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Marianne L. Nixon

Marianne L. Nixon

Marianne Leslie Nixon, longtime Bellevue resident, passed away May 29th at the age of 83 after a long, well fought battle with cancer.

Born July 15, 1929 in Seattle to Nathanial T. Davis and Erma L. Godsoe Davis, Marianne spent 6 years of her childhood in Spokane before moving back to Seattle permanently. She attended Broadway High School where she met her future husband to be, Edwin A. "Nick" Nixon. When Broadway High closed, she spent her senior year at Garfield High. Marianne attended the University of Washington and was a scholarship recipient majoring in art. She was a member of Lambda Rho Art honorary, W Key, Totem Mortar board, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Marianne married Nick in 1952 and served several years as a Navy wife. They raised three children over the years, Leslie Ann, Brian and Tim.

Marianne worked over 20 years in the field of engineering graphics for CH2M Hill. She was always involved in creative artistic ventures and was known for her many organization logo designs. She was a long time, well known and respected breeder of Lhasa Apsos introducing the breed to the Pacific Northwest. Her bloodline has provided the foundation and influence for many Lhasa breeding programs world wide. She spent much of her adult life involved with her daughter breeding and showing top winning dogs. She was very active in the American Lhasa Apso Club and eventually obtained her judges license, traveling the world and judging a variety of breeds of dogs. Marianne was a student, teacher and great mentor to many people in her life and was generous and giving to family, friends and strangers.

Her primary love was her family. She was an amazing cook and the slightest excuse became a weekend dinner celebration at "Grams". She was known to make extra places at the table during holidays and celebrations as everyone was always welcome in her home. She was the adored matriarch of her family.

Marianne is preceded in death by her brother, Michael T. Davis. She is survived by her husband Nick and children, Leslie Ann Engen, Brian and Tim Nixon, daughters-in-law Jeneen and Bobbi, ex son-in-law Mark Engen DVM, five grandchildren; Matthew and Bryce Engen, Ericka Winston, Thatcher and Maddie Nixon, and nephews Andrew and Mark Davis. For those she touched she will forever bring the light.

Marianne will be laid to rest at a private family gathering on June 22nd at Kirkland Cemetery. A celebration of her life is scheduled for family and friends later that afternoon.

If a charitable donation is desired in Marianne's honor, it is suggested that it be given to the AKC Canine Health Foundation or to the .

Published in The Seattle Times on June 9, 2013
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