In Memoriam: Longtime Red Bank Resident and Former Fair Haven Pharmacy Clerk, Grace Nixon, 98

Longtime Red Bank resident and former Fair Haven Pharmacy employee, Grace Margaret Nixon, passed away on July 26, at home with her two daughters by her side. She was 98.

Raised in Jersey City, Grace married William George Nixon Jr. (1922-1968) in 1943, just before he went to serve in the European theater in WWII with the 527th Bombardment Squadron. After the war, the couple had two children: Cynthia and Penny. 

In 1955, the family moved “down the shore,” first to Middletown, then Atlantic Highlands before settling permanently in Red Bank. Grace worked at the Fair Haven Pharmacy for many years and was a founding member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Middletown, remaining active in her church for more than 60 years.

Grace Nixon
Photo/family via John E. Day Funeral Home

“A pillar of the community, Grace was always a friend to so many she encountered in her long life. She was an incredibly well loved and well-respected woman who welcomed everyone into her home and her heart. Despite her busy life, she somehow managed to be there for everyone; to her countless friends, both old and young, she was known to most simply as ‘Aunt Grace.’
An incredibly strong, vibrant, and independent woman, she loved to cook and entertain friends, which she did tirelessly—even at the ripe old age of 96 — until the start of the pandemic. Grace always had a smile on her face, and
she loved having ‘a lotta laughs.'”

Loved ones in Grace Nixon’s obituary

Grace is survived by: her daughters, Cynthia Nixon Bouker, of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Penny Virginia Nixon, of Los Angeles, CA; grandsons, Jon Stenman Bouker Jr. (Kerrie Briggs Bouker), and Christian William Bouker (Andrea Henry Bouker); great-grandchildren, Katherine Anderson Bouker, Jon Stenman Bouker III; step-grandson, Spencer Henry Moore; brother-in-law, Robert Nixon (Joan Nixon); many nieces and nephews; and the countless friends she made throughout her life’s journey.

“She was among the last of the ‘greatest generation,’ and one of the last of her old Jersey City gang of friends to pass. We know they were all waiting patiently to welcome her home,” family said.  

There will be a Celebration of Life on Sept. 2 at noon. The service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 92 Tindall Road, Middletown, NJ 07748. In lieu of flowers, donations to her church would be greatly appreciated.

— Edited obituary prepared by family via John E. Day Funeral Home

John Caroli
BCS Wealth Management