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Mary Hixson

Mary Lou Ranne was born December 26, 1932 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ten days later, she was welcomed into the home of her loving, adoptive parents, Lewis and Gertrude Ranne, in rural Malvern, Iowa. She spent her childhood days on the farm and was educated through the 8th grade in a rural school. She attended high school in Malvern, graduating in 1950. She was honored to be the homecoming queen her senior year. She married a fellow classmate, Paul C. Hixson, on December 31, 1951 at Glenwood, Iowa. At the time, Paul was serving in the U.S. Army. Following his Army service, he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The family moved to Mount Ayr in 1963 with Paul working on the survey crew at the county engineer's office. After 7 years of night classes, he qualified to become the Ringgold County Engineer.

A daughter, Paula, was born March 9, 1954 in Council Bluffs, IA while her father was still in the Army stationed in England. A son, Curtis, joined the family on July 25, 1959 in Council Bluffs, IA. Subsequent to Paul's sudden death on October 16, 1976, Mary learned to drive and begun working at Horne Rexall in Mount Ayr. In 1979, she began employment at the Ringgold County Hospital where she remained for 20 years until her retirement.

Mary was a member of the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr where she was involved with the Dorcas group as they tied lab robes for residents of the local nursing homes and she was a faithful attendant of her adult Sunday school class. Mary had a lifelong enjoyment of sports, including her children's sports, and was a true blue fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Health reasons necessitated her moving to Clearview Estates (later the nursing home) in December 2013 where she resided until her death on October 16, 2016.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband Paul; daughter Paula McSweeney on October 31, 2006.

She is survived by her son Curt, and his daughter Hope, of Omaha, NE; granddaughter Brenna McSweeney of Peru, NE; son-in-law Tom McSweeney of Maryville, MO; cousins and friends.

A memorial fund has been established to the American Heart Association.

Service Date: October 20, 2016

Services:11:00 a.m. ~ Thurs. Oct 20, 2016
First Christian Church - Mount Ayr, IA
Officiating: Rev. Terry Roberts
Open Viewing: 12:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Wed, Oct 19
Family Present: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Wed, Oct 19
Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr, IA
Burial: West Liberty Cemetery - Glenwood, IA
3:00 p.m. Thurs, Oct 20
Memorials: American Heart Association

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We share your grief. Mary was very sweet. We look forward to seeing her alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29.

Jim & Donna Adams Oct 19 2016 12:00 AM


ANNE HAROVER YELL Oct 17 2016 12:00 AM