Margaret Ann Webb Nixon was born on June 22, 1947, to the late Lemar and Mary Elizabeth Webb in Jersey City, NJ. Margaret was the twelfth of fourteen children. A proud lifelong resident of Jersey City, Margaret made her heavenly transition on July 31, 2014, surrounded by her family.
Margaret joined Monumental Baptist Church as a young girl and remained a faithful member throughout her life. She attended Jersey City Public Schools, and Hudson County Community College.
Margaret was married to the late Clarence J. Nixon, who was her best friend and soul-mate. Together they raised a loving and devoted daughter Carla Dawn Webb. Margaret and Carla shared a unique bond. Carla matured into a lovely young woman, and their mother and daughter relationship developed into an everlasting friendship. As mother and daughter, they confronted life’s challenges, standing steadfast in support of each other.
Margaret was extremely close to her beloved grandsons, David and Justin. She embraced her role as a grandmother and enjoyed assisting her daughter in rearing two fine young men. Margaret was very involved with the education of her grandsons. As a result of her hands on involvement, she became the Vice President of the Ferris High School Parents Council.
One of the highlights of Margaret’s life was celebrating birthdays, holidays, and any occasion to bring the family together. She really enjoyed life! Margaret had a loving and caring relationship with her thirteen siblings.
As an aunt, Margaret is fondly remembered for her generosity. She gave of her love, time and anything else that her family needed. Her gifts and love were evenly spread among her numerous nieces, nephews, and their children. In her loving way, she was an encouraging aunt, always reminding each person of their importance and individuality. Margaret would openly acknowledge that none of us were without fault and would often say, “I thank God my pencil has an eraser.”
Margaret was employed by the Jersey City Public School system for 32 years and retired in 2008. She executed her role as a Teacher’s Assistant in the same fashion in which she lived her life, with great passion and zest. Margaret extended herself beyond the classroom for the benefit of her students.
Her consistent outreach forged partnerships with local businesses, and afforded employment for her students. Margaret worked diligently and garnered community support for school activities. She was a tireless advocate for students with special needs, and an avid supporter of Autism Research.
Margaret’s professionalism, compassion, and ingenuity were characteristics that served her well in her role as First Vice-President of the Jersey City Education Association.
Margaret’s hard work distinguished her as an outstanding community leader and role model for anyone who sought to achieve excellence. She was the recipient of proclamations issued by the City of Jersey City, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
In her retirement, Margaret’s energy, enthusiasm and zest for life did not waiver. She spent countless hours working with the Communipaw Avenue Block Association (CABA). The perpetual politician, Margaret routinely extended acts of kindness throughout the City. She was highly visible and a motivated participant at community and political functions.
Margaret thoroughly delighted herself in time well spent with family, “making her rounds” and shopping. Regardless of the items sought, she was sure to get the best bargain possible! Margaret’s personality was captivating. She easily developed relationships with preferred personnel in stores that she frequented.
In her own description, Margaret spent much time at home “pit-patting”. “Pit-patting” referred to her unique love of order. Whether in her home, or yours, everyone knew that everything needed to be done in a specific order. This order was most often displayed at family gatherings because everyone knew that no food would be served until Margaret approved. This was usually after she had set the table, arranged the food and desert and had photos taken of both her and the display.
Her meticulous nature was evident in every aspect of her life. For Margaret, there was a place for everything, and everything needed to be in it’s place.
Margaret loved God and her family. She was proud to be recognized as a Mother of the Church for the first time in 2013. Her earthly journey ended the way she lived her life, with a song in her heart and surrounded by a loving family.
Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Lemar and Mary Elizabeth Webb; her husband, Clarence Nixon; sisters, Sarah Murphy, Thelma Davis and Martha Webb; brothers, Jimmy, Robert, Richard, Lemar and Joseph Webb.
Margaret leaves to cherish her loving memory, her devoted daughter, Carla Dawn Webb; grandsons, David and Justin Webb; sisters, Theresa Ferguson, Mary Webb- Miller and LaVerne Webb-Washington; brothers, Reginald and Walter (Clartha) Webb; brother-in-law, William Davis; 40 nieces and nephews; a number of great nieces and nephews; special nieces Gail Harris, Karol Corbin Walker, Esq., and nephew Zane Corbin, and a host of other relatives.