Nixa Honors Legacy of Sharon Whitehill

Nixa Honors Legacy of Sharon Whitehill

October 6, 2023

The City of Nixa is saddened by the passing of Sharon Whitehill on October 5th, 2023. We wish to honor her legacy.

Whitehill served as Mayor of the City of Nixa from April 11, 1994 to August 5, 1997. She was just the second woman to serve as Mayor in Nixa’s history. Some of her accomplishments as Mayor include developing the city’s first strategic plan, called “Imagine Nixa”. She also expanded neighborhood watch groups, influenced the development of the municipal government complex in 1994, and initiated Nixa’s first ever National Night Out event in 1994. Later, she helped develop the City of Nixa’s Home Rule Charter (our city’s constitution document) by serving as Vice-Chair on the Home Rule Charter Commission. The Charter was adopted by voters in 2010.

After moving to Nixa in 1985, Sharon was hired to serve as the Public Relations Manager for the Nixa McDonald’s when it opened in the late 80’s. Later, she served as the President/CEO of the Nixa Chamber of Commerce from May 2002 to Oct. 2012. She established the Chamber’s “X” branding and established Nixa’s annual business expo, NIXPO.

She was always a cheerleader for the city and championed many worthy causes.

Sharon truly led the community as a volunteer organizer who influenced many different organizations and community groups over the years including:

For her service, she earned several recognitions including:

In 2008, Sharon was honored with the Nixa Citizen of the Year Award and she said, “I made a vow many years ago that I would do things because I feel in my heart the thing that I’m involved in will have a positive effect on my family. Now I consider Nixa my family.”

As his final act as Mayor on April 24th 2023, Brian Steele presented Sharon Whitehill with a key to the city in honor of her many years of service.

Thank you, Sharon, for your dedication to Nixa!

We also thank her family for sharing Sharon with us all these years, as she devoted so much time and effort in service of the community. She was a mother of four, grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of three. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as we celebrate her life.