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Ed Nixon's Wife Gay Lynne Passes on at 76

Gay Lynne Nixon, wife of Ed Nixon, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 at the age of 76 at her home in Lynnwood, Washington, with her husband at her side.

Mrs. Nixon died of Alzheimer’s, a disease she had suffered from for the past several years.

Her husband Edward C. Nixon is the younger brother of President Richard Nixon.

They married June 1, 1957 and had two children, Amelie “Amy” Peiffer of Kent, Washington and Elizabeth “Beth” Matheny of Everett, Washington.

In his book, The Nixons: A Family Portrait, published in 2009, Ed recalled the time they first met. “Sitting across from her, I could see she was full of spirit. I had my sights set on that young lady,” Nixon wrote.

“Gay Lynne was my lovely, attentive and giving partner for 57 years. I miss her dearly,” Ed said. “It is a difficult decline when one suffers from Alzheimer’s. I know it was extraordinarily hard on her as she realized its consequences. We had wonderful years together, many on the campaign trail with my brother. She enjoyed that role and was enormously helpful in so many ways,” said Ed.

Gay Lynne graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and earned her teaching certificate from the University of Washington.

She was a high school math teacher in the local Edmonds School District from 1967 to 1995, and then began private tutoring. She was an accomplished musician and excelled at the piano, classical guitar and accordion.

She had a broad interest in learning, traveled all over the world and learned to speak Finnish, Spanish, German and Italian well enough to lead groups of students on summer tours for People-to-People.

Memorial services will be held at the Swedish Club in Seattle from 6-9PM. Messages can be sent to Ed Nixon at