Chester Harold "Chet" Nixson

Marriages - "The Evening Leader" - Monday, August 26, 1940
            Miss Elwilda Frances Clark, 290 Bridge street, daughter of Mrs. James Ripley, 57 East Market street was married to Chester Harold Nixson, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Walter Nixson, Corning R. D., Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the North Baptist Church. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. George Lee Fish, pastor of the Green Street Baptist Church, Newburyport, Mass., a friend of the family.
            Only attendant of the bride was Miss Laura Betts of Binghamton, aunt to the bridegroom, Samuel Elmond Clark of Bradford, Pa., brother of the bride was best man, and the ushers were Hobart Chatfield of Addison and Louis Nixson, Corning R. D. 4.
            The wedding music was played by Mrs. Clyde Hicks, who also accompanied Mrs. Chauncey Holden, who sang "I Love You Truly" and "At Dawning".
            A princess style dress of white chiffon over white taffeta made with a train was worn by the bride with a shoulder veil attached to a small band of orange blossoms. She carried madonna lilies. Miss Betts wore light blue Chantilly lace and a small yellow flowered hat with horsehair brim and a large yellow bow tied at the back of the head. Her bouquet was of yellow roses.
            The bride's mother was dressed in navy blue with yellow accessories and the bridegroom's mother in black chiffon over white with white accessories.
            A reception at the home of the bride's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmond Backer was attired in teal blue and wore orchid sweet peas. At the house a North Baptist girls quartet composed of Delores and Shirley Drehmer, Joyce Williams, and Vivian Rocco sang. Pink and yellow directions with garden flowers were used.
            Twelve were seated at the bridal table which was centered with a double bell wedding cake. Another table was especially decorated in honor of the birthday of the bridegroom's grandmother, Mrs. Tracy Betts.
            Mr. and Mrs. Nixson went to Buffalo and Niagara Falls on their honeymoon trip, for which the bride wore a black and white ensemble and white accessories.
            Out-of-town guests included Mr. and Mrs. Perry Wilson of Pine Hill and Miss June Swab of Duke Center, Pa.
            The bride and bridegroom attended Northside High School, and the latter is now operating a Shell gas station on East Market street. The bride has sung at various events in the city.

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Chet & Elwilda Nixson

"The Corning Leader" - Friday, August 20, 1965
25th Wedding Reception To Be Held Here Saturday
            Mr. and Mrs. Chester Nixson of 553 E. Water St., will be honored Saturday at a reception from 9 to 5 p. m. in the Knights of Columbus Home, with their daughter, Sue, acting as hostess.
            Mr. and Mrs. Nixson will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Both are lifetime residents of Corning and attended Northside Schools.
            Mrs. Nixson is a daughter of Mrs. Agnes Ripley of 137 Wall St., and the late James Ripley. Mr. Nixson , who has been employed at Corning Glass Works for 24 years is the son of Mrs. Eva Nixson of 427 Reynolds Ave., and the late Walter Nixson.
            The Nixsons were married August 24, 1940 in the North Baptist Church by the Rev. George Lee Fish. They were attended by Mrs. Wilson Morgan (Laura Betts) of Binghamton, an aunt of the bridegroom, and Samuel Clark of Erie, Pa., brother of the bride. They have one daughter, Sue, who will be assisted at the reception by her grandmother, Mrs. Ripley.

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Chester Harold Nixson

Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - June 7, 2018
Chester Nixson
            Chester H. Nixson, age 100, of Naylor Lane in Painted Post, NY died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Absolut Care at Three Rivers.
            Chester was born on March 24, 1918 in Corning to Walter and Eva Fay (Betts) Nixson. He married Elwilda Clark on August 24, 1940 in Corning and was predeceased by her on April 19, 2006. During and after high school, he worked at and managed various gas service stations in the area. Chester then went to work for Corning Glass Works in 1940 and retired in 1978. For many years, he owned and operated a TV sales and repair business. After his retirement, he volunteered for Meals On Wheels, repaired talking machines for the Red Cross and the Corning Library, and painted houses. He continued in the business of repairing TV's until the age of 94.
            Chester was a long-time member of the South Corning United Methodist Church.
            He is survived by his daughter, Sueanne Longo of Corning; sister, Jean Wenban of Corning; brother, Lewis Nixon of Corning; granddaughter, Tiffany (Shaun) Keyes of Madison, MS; great grandchildren, Zoe and Zayn Keyes; close friend, Eloise Chapin. He was predeceased by his wife, Elwilda, brother, Ivan Nixon, and sister, Lillian Fuller.
            Calling hours will be held on Friday June 8th at the South Corning United Methodist Church, 12 Caton Road, Corning, NY from 2 until 3 PM where funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM with Reverend Patrick Holder officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Knoll Cemetery.
            Memorial donations may be made to the church.
            Chester's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.

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Taken from email from George Rogers 6/21/07:
            Corning, NY - Elwilda F. Nixson, age 84, of Corning, NY passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at Corning Hospital after a long illness.
            Mrs. Nixson was born August 3, 1921 in Corning, NY the daughter of the late James and Agnes (Clark) Ripley. She attended Northside Schools in Corning.
            She married Chester H. Nixson at North Baptist Church on August 24, 1940. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Chester H. Nixson, a daughter Sue Anne Longo of Corning, granddaughter Tiffany (Shaun) Keyes of Madison, Mississippi, and a great granddaughter Zoe Keyes of Madison, Mississippi.
            Together Mr. and Mrs. Nixson were active members of South Corning United Methodist Church. Elwilda was also involved as a volunteer for RSVP and Pro Action of Steuben County.
            Elwilda was a homemaker who loved her family. She will be remembered greatly for her kindness and her generosity. She will be missed by her family and friends.
            The family wishes to express their appreciation of the staff at The Waters of Three Rivers and also at Corning Hospital for their acts of kindness and care during her stay. Friends may call on Friday, April 21st from 1 to 3 PM at Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 West Pulteney St., with the service held at the conclusion of calling hours, Rev. Richard Hurd officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Knoll cemetery at the convenience of the family.
            Those wishing may remember Elwilda through donations to the South Corning United Methodist Church, 12 Caton Road, Corning, NY 14830.

Elwilda Nixson's grave
Elwilda Francis Clark
(1921 - 2006)
Chester Harold "Chet" Nixson
(1918 - 2018)
Chapel Knoll Cemetery
Coopers Plains, Steuben Co., NY.

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