Ruth McNickle, 96 - June 10, 2009
Ruth Marjorie McNickle, 96, of Lincoln, formerly of Farnam, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the Madonna Rehab Hospital in Lincoln.
A visitation will be held Thursday, June 11, from 12-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m., at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.
Services will be held on Friday, June 12, at 1 p.m. at the Farnam United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tess Hufford officiating. Burial will take place at the Farnam Cemetery.
McNickle was born Dec. 14, 1912, to Ernie and Maud (Swan) Lewis on a farm north of Fairmont. As an infant, she lived near Fairmont, then moved to a farm 12 miles south of Farnam in 1915, and later to a farm one and one-half miles south of Farnam.
Her family moved into Farnam where her parents operated the Stebbins Hotel. A couple of years later, they moved to the Carman Café for two years, and then back to the hotel. In 1929, they moved to a home in the south part of Farnam.
McNickle graduated from Farnam High School in 1930. She then taught school for three years, teaching two years at a rural school west and south of Farnam, and one year at a school east and north of Cozad.
On July 17, 1933, she married Max McNickle at Basset. She then became a full-time wife and mother to two children. The couple lived on a farm north of Farnam for eight years. In 1941, they moved to Alden, IA, and in 1943 they moved to Iowa Falls, IA, then in 1945 they moved back to Farnam, where they farmed from 1945-1990.
Upon her husband’s retirement in 1990, the couple moved into Farnam, and following the death of her husband, she moved to Lincoln in 1992. In 2004, she resided at Legacy Retirement Community in Lincoln.
McNickle was a member of the Farnam United Methodist Church and belonged to the Women’s Society and North Aid. While residing in Lincoln, she attended the Second Baptist Church.
She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and playing Pinochle at card club in Farnam, and later at Legacy Retirement Community, according to family members.
McNickle was preceded in death by: her father, Ernie Lewis; mother, Maud Lewis; a brother, Ronald Lewis; her husband, Max LaVern McNickle; a son, Ronald McNickle.
Survivors include: her daughter, Janet (Alvin) Mandery of Lincoln; granddaughters—Kimberly (Brad) Memming of Lincoln, and Maurine (Dave) Amend of Grand Prairie, TX; sisters-in-law—Kay Meyers of Florence, CO, Marion Newton of Sheridan, WY, and Alice McNickle of Arkansas; great-grandsons—Brandon Memming, Jeremie Memming and Mitchel Memming, all of Lincoln; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the family at: 2323 West A St., Lincoln, NE 68521.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.
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