Stillwater News Press

March 11, 2013

Mari “Beth” (McGraw)Hixon

Stillwater NewsPress

— Mari “Beth” (McGraw) Hixon, 68, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Beth was born March 31, 1944, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to John J. McGraw and June (Burke) McGraw.  The family relocated to Tulsa when Beth was 6.  

Beth was a 1962 graduate of Edison High School and went on to earn her degree in chemistry from Oklahoma State University in 1966, followed by a master’s in counseling at the University of Tulsa. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and remained active in the alumni association. Beth married George E. Hixon, Jan. 28, 1967.  Their son John R. was born Nov. 21, 1978.

Beth first worked as a chemist for Sun Oil. She then taught chemistry one year at Oral Roberts University, followed by 42 years at Tulsa Community College. She dearly loved her colleagues and students and took great pride in their success.  Beth was also an active member at Cedar Ridge Country Club, the Chi Omega sorority Alumni, TCC Faculty Forum and First United Methodist Church.  

Beth is survived by her husband, George (of the home), son John, daughter-in-law Anna, and granddaughter, Valin Grace of Lewisville, Texas; sisters Megan Matthews (Benny), Tracy Neuendorf (Alan) and Kimberly Jones (Ricky); sister-in-law Judy Hixon, and mother-in-law, Anna Lee Hixon; nieces Angela Orr, Nora Robinson, and Paige Jones; and nephews, Steve E. Hixon, Scott Neuendorf, Marc Matthews, Ryan Jones and Barrett Matthews.    

Memorial service, 2 p.m., Monday, First United Methodist Church, 9th and Boulder, Tulsa.

Share a memory with the family at  In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to American Cancer Society.  Moore’s Southlawn Chapel, 918-663-2233.