Lucille R. MIXON
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NEWPORT NEWS - Mary Lucille Harris Raper Mixon, 90, passed away after an extended illness, Monday, April 23, 2012.
Lucille received a BA in English, French, and History from East Carolina University and a master's degree in Education from William and Mary. She taught in North Carolina from 1942-43 and in Newport News from 1943-1985. She was a member of the Newport News Education Association, the Virginia Education Association, the National Education Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Lucille's great loves were animals, gardening, and most of all her family.
She was preceded in death by her spouses, Jasper Mebane Raper, Henry C. Mixon; sisters, Ada Corn, Maude Brock, Louise Huff; and brother, Joseph Harris.
Survivors include her children, William Mebane Raper and his wife, Susan, Mary Lou Raper Toole and her husband, John, John Steven Raper; sister, Helen Harris Kemp; grandchildren, Hansford Dawn Raper Post and her husband, Christopher, Mary Jennifer Toole, Candace Marie Toole; great-grandchildren, Rosemary Lucille Watson, Katie Marie Seitz; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2012, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at noon Saturday, April 28, at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.



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Published in Daily Press from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2012.
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May 2, 2012
Bill, Steve and Mary Lou - I was so saddened to learn of your mother's passing. She loved you so very much and I know she will be greatly missed by each of you. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
April 29, 2012
My deepest symphathy to Ms Mixon's family. She will always hold a spot in my heart.
Deb Clark-Ward
April 27, 2012
Grandma and my neice Katie
This woman was one of the strongest and most motivational person I ever knew. She was my Grandma but really my Mom. She always spent time with me after grading her papers. She taught me how to read, write and how to do math. She also had me as her little helper in her beautiful garden, picking butterbeans, squash, tomatoes, corn, etc.
She always asked me if when she got to old to take care of herself, if I would do it? I would joke and say no way! However, for the past 4 years and especially this past year I have been there every waking moment to take care of her, just as she took care of me. We always had this saying, I would say," I love you Grandma!" She would reply, " I love you too!" and I'd say, " I love you more!" and she would say, " I bet you don't!" We said that back and forth until last week when she just stopped talking and could only focus on breathing.
I know a lot of her is in me, I am a very motivated independent person just like her.I'm her mini me. This December I will graduate from Riverside as a Registered Nurse and plan to continue on at VCU for my masters.
Grandma, I love you! You will always be in my heart and I know you will always be watching over me helping me with my studies and life. I will miss you and see you as soon as God comes to get me!
Jennifer Toole
April 26, 2012
It is with such fond memories I remember Mrs. Mixon. A very strong,determined and steadfast teacher who loved teaching English. She wanted all of her students to be successful and to pass her class in hopes that they would truly learn for a lifetime; which included exactly why diagramming sentences were important., :) and how what she taught us would be necessary for the remainder of our educationial years and beyond. In which it truly has! Sadly, I never saw her again after I was promoted from Jackson Elementary School, but I thought about her every year in the fall when I walked into what would be the next 7 years of my required English classes from HighSchool to College knowing I had one of the best in my earlier years. To her family, I send my love,thoughts and prayers. God Bless You Always.
Claudia
April 26, 2012
John and Mary, my heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Moms are special people and they touch our hearts so deeply. I will keep you in my prayers.
Charlotte
April 26, 2012
Mrs. Mixon was a wonderful teacher. I remember whenever we would cut up in class that she would give us dictionary words as punishment. I can still hear her say, "Ok, that will be 10 dictionary words with 3 meanings each." The trick was to find words with the shortest definitions; however, in trying to do so you had to search the dictionary from cover to cover. So, in attempt to find the shortest definitions to write, you had to read the definitions of a hundred other words too. She had us widening our vocabularies without us even knowing it.
Kirk Wilkerson
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