Betty Nixon

1932 - 2022

On January 12, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease; Betty passed away peacefully at Gateway Haven in Wiarton surrounded by family, the loving Gateway Staff, and beautiful music. Loving Wife of Donnel Nixon of Wiarton. Loving Mom to Bill Nixon (Linda), James Nixon (Jeff Laitar), Dave Nixon (Marion), and Donna Nixon (Debbie Richardson). Proud Grandmother of Carrie Elg (Mike), Kaiti Valm (Rob), Lauren Nixon (Carter Dickie), and Alexandra Nixon. Proud Great-Grandmother of Calvin Elg. Predeceased by her parents Kathleen Eyres (nee Shouldice) and Harry Eyres of Chesley. Betty was born in the Chicago suburb of Itasca Illinois USA and moved with her parents to Chesley during her teen years to be close to her Grandparents who farmed on the Brant-Elderslie Townline. A proud graduate of Chesley District High School excelling in both music (piano/singing) and sports as a teenager (especially basketball, track & field). She then went on to the University of Guelph to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Household Science. Betty also attained her School Teacher Certificate very soon thereafter and taught high school full time during the very early days of her career and returned to supply teaching during the 1980s. A gifted pianist from a very early age; she was the accompanist for many (if not all) of her high school assemblies, school choirs, school plays, and social events. Betty was also the centre of musical attention at University of Guelph; and that’s how this pretty 3rd year U of G girl caught the eye of a 1st year by the name of Donnel Nixon (who was in the University of Guelph Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program). And the rest – as they say – is history, as they were married in 1957 with kids starting to arrive in 1958!! Betty had a very positive influence on a multitude of people during her lifetime: raising her four children and welcoming all their friends into her home; directing and accompanying junior choirs, intermediate choirs, teen choirs, school choirs, adult choirs, and cantatas. During retirement, she also accompanied a very popular seniors fiddle music group (The Silver Strings) which entertained in many of the area senior homes for many years. A monumental joy for Betty during the 1970s was leading a very popular St. John’s United Church “Teen Choir” – complete with piano, guitars, bass guitar, drums, and many singers with tight vocal harmonies. The Teen Choir raised funds for projects in her church by putting on many concerts and performing during services in other area churches as well. Betty was a very active member of the IODE, United Church Women (UCW), accompanist with each of the very popular Community Fellowship at Christmas Concerts held each December at the Presbyterian Church, and very active with the ecumenical Worship 2000 church services held every July in Bluewater Park. She was also a Mathematics/Science/ Home Economics/etc. high school supply teacher in her spare time and was a Brownie leader when the kids were little. Betty always led a very active Family, Church, and social lifestyle centred around her love of music and deep caring for her community. Potluck “get-togethers” and any kind of family meal – with us all together - was a deeply important and sacred part of her being. Her love of Donnel, the kids, and the grandkids was the core of her existence; there is nothing in this world that could be any stronger than this Love of her Family!! A private funeral service for immediate family has been conducted in St John’s United Church, officiated by Reverend Ed Laksmanis with music provided David Warder. A public visitation and celebration of Betty’s life - complete with music, remembrance, and joyful reflection of a life well lived - will be held for her many relatives and community friends at a future date once covid restrictions are lifted and warmer weather returns. There will be spring interment in Eastnor Cemetery. If desired, in lieu of flowers memorial donations to Wiarton St John’s United Church, Friends of Gateway Haven, or a charity of your choice would be deeply appreciated. On behalf of the entire Nixon Family: Special thanks for the loving care of ALL the staff at Gateway Haven, the delicious meals served by the kitchen staff in Gateway, the loving care of Doctor Van Dorp, the many uplifting visits from the Bruce Peninsula Hospice, and the support from community and church members who helped Betty and family on their journey with Betty’s Parkinson’s disease during her time at Gateway Haven. The love you have shown for Betty, Donnel, and our family will never EVER be forgotten!! Arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. Condolences may be expressed online at

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