Martha Ellen ‘Ellie’  Nixon Clarke

Martha Ellen ‘Ellie’ Nixon Clarke

Martha Ellen “Ellie” Nixon Clarke, 63, of Mounds, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1957, the daughter of William and Judith Chrestman White in Cairo. 

She married Thomas L. Nixon on April 15, 1978. He preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 2000. She married Mark Clarke on Jan. 2, 2016. He survives.

She was the proud owner of Nixon Farms and her own beauty shop that she owned for over 30 years, Ellie’s Little Hair House.  

She enjoyed watching shows at The Fox Theatre and taking beach vacations. She had a helping spirit and volunteered for events anytime that she was needed.  

Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jennifer (Jason) Lanier; a son, Forrest (Melanie) Nixon; a stepson, T.J. Nixon; four grandchildren, Thomas Bosecker, Emilee Korte, Ali-Claire Nixon and Case Nixon; a brother, Jimmy (Jennifer) White; a sister, Suzy Holland; two sisters-in-law, Mary Candace (Richard) Keates and Sally Ann (Rick) Palin; two brothers-in-law, John Andrew Clarke and Willis Jackson; and many other nieces, nephews including, Ben, Marcus, Erika and Jessica; cousins, other relatives and many friends. She had a very special four-legged friend, Sparky.  

Besides her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clay White; and a sister-in-law, Linda Jackson.

Per her request, a graveside only service was held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Pulaski at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. 

Memorials can be made to Huckleberry’s/ALS Respite Care.

Crain Funeral Home of Cairo was in charge of arrangements.

To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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