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Trixie Wortham

Trixie Juanita Wortham was born June 8, 1907 in Tillamook, Ore. to Thomas Paine Johnson and Roxy Ann Adams Johnson. She was raised on the Trask River homestead of her grandfather.

Defying conventional wisdom she sought a higher education. Trixie worked her way through the University of Oregon earning her BA degree in history in 1928. She continued her education finishing a master of arts in history at Oregon in 1933. She began her teaching career in a one-room school house in Oregon. She taught in several Oregon schools and then moved to California. She met her husband Jim Wortham in the Bay Area and was married in 1942. After WWII they settled in California where her husband raised prunes in their beautiful orchards. Trixie continued to teach. Their retirement was filled with travel adventures and brief periods of residence on the Oregon coast then to Ashland.

Shakespeare in Ashland and continuing education classes at Southern Oregon College gave her a chance to further expand her knowledge. She loved books, big thick history books. Upon her husband's passing Trixie found Anna Maria Creekside the perfect retirement place for her.

Having no children she became the role model and great friend to nephews and nieces and grand-nephews and nieces who all thought the world of Trixie. She was a great storyteller and could recount her adventures to eager ears.

Trixie enjoyed 105 years of good health and learning. She is survived by niece Betty Johnson and her nephew Jim Wells and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. The only service will be a short farewell at Anna Marie Creekside on Saturday morning February 16, 2013.