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Carla Sue Rucker Nix

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In her signature style that balances grace, strength and purpose, CARLA SUE RUCKER NIX closed the book of her earthly life after a sudden bout with cancer. She died peacefully at home in Richardson, TX on 14 May 2009 with her family, including her beloved rescue puppy Mr Twister.

A native Dallasite, she was born to Carl H and Rebekah McC Rucker on 7 Nov 1935. An exceptional woman, she graduated from Highland Park High School and attended Mary Baldwin College, Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Austin (BA in Education) and Columbia University - Teachers College (MA in Early Childhood Education). A talented educator, she taught in Valley Stream, Long Island and at Rosemont School and tutored with Head Start and Kramer Elementary in Dallas. While in Manhattan, she met Joe C Nix (deceased 17 June 2006) whom she married in the Rucker’s Normandy garden on 11 June 1960. A loving wife and mother, she wisely guided and selflessly supported the dreams of her admiring family while honing her uniquely inherent talents and abilities. An accomplished artist, she mastered painting, needlework, and gardening as evidenced in the welcoming homes that have entertained a variety of groups and longtime friends. A successful entrepreneur, she launched The ReArrangers interior design team, shopped the Texas countryside as buyer for Lady Primrose Antiques, and recently developed Jeffrey Walker Engravers. An energetic civic leader, she enjoyed membership in the Mary K Craig Class, Dallas Woman’s Club, Alzheimer’s Women’s Auxiliary for Research & Education, Park Cities Historical Society, Dallas Needlework & Tex-tile Guild, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, Dallas Southern Memorial Association, Dallas Antiques and Fine Arts Society, Dollhouse Museum of the Southwest, Afternoon Book Review Club, plus activities at Old City Park and with Mary Baldwin alumni. An active adventurer, she shared many incredible and ordinary memories with dear friends in The Sewing Club she initiated over 40 years ago, the FAARPS she travelled with here and there, the Second Sunday Social group she attended regularly, and ‘at home’ playing canasta - when she wasn’t enjoying the family’s Hopkins County farm or Colorado mountain retreat. A faithful believer, she loved her Lord everywhere through the Preston Road Church of Christ as a model member since 1942, Director of Classroom Teachers, Elder’s wife, and active volunteer with New Friends, New Life. Carla’s lasting legacy will be sustained through the promising futures of her surviving grandchildren, Caitlyn McK Nix and Conner R Nix; children, John W  Nix, Carl R Nix (and Bridget), and Rebekah K Nix; brother, Hugh W Rucker (and Gale); sister-in-law Betty N Lester (and Louis); as well as many other relatives and countless friends. Pallbearers: K L Breeden, Bill Carroll, Rodger E Denison, Chad Murray, Hugh A Rucker, and Sam Wilbur.Visitation will be at Restland Funeral Home, 9220 Restland Rd, on Sunday, May 17 from 3-5 pm. Funeral services will be at Preston Road Church of Christ, 6409 Preston Rd, on Monday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. Private burial at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to New Friends, New Life (214-965-0935), the American Cancer Society (800-227-2345) or VITAS Hospice Charitable Fund (877-800-2951).

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