Adelia Marion Wixon West, a lifelong resident of Dennis Port, was born in the family home during a blizzard on January 18, 1921, and passed away at home on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Marion B. Baker and Nathaniel H. Wixon. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan West Babcock; her sister, Pauline Wixon Derick; and her former husband, Robert E.J. West. She is survived by her daughter, Eleanor West Koehler and her husband Chris, sister Natalie Wixon Denzer and her husband Neil; grandchildren Jennifer Mackall and her husband Parker, Christine Koehler, Gretchen Mann and her husband Greg, Aeron Babcock and his wife Claudia, and Gita George; great grandchildren Christopher and Nicholas Carter, Savannah Couch, Dylan and Julian Babcock and Sierra Koehler; her extended family Ken, Liz, Ruth, Tom, and Anya George; Crista Couch and many nieces and nephews. Adelia attended Dennis schools and was first violinist in the school orchestra. She was an avid dancer and gymnast and danced in numerous Cape theaters. She was a member of the Community of Christ Church (RLDS), Nickerson Family Association, Dennis Historical Society, and Swan Lake Cemetery Association. She was an 11th generation Mayflower descendent. She loved the ocean, gardening, genealogy, wildlife, collecting obituaries, antiques and Native American artifacts. She was employed by Marion Wixon Cottages and worked as a home health aide caring for the elderly until her retirement at the age of 80. With boundless energy, she cared for family, neighbors, and friends. With empathy and benevolence, her door was always open to anyone in need. She could knit, crochet, sew, cook, and paint. She was an amazing storyteller of local history and people. She spent hours every day in her garden and painted her own home at age 85. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who lovingly called her "Nana." She was nicknamed "Babe" by her grandparents and called this affectionately by everyone in town. A spiritual woman with a kind and generous heart, she will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. A graveside service was held at the Swan Lake Cemetery in Dennis Port on Saturday August 13, 2011. A celebration of her life was hosted by her family at the West Dennis Graded School, School Street West Dennis, immediately following the graveside service. Donations may be made to the Community of Christ Church, c/o Ava Jenney, 28 Charles St., So. Yarmouth, MA 02664 or to the Swan Lake Cemetery Association c/o Burt Derick, PO Box 291, So. Dennis, MA 02660.
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Published in The Barnstable Register from Aug. 11 to Aug. 18, 2011