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Joan Lowery Nixon

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JOAN LOWERY NIXON, age 76, died Saturday, June 28, 2003 in Houston. Mrs. Nixon had a Journalism degree from the University of Southern California and was an author specializing in young adults mysteries. She was awarded The Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award for 4 of her mysteries, the only person to win 4 Edgar awards, and was an author of over 140 books. She was a member of Kappa Delta, past president of Houston Alumni Association, past president Mystery Writers of America and long time member of St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church. She developed "Kids Love a Mystery Week", initiated writing badge for the Girls Scouts of America, was an active member of Western Writers of America and earned 2 "Golden Spur" awards for the Orphain Train Series. One book, The Other side of Dark, was made into a movie. She had received many international, national, and state awards for her writing. Her books, were published in 20 languages. Mrs. Nixon is survived by her husband Hershell Nixon; daughters Kathleen Brush and her husband, Kirk of Colorado, Maureen Quinlan and her husband, Brian of Minnesota and Eileen McGowan of Houston; son State Representative Joe Nixon and his wife, Allyson of Houston; grandchildren Melia, Nichole and Veronica Brush, Brian, Michael, Sean, Andy, Bridget and Tim Quinlan, Nicholas, Stewart and Matt Nixon and Katherine Joan McGowan; sisters Pat Collins and Marilyn Lowery. Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm with a rosary at 7:30 pm at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, 10503 Westheimer Road with Rev. Mario J. Arroyo, Rev. Ralph Roberts and Rev. Issac O. Francis as Con-Celebrants. Rite of Committal will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the My Baby Project, Mental Health Association of Houston and Harris County, 2211 Norfolk, suite 810, Houston, Texas 77098.

Published in Houston Chronicle from June 30 to July 1, 2003
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