Opal "Peggy" H. Mixon, 92, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Alexandria, VA with family members by her side. She was born March 22, 1921 in Carbon, TX, to the late Julius A. and Mattie B. Cole. She married Dudley H. Mixon in 1941 and became a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She was a Catholic convert and held faithful memberships in several parishes over the years: St. Benedict in Doniphan, MO; St. John in Luling, TX; St. Elizabeth in Alice, TX; St. Theresa and St. Anselm in Corpus Christi, TX; Good Shepherd in Mount Vernon, VA; and St. Martin on Fort Belvoir, VA. She was active in many church support activities to include Quilting Bees, and Altar & Rosary Maker Societies. She was the proud recipient of a Knights of Columbus Rosary Maker Lifetime Achievement Award and a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. Deprived of a complete high school education during the 1930s, she completed her GED at age 59 and was a commencement speaker. She later participated in a Del Mar Junior College [Corpus Christi, TX] writing workshop and was published. She pursued arts and crafts in many forms to include sculpture, painting, cooking, dressmaking and clowning. Gardening was very special to hera�"especially her beautiful roses. She very much enjoyed participating in the Red Hat Society. She was also active in the neighborhood watch program and was a qualified marksman. Opal was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Peggy was the beloved wife of the late Dudley H. Mixon, loving and devoted mother of Doris Mixon of Huntington, WV, Patricia Lowe of Prichard, WV, Michael Mixon and his wife Marianne of Alexandria, VA and the late Charles Mixon; sister of Ada Louise Hogue of Purcell, OK, and the late Dorothy Burns; proud grandmother of Jeremy Mixon of Denton, TX, Dustin Mixon and his wife Tessia of Dayton, OH, and Matthew Mixon and his wife Natasha of Laughlin AFB, TX, and one honorary granddaughter Nancy Wilson and her husband Jeremy of Billings, MT; and she had many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial and Graveside service will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Catholic charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066; 1-800-919-9338, www.catholiccharitiesusa.org or Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 199 Water Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10038; 1-800-259-4636; www.alzinfo.org.