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Ilene NickellAugust 20, 1921 ~ June 24, 2017 (age 95)
Ilene (Helms) Nickell, 95, of Milan, Missouri passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan.
The daughter of Roy and Edith (Whitaker) Helms, she was born August 20, 1921 on the family farm south of Milan. On November 28, 1940 in Milan, she married Edward Leon Nickell who preceded her in death September 19, 1968.
She is survived by seven children, Linda (Larry) Oder of Milan; Donald Nickell of Kansas City; Myrna (Richard) West of Milan; Martha See of Kansas City; Paul (Tammy) Nickell of Milan; Stephen Nickell of Fairbanks, AK; and Marlene Nickell of Milan. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren, Rhonda (Ron) Williamson, Greg (Christi) Oder, Randall (Shawna) Oder, David (Angel) Oder, John (Stephanie) Nickell, Nathan (Jamie) West, Melanie (Matt) Mattes, Amy (Doug) Dahman, Darin West, LeeAnn (Joe) McWhorter, Ryan Nickell and Eddie (Kisha) Nickell; twenty-nine great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Frances Helms, Juanita Helms and Catherine (Kay) Helms; and several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; two daughters-in-law, Ann Nickell and Merie Nickell; one granddaughter, Mary Nickell; one great grandson, Mathieu St. James Oder; two sisters, Maxine Helms in infancy and Irene LaFaver; and six brothers, Roy, Jr. in infancy, Harry, Rex, Don, Deo and Max Helms.
Ilene loved the comfort and peacefulness of her home and inspired her family with her loving spirit. She devoted her life to her children, grandchildren and family and was happiest when she was among them. She loved reading, flowers and spending time outdoors. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Milan and a member of the Milan American Legion Auxiliary, being very active in both in earlier years.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. A graveside memorial service will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Milan.
Memorials in Ilene’s memory are suggested to Oakwood Cemetery.