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Marlene Nickell, 56, passed away on July 3, 2019, at the University Hospital in Columbia, MO, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family. Marlene was born in Milan, Missouri, on December 30, 1962, to E. Leon and Ilene Helms Nickell. She completed the family as the youngest of their seven children.
Marlene grew up in Milan, MO, graduating from Milan High School in 1981. She was an outstanding student who was very involved in school activities. After graduation she attended Northeast Missouri State University and Platt Business College, completing a degree as a travel agent. She spent time working as a travel agent in Little Rock, AR, and Kansas City, MO, and her work in the industry took her to many parts of the USA and beyond. Marlene returned to her hometown of Milan to assist her beloved mother. She worked at ConAgra for 20 years, and for the past 11 years at Putnam County State Bank. She offered a friendly smile to everyone she met, and her positivity and genuine interest uplifted all those around her.
Marlene was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church, and was always very involved with the church and its community. Over the years she served on various committees, as a Sunday School teacher, and, most recently, as the church treasurer. Marlene truly embodied the love of Christ and was always kind and helpful to everyone.
Marlene had great love for and devotion to her family, particularly her mother, for whom she cared for over 30 years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, and she never passed up the opportunity to do so. She also enjoyed taking her mother on road trips, learning about her ancestry, traveling to Branson, and attending events for her nieces and nephews. Marlene was a loving daughter, sister and aunt and was cherished by the entire community.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents Roy and Edith Helms and James and Miranda Nickell, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived and dearly missed by her immediate and extended family, which includes three sisters, Linda Oder (Larry) and Myrna West (Richard) of Milan and Martha See of Kansas City, MO; three brothers, Donald Nickell (Ann, deceased) of Kansas City, MO, Paul Nickell (Tammy) of Milan, and Stephen Nickell (Merie, deceased) of Fairbanks, AK; and one aunt, Catherine (Kay) Helms of Addison, IL. Marlene was so loved by her nieces and nephews, including Rhonda Williamson (Ron), Greg Oder (Christi), Randall Oder (Shawna), David Oder (Angel), John Nickell (Stephanie), Nathan West (Jamie), Melanie Mattes (Matt), Amy Dahman (Doug), Darin West (Helen), LeeAnn McWhorter (Joe), Ryan Nickell, and Eddie Nickell (Kisha), 29 great nieces and nephews, and 10 great-great nieces and nephews. Her happiest moments were times spent with her family.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 20, at the First Baptist Church of Milan with Reverend Dan Wilford officiating. Marlene will be laid to rest beside her parents in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation at First Baptist Church is scheduled from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM on Saturday, July 20.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Milan.