Mary Katherine (Kate) Nixon

In Loving Memory of:
Mary Katherine (Kate) Nixon
December 31, 1941 – April 2, 2018

Mary Katherine (Kate) Nixon, 76, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018. A memorial service to honor the life of Kate will be held Friday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS, Wesley Covenant Chapel-Building C following cremation. A reception at the church will immediately follow.

Kate was born December 31, 1941 to John and Oma McKay in Independence, Missouri. Kate had an older sister, Norma White and a younger sister, Carole Kempster. She married Robert Lee (Bob) Nixon on December 22, 1957 in Belton, Missouri and was married to Bob for over 60 years.

Kate was preceded in death by parents John and Oma McKay, brother John Reed McKay and granddaughter Cameron Brook Nixon.

Kate is survived by her loving husband Bob, son John Reed Nixon (Debi), son Robert Joseph Nixon (Doris), son James Chad Nixon (Renee), daughter Leanne Marie Cofield (Chris), sisters Norma and Carole (Graham), 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Kate will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She strongly believed in equality for all people, and that everyone deserved a place at the table, regardless of their race, sex, religion or whom they choose to love; beliefs she instilled in her children from a young age. Kate was also passionate about helping the less fortunate, abused, disenfranchised and neglected. She had a keen sense of fairness, and often defended those without the power to defend themselves. Kate spent many years volunteering, and was later employed, at a shelter for abused women, work from which she gained great satisfaction.

Kate was a resident of Belton, Missouri. She was a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, an avid card player, and loved to travel. But most of all she loved when all of her family gathered for big dinners. Kate will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family humbly request memorial contributions be made to Hope House or SafeHome in memory of Kate Nixon.


  1. Debbie Herrokd on April 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Beautiful words and beautiful picture of a woman who touched and cared for everyone she knew. Her love and convictions for others will never cease because she made sure it was passed on for the future generations to do the same!

  2. Debbie Herrold on April 4, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Sorry, typo on last name and email address??

  3. Catherine Crowell on April 4, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Debi, so sorry to learn of your mother-in-laws passing. Praying for you, Reed and family. Catherine Crowell

  4. Dawn Worells on April 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I’m so so very sorry!!! I know the feeling oh too well!!! She will definitely be missed by many!!! Love to uncle Bob and all my cousins!!! ??????

  5. Don & Dotty Roberts on April 4, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    A loving testimony to a life well lived and a special Aunt well loved. We will hold your memory in our hearts until we meet again . Thank you for being the part of the Nixon clan that we proudly call family

  6. Kay Benjamin on April 4, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I came to know Kate better later in my life through her writings and articles she chose on facebook. She was my first friend in Belton. We both matured as the years went by. I regret I only talked to her at class reunions. She was a kind soul with a beautiful smile. I feel the lose greatly for her family and for my family also. Another angel in heaven now.

  7. Steven Hall & Patricia Sanders-Hall on April 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Reed & Debi, our hearts are saddened for your loss and we know all too well the earliest hours and days are the hardest. We send prayers that God’s loving and merciful presence will bring you peace. May sweet memories soon outweigh your sadness.

  8. Edna Saylor Raleigh on April 4, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    When I moved to Belton in 1954 Kate lived next door. She and Sue Miller were great friends, lucky me. They welcomed me and we became lasting friends for life. I will never forget Kate-she is etched in my heart forever.
    Thank you Lord for for allowing me to be called friend by Kate. She will live in my heart forever. I will miss her.

  9. Paul Nutter on April 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    A special lady, wife and mother of 4 incredible children. I’ll always remember the summers spent at there house when I was growing up. Whether it was going on the paper route, tearing walls down at the old house or just hanging out with the family it was a very special time in my life I will never forget. May the Lord comfort your hearts knowing that she’s finally home and living eternally with Jesus. I love you all and God bless.

  10. Jackie beard on April 4, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    The legacy Kate leaves behind speaks for itself. She did her part to make this world a better place and she obviously instilled that in her children who will carry on her legacy. May God give you peace in knowing your loved one lived a good life. My prayers and condolences go out to you and your family.

  11. Linda may on April 4, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  12. Cheryl (Johnson) Chin on April 4, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Aunt Kate had the heart and spirit to lift us all up, all the time! Will always remember her smile, laugh and always crazy, spontaneous actions, she always made me happy and I will always smile when I hear her name!

  13. Jim Millerschultz on April 4, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    My heart and Prayers are with you all during this time.

  14. Sharon Manley on April 6, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Kate had a beautiful smile and laugh. Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you Bob and your family.

  15. Alicia Mckay on April 6, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Love and prayers for you all .She was a wonderful gal .

  16. Jerry Mucke, on April 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Bob and family,

    You and your family have my deepest sympathy and my sincere prayer that your faith continues to hold you up during this sad time. You were lucky to have such a great lady as your wife and mother and I know your memories will live in your hearts forever. I was lucky to grow up with her and really wish we had kept in better touch. I am so glad I got to see her at the last get together. Good memories and typical Kate!

    Know that she is in a much better place.

  17. Stan on April 6, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    It breaks my heart to hear of Kate’s passing .She had a huge impact on my life… what an incredible woman, wife , mother, friend. So blessed to know her and her family. Praying for comfort and peace for her family.

  18. MaryAnn Tabor on April 7, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Ah, Kate, we will all always be 18. Our class was small, so we were all friends together through the years. We shaped each other and have now developed a deep fondness for one another honed by life’s experiences. To Bob and the rest of the family, please know you are in my heart during this time of your sorrow. I pray for comfort for you in knowing that Kate will always be with you.

  19. JO ANN WILSON on April 8, 2018 at 1:18 am


  20. Martha P Childers on May 3, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Bob, my heart goes out to you, your beloved family, and friends. Kate has been a light in my life since my teen years. I have seen your family grow and flourish with her nurturance and guiding light. She was one of my sister Virginia’s dearest friends. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in this time of deep grief.

  21. ' Winifred McMillian Granger on September 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Found this note, and it brought back so many memories of life in Belton. Kate was my baby sitter for Shell, Ann and Jeff McMillian. The years went by and lost contact with family. Norma, Oma and I played many games of cannasta. We were all members of Beta Sigma Phi. Just got my 60 year pin. Would like to hear from Norma and Carole.

  22. Barbara Henkemeyer on August 22, 2023 at 9:23 pm

    Oh Bob I am sitting here crying……I had no idea that Kate was so sick. My mind is still working (a little bit} but I have not kept up with much of anything in Belton…..too sad for me and this will make it even worse.
    I know I don’t have to tell you how “special’ she was to us all. I am so sorry for you and your family! If I ever make it back to Belton, I will call you.

    Your “old” neighbor Barb

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