April 4, 2002

(4/1/04 - 3/26/2002)

LILLIE O'ZELMA NICKELS Lillie O'Zelma Nickels, 97, of Memphis, MO, passed away March 26, 2002, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, MO.

Lillie O'Zelma was born April 1, 1904, at Gorin, MO, the daughter of Ernest F. and Rebecca E. Kraus.

She grew up and attended school at Gorin, MO. After graduating in 1923 she attended the Cosmetology College in Kirksville, MO.

On August 31, 1929, she was united in marriage with Russel J. Nickels and to this union one daughter, Emma Lou, was born and died at birth.

Zelma, as she was known to her family and friends, was an active and loyal member of the Gorin Christian Church for many years. She was the Sunday school pianist, a member of the Loyal Women's Class, Sunday School Bible School teacher. Over the years Zelma was active in many clubs and organizations such as the Round Grove Sewing Club, the Republican Women, Missouri Extension Club and taught sewing in the Round Grove 4-H Club.

She and her husband, Russel, lived on a farm six miles north of Gorin for 37 years. In 1967 they retired from the farm and moved to Memphis.

Survivors are one sister, Mildred Blake of Memphis, MO; three nieces, Madaline Riney of Kahoka, MO, Arlene Bond of Paola, KS, and Janet Durnal and husband, Dwight of Mesa, AZ; plus a dear friend, Doris Atwater of Memphis, MO; plus a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russel; and daughter, Emma Lou.

The family has suggested memorials to Gorin Christian Church, First Christian Church, or the Scotland County Care Center.

Funeral services were held March 30, 2002, at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO, with Rev. Leon Buford officiating. Musicians were Angela Westhoff and Alisa Kigar, vocalists, and Joan Goosey, pianist. Body bearers were Dwight Durnal, Joe Fulk, John Schenk, Tom Fender, Bill Atwater, and Vaughn Biggs. Interment was in the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO. Payne Funeral Chapel of Memphis, MO, was in charge of services.

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