Friends and family mourn the passing of Nixie Coffman of Meeker. Nixie passed away on Dec. 21, 2016, in the company of good friends.

Friends and family mourn the passing of Nixie Coffman of Meeker. Nixie passed away on Dec. 21, 2016, in the company of good friends.

She is survived by her brothers Jay Coffman and Doug Coffman and her sister Wendi Coffman as well as her many friends and relatives all over the country and by her beloved horse Puddin’.

Nixie was born Sept. 27, 1950, in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent her younger years there. When she was 7, her family moved to Seward, Nebraska. Following her graduation from Seward High School in 1968, Nixie attended Wayne State College in Nebraska, studying music. From high school on she was very accomplished at the piano, trumpet and accordion, and music always flowed from her house.

After college she traveled extensively throughout the western United States, living in a number of places and holding many varied jobs in many fields as well as cosmetology—having earned a certification in cosmetology along the way. She finally settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There she attended and earned a diploma as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Never one to rest on her laurels, Nixie then applied for and was accepted by the very prestigious Chemical Engineering program at the University of Minnesota. She earned her degree in Chemical Engineering in 1982 where she was one of the first women to achieve a degree in Chemical Engineering from the university.

She started her career in engineering with 3M in Minneapolis where she made many contacts and gained valuable skills. However, she was always attracted to the country life so when she got an offer from Exxon Mobile in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in 1988 she quickly accepted and packed up and moved to Meeker, where she resided for the rest of her life.

In Meeker, she purchased ten acres east of town and began her career working with Mobile and followed her passion for animals by collecting a wide assortment of animals with horses being her pride and joy. Trail riding was one of her favorite activities.

Over the years she moved up the ladder at Mobile where she became a division manager. She retired form Exxon Mobile in 2005.

Nixie became deeply imbedded in life around central Oklahoma. After becoming acquainted with Oklahoma tornados and their relationships to trailers, Nixie designed her own log house and supervised its construction on her property. The new log house quickly became the center of life for Nixie and many of the people she entertained.

Throughout her life Nixie supported many causes and helped many people and organizations in her community. She particularly liked and supported the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and attended many of their events, including the annual Cowboy Christmas Ball. One of her great joys was teaching young girls how to ride. She was also a regular at many of the state legislative breakfast and lunches where she learned about the workings of Oklahoma government and made many friends and voiced many opinions.

Nixie also organized the Meeker Lake Recreational Association, which helped make improvements to Meeker Lake. She also spent countless hours volunteering with the Meeker Friends of the Library, where she wrote and secured grants, helped with fundraisers, including the annual Bunko fundraiser and other events associated with the library.

Nixie was also a member of the Meeker Roundup Club and helped with events including the annual Christmas parade, rodeo and Pecan Festival. She also volunteered with the National Finals Youth Rodeo that was held in Shawnee.

Finally, none of the proceeding fully captures Nixie’s unique personality, sense of adventure and her warped sense of humor. No one could be around her without laughing constantly and becoming convinced that anything is possible. She will be missed.