DOMINO HIXSON Alice D. Hixson, 100, quietly slipped into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on June 11, 2012, from her home in Shawnee, Kan. Burial was in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Kan. For anyone wishing to honor her memory, the family suggests a gift to either Voice of the Retarded, Inc., 836 S. Arlington Heights Rd. #351, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, or to the Patients Activity Fund at Parsons State Hospital & Training Center, 2601 Gabriel St., Parsons, KS 67357. Born while the noon whistle was blowing on Wednesday, January 10, 1912, in Omaha, Neb., Alice was the only child of Blanche M. Webster and Clarence W. Weaver. She was raised in Salina, Kan., by her mother and stepfather, Edward Domino, where she was valedictorian of Salina High School's class of 1929 and won the 1929 Kansas state championship in Latin. Alice began her working career in Washington, DC, where she moved in 1934 from Salina, paying just $15 for a 48-hour cross-country bus ride. While working at the US Dept. of Agriculture, she completed college as an evening student earning a B.R.E. from Columbia College of Christian Education in 1939 and a B.S. degree from George Washington University in 1943. She married the Rev. George Hixson on Aug. 7, 1938, at 4th Presbyterian Church. When George shipped to the South Pacific as an Army chaplain in WWII
, Alice moved to Arkansas in August 1943 and farmed with her mother and stepfather. She also taught secretarial science at John Brown University in Siloam Springs and earned a master's degree in education from nearby University of Arkansas in 1946. As WWII wound down, Chaplain Hixson was posted to Japan and Alice joined him there in Yokohama. She taught English and business skills at a Japanese girls school. Among her many memories of living in Japan was becoming acquainted with Mrs. Chiang Kai-shek, sister-in-law of Sun Yat-sen, with whom Alice exchanged Christmas cards for several years. Another was attending a day of the war crimes trial of Gen. Hideki Tojo who had ordered the infamous attack that plunged America (and her husband) into WWII. By late 1947 the Hixsons returned to the US where Alice gave birth in Chicago to their first son. From 1949-1951 they lived in Ft. Worth, Texas, so George could complete his doctorate at Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and finally settled in Kansas City, Kan., in 1952. Here Alice began devoting energies to serving the disabled, minorities, immigrants, prisoners, the aged and the unemployed. The impetus for this arose because her second son was diagnosed mentally retarded and placed at Parsons State Hospital in 1955. Alice often said volunteer work kept her young. She taught classes at Central Baptist Seminary and First Southern Baptist Church, was a Cub Scout den mother, served on the Wyandotte County Mental Retardation Governing Board, and was active in Women's City Club, Osawatomie State Hospital Citizens Advisory Board, Wyandotte County Mill Levy Committee, Kansas City Area Retired Teachers Association's community service committee, Wyandotte County Senior Citizens Council, Friends of the KCK Library, Voice of the Retarded, and a host of other civic clubs and boards. She registered Southeast Asians for permanent residency status for the US Dept. of Immigration and Naturalization. In her "spare time," she was even a tax consultant for members of AARP and the Area Agency on Aging. Her volunteer work was rewarded with numerous public accolades. Notably, the 1981 Woman of the Year honor from the Business and Professional Women's Club of KCK. In 1983 she was named a Matrix Honoree by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc. In 1966 Alice began a decade-long career as a social worker for American Red Cross. Forced to "retire" at age 65, she quickly found "knitting and bread making" unfulfilling. So Alice remained an active Red Cross volunteer another nine years. In fact, Alice never really retired. She continued her education and was an outspoken advocate for social justice another quarter century -- especially for the blind and the intellectually and developmentally challenged. Having experienced military life with her husband in Japan, Alice relished assisting vets and their families through Red Cross. Some favorite memories include helping an elderly man apply for benefits based on his father's serving in the US Civil War; working with a Korean War
vet who'd been a POW in China; and hearing a Vietnam vet's eyewitness account of the fall of Saigon. "It was just a fascinating job every single day!" she said. Alice was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather; her husband of 59 years; two half-sisters, Eula Domino and Dorothy Domino; and a great granddaughter, Rose Mary McCann. She is survived by two sons, Stan (and Dr. Alice R.) Hixson and Philip Hixson. Also surviving are four beloved grandchildren, Polly Alice (and Brian) McCann, Jay Hixson, Christa (and Dr. Chreston) Miller, and Cadet Michael Hixson, along with three great grandchildren, Sophia McCann, Benjamin McCann, and Hannah Miller. Alice's family wishes to express special thanks and appreciation to Polly McCann, Jack and Barbara Cleaverdon, Ted Updike, and Alice's Odyssey Hospice care team for their love and untiring support during Alice's final years.