Dorothy "Bobbie" Thun Nixon, RN|
September 30, 1929 ~ January 19, 2014
Bobbie peacefully passed away January 19th. She was born September 30, 1929. Bobbie was the youngest daughter of Austria-Hungary immigrant parents, Emily (Janisch) and Louis Thun. She was the last of the Thun generation from Underwood, WA. Bobbie made a full circle from her childhood on the 76 acre fruit orchard located on Orchard Lane to her passing on Orchard Ave in Wenatchee.
Bobbie earned her nursing degree from the University of Washington, School of Nursing in 1952 training at Swedish Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Virginia Mason. After graduation she worked at Harborview, moved with her young family to Long Beach, CA, then returned to Federal Way and worked as a King County Public Health nurse from 1967-1989. She was a lifelong Husky fan.
Bobbie loved her many cats and was an accomplished master gardener. She also was an avid amateur meteorologist who loved storms, kept daily records monitoring her barometer and enthusiastically corrected the television weatherman.
Bobbie had a passion for muscle cars. She owned a '62 Corvette convertible, a '67 GTO and a '69 orange Camaro, and occasionally was seen running laps at SIR. This passion for cars eventually launched her brief but brilliant acting career as "Hot Rod Grandma" in the movie Clutch.
Bobbie was preceded in death by sisters Helen Hartness, Martha Lehmann and Mary "Lucile" Teller. She is survived by Nicole Nixon Hacker of Seattle, Shawn (Cristelle) Nixon MD of Wenatchee, Shelley (Mark) Nixon Shepherd of Seattle, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 7 nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Laurelhurst 4805 NE 45th St, Seattle on Saturday, February 8th at 1:00. A celebration of her life will follow at the home of Mark and Shelley Shepherd. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Seattle Humane Society or favorite Pet Shelter.
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Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 26, 2014