- March 27, 2015
- Wilmington, Delaware
of Matilda's Passing
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“Hello cousin Scott and Lisa,I did not know your mother, but we were cousins. I have added your complete pedigrees to my Bixby-Stewart family tree.Jim
1 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Stewart - Deerfield Beach, FL
“Dear Lisa and Scott -Steve and I are so sorry. We both will miss your mom's gentleness and ability to find enjoyment in all she did. Jane and Steve
2 of 24 | Posted by: A friend
“Lisa,I came across this by accident - so sorry for your loss. I know it's tough. My family and I will pray for you.Robert Johnston
3 of 24 | Posted by: A friend
“Lisa and Scott,As my folks from NZ wrote, we've been so privileged to have known Junie (and Sissy) over the years thanks to the many special visits...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Jackie Farrow - Singapore
“What a wonderful friend. I so enjoyed seeing her again at the class reunion in Delaware. My sympathies to her friends and family members. Lynn
5 of 24 | Posted by: Lynn Mulford Calhoun - Wilmington, DE
“Scott and Lisa. Very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Will say a prayer for her, you and the Family.Bob Rosenberg
6 of 24 | Posted by: A friend
“Scott and Family,I am saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved Mother. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
7 of 24 | Posted by: Greg Stout - East Brunswick, NJ
“Lisa and Scott,Warm thoughts and happy memories of Tatnall days and seeing your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
8 of 24 | Posted by: Nancy Farley Brennan - Matthews, NC
“Lisa, Scott, Alice and Grand children,
My deepest Condolences to you all. I will miss her very much.
9 of 24 | Posted by: Gloria Fox - Wilmington, DE
“So many happy childhood memories of your mom. My sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lisa, Scott and family.
10 of 24 | Posted by: Ann Little - Wilmington, DE
“The news of your mother's passing brings back old memories. Our families were neighbors years ago in Carrcroft. My older sister had her first job...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl Simmons (nee Seibert) - DE
I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers. God bless you.
12 of 24 | Posted by: Melissa Adkins Young - Wilmington, DE
“Dear Scott and Lisa, Iam very shocked to hear of Junie's passing. She was a dear wonderful friend and I am going to miss her at PLP. Last year she...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Ellie Murray - Naples, GA
“So sorry to see your mom passed Lisa, m our thoughts are with you, love Scott, Meredith & Kyle..
14 of 24 | Posted by: Scott Gardner - Wilmington, DE
“Scott,My sincerest condolences to you and your family on this great loss. I can tell from the obit that she was a fascinating woman. I hope you are...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Hudson - Newark, DE
“Lisa and Scott,We were privileged to meet your Mom on our first visit to your Grandfather. We had many more visits with him, Junie and Sissy over the...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Heather and Tony Farrow
“Lisa and Scott-This is such incredibly sad news. Your Mom was such a force of nature that it is hard to comprehend that she is gone. I know you...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Nina DiPinto - Hockessin, DE
“I was Junie's hairdresser for 15+ years and I am very grateful to have known her. She always had so many interesting things to talk about, her...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Julie Davis - Newark, DE
“Hi Scott and Lisa, Your Mom seemed to be a delightful woman. All the travel adventures and photos you and she share on FB are fun to see. I know you...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Jon Whitcomb - Wilmington, DE
“Lisa and Scott I am saddened to hear of your Mothers passing, she truly was a lovely woman an all who knew her were blessed to have met her.
20 of 24 | Posted by: Meg Hartman - Wilmington, DE
“I am thinking of you and lifting you all in prayers of comfort and peace. I am so sorry for your loss.
21 of 24 | Posted by: Lori Bagli - Glen Allen, VA
“Lisa and Scott - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Peggy and I spent so many hours in your house growing up and your Mother was...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: A friend
“So sorry for your loss, Scott.
23 of 24 | Posted by: Margaret Alderson - Wilmington, DE
“My deepest condolence on the loss of your dear mother. May the many beautiful memories you shared together remain close to your heart. May you find...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: ms Tony
Matilda Beasley Bixby
Matilda B. Bixby ("Junie"), age 77, died on Friday, March 27, 2015 after a short illness.
Junie was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to the late Warren F. Beasley and Matilda vanTrump Beasley. Her family moved back to the Wilmington area in 1945 and she grew up at "Point Pleasant Farm" near New Castle where her mother's family had lived since 1845. She attended The Tatnall School and graduated from Wilmington Friends School in 1955. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mt. Holyoke College in 1959, where she later said she majored in "college weekends." In later years, she had to explain her class standing at least twice in special meetings with various Deans of Admissions. She taught Kindergarten at The Tatnall School for 10 years and, in 1975, received a Masters of Science degree from the University of Delaware in Early Childhood Development and graduated with distinction. In 1978, she entered law school at what was then Delaware Law School (now Widener University School of Law) and, in 1981, earned a Juris Doctor degree cum laude. She had a family law practice in Media, Pennsylvania for 15 years until she could no longer accept what she believed to be a generally inept court system in Delaware County.
Upon retirement from the law, she decided to pursue her enjoyment in travel by joining Brooks Travel in Wilmington. One of her greatest pleasures was in helping friends and clients plan trips and, of course, in planning trips for herself and family. She also was an avid gardener (like her father), and enjoyed opening her garden to visitors for a Day in Old New Castle. Another of her passions was birding, and she trekked near and far to see as many birds as she could, including Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Honduras, Belize, and more. She had recently renewed her interest in bridge and was enjoying it thoroughly despite the many new conventions still to be learned. Junie embraced life with wide open arms and had a lot of fun along the way.
Junie is survived by her son, R. Scott Bixby, Jr., her daughter Lisa L. Bixby and her husband Gregg McGillivray, her grandchildren, Matt Bixby and Asher Bixby, her sister Alice B. Hupfel, her nephew W. Mott Hupfel III, her niece Allison H. Porter and her beloved kitties, Baci and Beasie.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 1100 AM at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church, 110 Old Kennett Road, Wilmington, DE 19807.
Interment will be private.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Christian Children's Fund, 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294.