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MIXON (Bigbie), Ida Few Ida Few Bigbie Mixon passed away on January 2, 2018 at her home in Lenbrook Retirement Community with her loving family at her bedside. She was born on Dec 23, 1929 and reared in Clay County in southwest Georgia. She was the daughter of Ida Grady McLendon and Clarence Eugene Bigbie. She was predeceased by her husband Billy P Mixon, her brother Dr John Bigbie, and step sister Vicky Knighton. She is survived by her children Margaret Evans, Jenny Mixon, Bill Mixon (Becky) and Charles Mixon (Lynn), 7 grandchildren (Jenny Lynn Evans, Megan Evans, Billy Mixon II, Brittany Mixon, Charles Mixon Jr, Mary Walker Mixon and Maggie Mixon) and her sister-in-law Dr Mary Jo Sibbald. The family wishes to thank Mom's devoted caretakers Conrad Kidayi, Vanessa Boyd and Cora Barnes. Ida Few graduated from Ft Gaines High School and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Wesleyan Conservatory where she studied piano under distinguished Professor Joseph "Papa" Maerz. While at Wesleyan Ida Few served on the Student Government Board, was president of her Sophomore Class and was chosen Miss Senior Class. After graduating from Wesleyan she taught music in Columbus GA, where she fell in love with a handsome young 2nd Lieutenant fresh out of Officer Candidate School at Ft Benning. Billy and Ida Few were married on June 14, 1952 at Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in Clay County. Shortly thereafter Billy was deployed to the Korean War where he commanded a tank brigade in combat. During Billy's deployment Ida Few taught piano and music "at home" in Ft Gaines. Upon Billy's return from the war the couple settled in Columbus GA where their 4 children were born, raised and shared many happy years together. While in Columbus Ida Few completed graduate studies at Columbus State University and was involved in various civic and cultural activities to include founding board member of the Springer Opera House, organist for St Paul Methodist Church, and the Junior League. In 1977, upon Billy's promotion to the Mixon Baker Agency, the couple moved to Atlanta and settled in the Brookhaven neighborhood. In Atlanta Ida Few served as assistant organist of Peachtree United Methodist Church, pianist for the Timothy Class and chairman of the Ensemble of the Atlanta Symphony. She and Billy were avid gardeners, grew prize winning roses, and managed an incredible garden that was featured on the Atlanta Botanical Garden Connoisseurs Tour. Ida Few was proud of her southern heritage, whereby her namesake William Few represented Georgia as one of the two original signers of the US Constitution. She belonged to various heritage organizations to include Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of the American Revolution and Descendants of the Signers of the US Constitution. Ida Few, or Choo as her "chirrens" called her, was an elegant sophisticated lady and a "SuperMom". Her favorite word was "wonderful" - she was indeed a wonderful mother and wife, and she will be sorely missed. Memorial services will be held on Sunday January 7, 2018 at Peachtree Road Methodist Church at 2:30 PM with reception thereafter in the fellowship hall.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 5, 2018
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