Mary Nell Baggett
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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.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 20, 2021.
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April 16, 2021
Mary was one of the finest human beings I have ever known. She will be greatly missed!
Todd Mirsky
April 10, 2021
Our heart is with you, Sherman, and with your family as you learn to live with the memories of sweet Mary's love and influence. God bless you all.
Ron and Carmen Coker
Ron Coker
April 10, 2021
I remember Mary as a sweet and gentle young mate to my friend and UTA classmate Sherman. Not having seen them in over 40 years, I am so gently reminded of those younger days and glad to know that her life was as fruitful and rewarding as she truly deserved. My heart is with you, Sherman and your bountiful family. May God be with you all.
Ron Coker
Ron Coker
April 10, 2021
Mary was a wonderful aunt. I loved her dearly was always excited to be in the presence of her sweet positive nature. After her brother(my dad) and my husband passed, she also became a comforter and voice in darkness. She wasn't able to be here in Texas always, but she sent me a book that I cherished how to survive after tragedy and would send a word of encouragement often. Her kind and compassionate soul will be truly missed.
All my love,
Laura Hixon
Laura Anne Hixon
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