Theresa Rizzo Mixon, 83, of Boyle passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the South Sunflower Medical Center in Indianola.
A visitation was held Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 10-11 a.m. at Cleveland Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services followed in the New Cleveland Cemetery. Father Kent Bowlds officiated the service.
Theresa was born on January 18, 1936, to Tony Rizzo Sr. and Concetta Gagliardi Rizzo in Cleveland. She attended Cleveland Schools. She married James William Mixon on August 25, 1952, in Cleveland. She was a member of Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church. Theresa was a special person. She loved crafting, rescuing treasures, and collecting many things such as antique glassware. She was a caregiver to many throughout her life but especially her niece, Maria Pullen for the past seven years. To know Theresa was to love her and there were many who did. If someone had a story to tell or a problem that needed fixing, she was there to lend an ear. She never met a stranger and could connect to anyone. Theresa loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all her heart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tony Rizzo Sr. and Concetta Gagliardi Rizzo; her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Beverly Mixon; and grandson, Blake Downs. She was also preceded in death by nine siblings, Phillip Rizzo, Jimmy Rizzo, Dominic Rizzo, Tony Rizzo Jr., Josephine McCallister, Louise Miller, Ann Pullen, Rosa Hutchinson, and Mary Rhodes.??
Theresa is survived by daughter, Janice Mixon (Larry) Downs of Indianola; six grandchildren, Brandon (Amanda) Mixon, Adam (Ashley) Mixon, Lindsey Mixon Massey, Anna (David) Williams, Silas Griffith, and Charles (Mary Kat) Downs; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were grandsons Adam Mixon, Brandon Mixon, Charles Downs, and David Williams.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38501.
The online guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.