. Honorary pallbearers are the doctors, nurses and all the staff at Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital, as well as all neighbors, family and friends.

Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Dorothy Mae Lindeken was born September 30, 1922, on her parents' ranch eight miles east of Chadron, NE, the youngest of six children born to Harry John and Susana Katherine (Nave) Lindeken. She started school when she was four years old attending all eight grades at Beaver Valley rural school in Nebraska. She attended high school at Assumption Academy in Chadron. While attending school, she played softball and was very competitive.

On April 11, 1942, Dorothy was united in marriage to Leo A. "Shorty" Nixon in Chadron, NE. Following their marriage they moved to Long Beach, CA, where they purchased a home at Lakewood City, CA. Shorty worked in the shipyards as a welder during the war. In 1944, they moved to the Grindstone area where they had purchased a ranch in partnership with Dorothy's father.

Dorothy remembers starting in the ranching business with a new Ford tractor, one horse, one cow, two roosters, a 1939 Ford car and an old Chevy pickup. She recalls their neighbors being very helpful and made them feel so at home in Grindstone. They ran yearlings, buying calves in the fall and selling in the spring and summer.

A son, Gary, was born to them on August 27, 1946, and on January 27, 1951, a daughter, Jeanni, was born. Their family life was centered around the work on the ranch and happenings in the community. Later they were very involved in rodeo and quarter horse shows. They raised registered Angus cattle and American Quarter Horses.

Dorothy was involved in every aspect of the ranch working along side her husband doing whatever needed to be done. She also decorated beautiful wedding cakes. She enjoyed playing the piano and guitar and singing. She even sang on the radio a few times and entertained WWII soldiers. She also entertained German POWs at Fort Robinson, NE. Dorothy loved to sing "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" and especially liked to yodel.

Dorothy was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip She belonged to Tribe VI and devoted many hours to fund-raisers. She served on the election board for many years in the Grindstone area and with the Grindstone Women's Choir. She was a long time member of the Grindstone Women's Club, the South Dakota Cowbell's, and was a 4-H Leader in Haakon County. She was also active in many fund-raisers for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life belonging to the Lady Bugs.

Dorothy was well known for her cooking and baking abilities, and was a person who really made cooking an art. Dorothy loved crafts of all sorts and was an accomplished painter, sharing her works with family and friends. Dorothy bowled on a league for many years and subbed in later years, retiring when she hit 80 years old. She played many years of softball and her grandchildren remember her sliding into base when she was in her 70's. They were so in awe of her talents. She loved to work with wood and build anything from furniture to toys. Dorothy was an avid fisherman and passed her knowledge and love of fishing on to her grandchildren. Among her talents were her abilities to sew and create beautiful outfits for herself and her family.

Dorothy truly "lived" every day of her life to the fullest and shared her many talents with all of us. She would work all day and be ready to dance, shop, or entertain guests after work, cramming all she could into a day.

Leaving behind to mourn, love, and cherish her memory are a son, Gary Nixon and his wife, Julie, of Philip; a daughter, Jeanni Gossard and her husband, Gale, of New Underwood; six grandchildren, Kellie (Dean) Weinzetl of Belle Fourche, Mandie (CJ) Menzel of Dupree, Patsy Robertson of Caputa, Melody (Matt) Larson of Caputa, Troy Gossard of Rapid City, and Tammy (Tim) Hall of New Underwood; 10 great-grandchildren Aleida and Abbianna Weinzetl, Tessa and Josie Menzel, Trynity, Karlie, and Teigen Robertson, Julia, Mason and Lucas Hall; two brothers, Jack and Carl Lindeken of Chadron, NE; two brothers-in-law, Donald Gorr of Chadron, and Wilson Brecht of Van Nyes, CA; two sisters-in-law, Mattie (Richard) Dooley of Prescott, AZ, and Maxine Nixon of Belle Fourche; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Nixon, in 1989; two sisters, Helen Gorr and Byrdie Brecht; a brother, William Lindeken; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Lindeken and Alyce Lindeken; and a brother-in-law, Robert Nixon.

A memorial is established. Rush Funeral Home of Philip is in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com