Mary Nell Baggett
1945 - 2021
Mary Nell Baggett (Hixon) caring wife, devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She lived a full, happy and productive life. She departed this world on March 6, 2021 at the age of 76.
Mary was born to Elmo and Lorena Hixon on January 3, 1945 in Hillsboro, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Richard Sherman Baggett, son, Scott Richard Baggett, and twin daughters, Tonya Leigh Babbitt (Baggett), Nicole Denise Cooper (Baggett). She is also survived by grandchildren Tyler Babbitt, Ashley Babbitt, Sebastian Cooper, and Emily Cooper.
After graduating high school, Mary attended California State University, Northridge where she earned a Master's degree with emphasis on Elementary School Education. She applied her love of children's education by serving as the office manager of Mira Catalina Elementary School for 16 years. Mary's pride was her ability to successfully work with students, parents, and teachers.
Mary was a devoted mother, energetic homemaker, avid seamstress and lover of flowers. When her children were young, she was always available to talk, counsel, listen and help her children and neighborhood friends over the rough spots of growing up. Fresh cookies and other treats were available after school and the numerous youth sporting events. Her skills as a seamstress were legendary – rips, tears, buttons replaced, pants too long-all fixed in a jiffy. Not to mention a new shirt or dress. Mary also took the time to "smell the roses." Roses, orchids, and iris were her favorites.
Later in her life, Mary contracted a debilitating lung disease. The initial prognosis was for no more than several years. Mary was determined not to let the disease rule her life -- she had clothes to mend, flowers to smell, and grand kids to spoil. She was a fighter, and with the help of her doctors, fought a courageous 20-year battle with the disease. She peacefully exited this world surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her life by living their lives to the fullest.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 20, 2021.