JOHNSON – Elizabeth J. "Betty" Nickell, 86, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at her home.
She was born on Sept. 23, 1927, to Marvin and Nina (Schroeder) Merrill, in rural Stanton County.
She married Gerald Nickell on Dec. 23, 1950. He survives.
She attended elementary school at the one-room Fletcher schoolhouse and graduated Stanton County High School with the class of 1945.
She then attended Central Business College of Denver, Colo., in 1946.
She worked at the Johnson State Bank until she retired in April 1993. She was also a bookkeeper for Nickell Construction, a family-owned soil conservation contracting business.
She received recognition from the General Conference of the Wesleyan Church in 2005 and Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in 2008 for serving as Sunday School Secretary/Treasure for more than 50 years.
She and her husband were recognized as Pioneers of the Year in 2011.
She enjoyed being active in her church, reading, gardening, family activities, seeing her friends at the Senior Center and playing Bingo.
Other survivors include son, Wayne, St. Charles, Ill.; daughter, Joyce Meyer and husband, Cecil, Perryton, Texas; brother, Harvey Merrill and wife, Sue, Springfield, Colo.; sisters, Marvina Gold, Springfield, Colo., and Maribeth Towns and husband, Ed, Alva, Okla.; sisters-in-law, Zelma Prewitt, Duncan, Okla., Josie Nickell, Woodland, Calif., Priscilla Guinn, McAlester, Okla., Aquila Lee, Sublette, and Dean Walker, Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Chad Nickell, Ulysses, Chase Nickell, Mount Hope, Alisha Meyer, Johnson, and Larin Nickell, Trevor, Wis.; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Harold; brother, Marvin Jr.; and sister, Zellamaye Burkenbine.
• Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson, with the Rev. Kurt Rovenstine presiding.
Burial will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson.
Memorials are suggested to the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church to support the ministry of World Hope International, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 715, Johnson, Kansas 67855.
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