Nancy Ann Coxon was born on July 25, 1934, and grew up on the southwest side of Chicago, IL, with her mother and father, Wilma and Claude Hazen; brother, Claude Jr.; and sister, Barbara. She graduated from Lindblom High School in 1952 where she was active in the band, sports, church and as a hall guard. After high school, Nancy attended Northern Illinois University (Northern) in DeKalb, IL. There she met her future husband and band member, Richard (Dick) Coxon. They were married on Dec. 27, 1953. Nancy, who always put others ahead of her needs, left Northern after her junior year to work and support her husband as Dick completed his undergraduate and graduate education. She also committed herself to raising her three sons: Kevin, Brian and Peter. She continued to pursue her education through night school and in 1971 received her diploma in early education with a minor in Library Science from Northern. Nancy and Dick raised their family in Downers Grove and Highland Park, IL, and were very proud of each sons education and business achievements. Nancy served as the Christian education director at First Presbyterian Church in Deerfield, IL. Nancy pursued a career at Sears Roebuck, retiring in 1990. Nancy and Dick left Highland Park in 1995 and settled at Lake Tansi in Crossville while also keeping a winter home in Leesburg, FL.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Wilma Hazen; brother, Claude Hazen Jr.; and granddaughter, Sydney Coxon.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard Coxon; sister, Barbara Cotter and her husband Herb of Westin, CT; sons, Kevin Charles Coxon and his wife Meka of The Woodlands, TX, Brian Richard Coxon and his wife Maryann of Lake Forest Park, WA, and Peter John Coxon and his wife Elizabeth of Houston, TX. Nancy is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Andrew, Jonathan, Joshua, Daniel, Timothy, Gabriel, Margo, Christine, Sarah and Cameron; and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Addison.
Nancy passed away quietly in Crossville on the morning of July 28, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Crossville.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Pink Polka Dots Guild, a nonprofit created in memory of Sidney Coxon, Nancy's granddaughter. Visit www.pinkpolkadotsguild.org.
Pink Polka Dots Guild
18115 33rd Ave. NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Published on August 8, 2016