May 17, 2022

Ruth Nixon

Betty was born in Henry, South Dakota in 1920 to Gladys and Edmund Colgate. She and her parents eventually settled in Omaha, Nebraska, where she met and married Richard (Dick) Ingram. During the war, Betty and Dick resided in Peoria, Illinois, where she received training to become a dental assistant. She delayed her career to pursue the vocation of motherhood, giving birth to a daughter, Holly, in 1947 and, after moving to Norwalk, California, identical twin boys, Robert and David, in 1952. After practicing dental assisting and receiving a B.S. degree from USC, she continued her distinguished career as an educator, eventually becoming the chair of the dental assisting department at Orange Coast College and volunteering her services on the medical ship, Project Good Hope, in Brazil. In 1975 she retired and married a long-time friend, Colonel Alva (Al) Nixon, with whom she shared a happy life until his passing in 2008. Living with her husband in Vacaville, California, she became the adopted mother of Al’s three daughters, Kay, Barb, and Sue Jay. If there is any legacy that defined Betty’s life, it was the unflagging optimism and abundant love she lavishly bestowed on 6 children, 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was truly an example of Christ’s love and service to others in addition to be an active leader in Vacaville’s First Christian Church and the local DAR chapter. She will be forever missed by her family as well as by those who were blessed to know her in later life. We who survive her were all embraced in the warmth of her generosity and kindness. Betty is also survived by her brother, John Colgate, and her sister-in-law, Betty Jean.

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