Margie E. (Parker) Nickles
Margie Nickles, 82, of Woolstock, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019, surrounded by her family at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City.
Funeral services for Margie Nickles will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, February 1, 2019, at Samuel Lutheran Church, 201 North Lincoln Avenue in Eagle Grove, with Pastor Rich Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at the Cass Center Cemetery in rural Webster City.
Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM on Friday, February 1, 2019, at the church and will continue until the time of the service.
Margie “Marge” Elder Parker was born on February 5, 1936, in West Plains, MO, to Thurlow “Earl” and Freida (Warbington) Parker. The family later moved to Red Oak, IA, where she graduated high school in 1952. On August 2, 1957, she was united in marriage to Don Yoder in Woolstock, where they made their home. After Don’s unexpected death in 1963, Marge became a homemaker, focusing on her family. On November 11, 1967, she married Gerald “Nick” Nickles in Woolstock, and together they raised her three children as a family. For years Marge volunteered as the head coach for the Woolstock Twins baseball team. She loved her years with the team and became well known around the area for her high-spirited coaching style. Throughout her life, Marge continued to receive comments from former players telling of the significant impact she made during her coaching years. When her children became older, Marge worked for Farm Journal, as a telecommunications supervisor. She enjoyed spending time outside, tending to her garden and flowers. She was meticulous about her yard, not allowing anyone else to mow it, and was still taking care of it this past summer.
Marge’s greatest love in life was her family, and she excelled in filling their lives with endless amounts of love and laughter. She was the perfect grandma and could often be found in the front row of her grandchildren’s activities. Throughout the years, she never missed one and was often the loudest cheerleader at sporting events. The grandchildren loved their frequent sleepovers at grandma’s house where hours were spent playing Skip-Bo, Uno and watching professional wrestling (of course with an endless supply of popcorn). Sunday nights were spent at Marge’s for family dinners, where the grandchildren frequently selected the menu. Most recently she loved spending time with her great-grandchildren, with whom she continued her tradition of laughter and unconditional love.
Marge is survived by her children, Dan (Suzanne) Yoder of Webster City and Denise (Darron) Baker of Eagle Grove; stepson, Ronnie (Brenda) Fortune of Woolstock; grandchildren, Billie Jo Yoder, Melissa (Ben) Hengesteg, Derek (Lisa) Baker, Ben (Bri) Hull, Brandon Mohr (Maggie Breitenkamp) and Jaclyn (Jed) Byers; great-grandchildren, Vanessa Wickett, Clare and Caroline Hengesteg, Tyson Heaberlin, Olivia and Ella Baker, Alana and Sofie Simmons, Franklin Mohr and Brynn Byers and siblings, Harry (Karin) Parker of Joplin, MO and Gerri Fortune of Woolstock.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Don Yoder and Gerald “Nick” Nickles; parents and daughter, Deborah Huffman.