Graveside funeral services for Connie M. Hixenbaugh, 66 of Chariton, will be Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. at the Chariton Cemetery. A time of fellowship will be held after the service at the Grace Baptist Church in Chariton. Memorials in Connie’s honor may be made to the Grace Baptist Church.
The graveside service will be livestreamed through the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/connie-hixenbaugh
Connie was born October 8, 1956, in Olathe, Kansas, the second of four children to Charles and Corlene Crane. When she was 4 years old the family moved to California where Connie attended high school in Arcadia California and graduated in 3 years. After graduation she worked for a year at Yosemite National Park. Connie was always very interested in gardening and moved to Virginia to study French gardens under Allen Chadwick.
Her parents moved back to Chariton in 1980, and Connie moved back as well and met Richard Hixenbaugh in 1980. The couple was married on November 1, 1991. Her identity became “Joseph’s mother” after her son was born. She did everything to make sure God’s gift to her was raised right and Joseph was well prepared to live a good life. Connie was so happy for Joseph and Madeline when they were married this past May and was proud to welcome Madeline to the family knowing that she would take good care of Joseph.
Connie was a woman of faith and enjoyed seeking out the truth and sharing her faith. In the 1980’s she moved to Rockwell, Texas to be a part of the Church on the Rock before moving back to Iowa to marry Richard. Connie was straight forward, genuine, honest, impulsive, and spontaneous. Connie put forth her abundance of energy and love to helping others. She volunteered wherever she could and always gave it her all. She believed there is a whole lot in life, and you must put forth the effort to live and love as much as you can.
Connie passed away on October 30, 2022, at her home surrounded by the loves of her life: Richard, Joseph, and Madeline. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Richard; son, Joseph (Madeline); sister, Cathy (Ray) Letze; brother, Mitch (Tamara) Crane; sister-in-law, Jenell Crane, and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents: Charles and Corlene Crane, and brother, Matt Crane.