|Jackie's mother's name was
Leeta Helen Hixon-Latham
She was called Helen.
Born - Oct 20, 1906 - Logan County, Oklahoma
Died - Jan 17, 1962 - San Diego, CA
Source - Headstone - Obituary
She is buried next to her husband John.
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|LACI & CONNER
REST IN PEACE TOGETHER
In the TV interview with Katie Couric, June 9, Sharon Rocha told viewers
that Conner wasn't the only name Laci was contemplating for the baby.
The other primary choice was "Logan."
Leeta's mother, grandfather and many of her aunts and uncles are buried in
Logan County, OK. Her Hixon family had a butcher shop and meat market in
Guthrie, territorial capital of Oklahoma Territory.
A photo of her mother's father and her mother's uncle Logan is shown online here:
[Jackie's grandfather Cause E. Hixon (back row, left).
Second from left in front row is Logan Hixon.]
Another photo from the Logan County archives is, of another of Helen Latham's
aunts, whose name I love -- "Easter Lily Hixon." Appropriate that Laci and Conner
came ashore when the Easter lilies were in full bloom
and being displayed in homes and churches.
Here's a brief summary of Leeta's family history. Note that sometimes it is
spelled "Leeta" and sometimes "Leta."
"Cause E. Hixon was born on November 4th, 1873 in Indiana and died May 26th,
1950 in Lawton, Oklahoma. On January 10th, 1907 he married Alice Mary Ryan,
born January 18th, 1881 in Souh Dakota and died 1929 in Guthrie, Logan County,
Oklahoma. They had two daughters: Leta Helen and Margaret Josephine "Peggy" Hixon."
I know that Leeta's sister Peggy was married to John Pittman and she had 6 Pittman children,
but I don't yet know where they lived and died, although I have reason to believe it may
have been in Medford, Oklahoma. As we know now, she was one of the guardians for the
minor children (Jackie & her brothers) after Leeta Helen died.
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|On Dec. 21, 1945, Helen's husband, 36-year-old John Latham, was killed outside
his tire shop and salvage yard on San Diego's Point Loma Boulevard.
The widowed young mother of four had trouble caring for her young children, and when
Jackie was 5, she and her siblings were sent to a Catholic home (Nazareth House)
for children that she describes today as "basically an orphanage."
For a time, the nuns who ran the school permitted just weekly visits with her children.
Jackie was only 18 when her mother died