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Joan Elizabeth Mixon Sage

Joan Elizabeth Mixon Sage

Joan Elizabeth Mixon Sage
1942 – 2015

Joan Elizabeth Mixon Sage slipped away from us in the wee hours of April 8, 2015.  She had been ill for several months and finally succumbed.  Joan had a myriad of medical problems.  She did not want to leave us but finally could not hang on and left her family and friends heartbroken, with a deep sense of loss.

Joan began her life in October 29, 1942 in Kansas City, MO.  She was the first child of Rev. Dr. Randle Richard Mixon, Sr. and Loyce Ann Mixon (Frazier).  She was greatly loved and charmed everyone she met.  This aspect of her personality, a charming and engaging nature carried her throughout life.

During the war years she lived in Louisiana with her mother, and paternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Joan always felt an affinity to Louisiana and was proud of her roots. When her father came home from war the little family moved back to Kansas where her father ministered in Baptist churches and her two brothers were born.  Soon a little sister joined the family and the rest is history.

In 1953 Joan and her family moved to Chula Vista, California where her father took the pastorate of 1 st Baptist Church.  Joan was vivacious, intelligent, and very popular especially with the boys.  There she met her “forever” friend of 61 years, Marilyn Chapman-Matthews (Mernie) and they remained devoted until Joan’s passing.  In 1958 the family moved again to Boise, Idaho. This was a difficult move for a young woman of 16.  She graduated from Borah High School and was active in 1 st Baptist Church activities.  She left for Linfield College where she met the love of her life, Douglas Floyd Sage.

The two married on March 17, 1962 and left for Paris, France where Doug was stationed in the Army.  She made a home for them there as she did everywhere else they lived.  She loved being a wife and taking care of her guy.  They celebrated 51 years of marriage made poignant by the passing of Doug on their 51 st anniversary.  They were soon delightfully surprised by the news of Joan’s impending pregnancy while stationed in Alabama.  Cathleen Marie Sage was born on April 29, 1965 and was the joy of their lives.  Joan and Doug lived several places including Seaside, OR, Ketchikan, AK, and Story, WY.  They finally settled in Boise, ID for employment and to be near their family and friends.

Joan had a lot of energy and became socially involved no matter where she lived.
She was known for dancing with her favorite partner, Doug and she left a love of early rock n’roll and country music to her family.  She followed with keen interest both Doug and Cathi’s love of horses and was proud of her daughter’s accomplishments in 4H and rodeo events. She bowled, played Bunco, volunteered, loved camping, read voraciously, traveled, went to concerts, owned horses and dogs, and was a great friend. She showed up for her grandson’s games, concerts, and proudly spoiled them rotten. Joan’s special friend, Denice DeLong headed up a group of friends who ran around together, played cards, camped, and enjoyed life. Her dedication and support for those she loved was well received.  She was loyal to a fault, often going the extra mile to see that their needs were met over hers.

Joan worked in various positions starting as a food server and ending working for Environmental Health at Central District Health Dept.  She took an early retirement so that she and Doug could travel in their 5 th wheel and enjoy life together.  Tragedy struck a few months later when Doug had a stroke and soon became totally disabled.  Joan spent the next 8 years of her life caring for him at home.  When he passed, she thought she would be able to resume her life but her own declining health kept her close to home and doctors.

Joan was preceded in death, by her husband, Douglas Floyd Sage, father, Rev. Dr. Randle R. Mixon, Sr., mother in law, Dolly Sage, father in law, Floyd Sage, brother-in law, Gregory Sage, stepfather, Dr. Robert Mahard Frazier, brother, Charles Lynnwood Mixon, and nephew, James Jackson Barsness. She leaves behind her mother, Loyce Ann Mixon Frazier, brother, Rev. Dr. Randle (Rick) Mixon, sister, Charlotte Ann Mixon Lanier, her nephew, Max Randle Barsness, and great grandnephew, Braden Jamis Gerlach. Most importantly, she is survived by her beautiful daughter, Cathleen (Cathi) Marie Sage, and two adored grandsons, Kyle Lindsey Tikala and Shawn Quinn Tikala.

Joan was cremated and will be interred at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery with her husband.  On Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 3:pm, there will be a celebration of her life at Alden Waggoner Funeral Home.  A reception will follow at her home, at 11267 W. Irving Lane, where family and friends are invited to socialize and remember her.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Allumbaugh House, a Medical Detoxification and Mental Health Crisis Unit, 400 N. Allumbaugh St., Boise, ID 83704.

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