Mary Lou (Wax) Haddix


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for 92-year old Mary Lou (Wax) Haddix.

Mary Lou was born on March 20, 1930, in Alliance, NE, to Joseph Lawrence and Gladys Viola (Kneebone) Wax. She passed away on June 7, 2022, at the Crestview Care Center in Chadron, NE.

Mary Lou graduated from Hemingford High School in Hemingford, NE, in the Class of 1948 after having been a member of the Honor Society and the alternate to Nebraska Girls State. 

She was on the Dean’s List at Chadron State College and a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Academic Honors Society before graduating with a teaching certificate and a BS in Elementary Education with additional endorsements in reading. 

Mary Lou went on to receive Head Start training and an internship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and had elementary school teaching certificates for K-8 in both Nebraska and South Dakota. 

Mary Lou’s career in education spanned almost 30 years in a variety of school districts and county schools as well as the school system in Pine Ridge, SD, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

She was also director of Head Start in Alliance and a secretary/receptionist at the Pine Ridge Job Corps Center Guidance Center south of Chadron.

Mary Lou was united in marriage to Oscar Perry Haddix in Hemingford and to this union were born 3 sons: Perry Scott, Brian Jay, and Lawrence Lee.

Mary Lou was very active in community activities and was a member of the RSVP program in Chadron and RSVP Director in Rapid City. She was a Campfire Girls leader, volunteer library storyteller, and Cub Scout assistant leader. 

Mary Lou was also the #1 fan and active supporter of her sons, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews in all their extracurricular activities.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Lowell and Larry (Sonny), son Brian Jay, and nephews Rick Wax and Vern Wax.

Mary Lou is survived by sons Perry (Yan), Orlando, FL; Lawrence (Cassie), Columbus, GA; grandchildren Isabella and Keegen of Anchorage, AK; Bradley, Caleb, Nathan, and Annabelle of Columbus, GA; step-grandchildren Tye and Boyd of Anchorage, AK; nieces and nephews Margie (Don) Turek and Rozie Wax, both of Hemingford, NE; Gary (Linda) Wax, Macedonia, IA; John (Mary) Wax, Emerson, IA; Wendy (Fred) Boutin and Mary (Eric) Lewis, both of Denver, CO; and Angie (Dave) Parker of Canyon, TX; plus numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters, and great grandson.

The family wants to give a very special recognition of the lifelong friendships given to Mary Lou by Delores Yoakum and Bonnie Riggs.

The family also wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to Sheris Dojcsany and Karen Broberg for their diligent and thoughtful caring for Mary Lou for over a decade and to the staff of the Crestview Manor for the care they extended to her.