Barbara Jeanne Nickel

January 25, 1925July 20, 2018

Barbara Jeanne Hanson Nickel, 93, of Abilene, Texas, and previously of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away on July 20, 2018. She was born January 25, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, the only child of Justern L. and Minnie (Stough) Hanson. She graduated from Beaumont High School in 1943. She married Rodney Neil Nickel on August 16, 1945. They had one son, David Alan Nickel, after they moved to Tulsa. She retired in 1986 from the Tulsa Public School system after serving in various clerical positions at Jefferson, Hoover, Longfellow, Key, and the Education Service Center. Starting in the early 1960s, Barbara and family became travel trailer enthusiasts, traveling throughout the country during summer vacations and spring breaks, and enjoying monthly weekend excursions with the Tulsa Travel Trailer and Good Sam Clubs and other camping friends. During her retirement years, Barbara and Rodney would spend their summers camping in cool Colorado and winters in warm south Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her loving husband, Rodney in 2006. She is survived by her son, David and wife Clare of Abilene; two grandchildren, Allison Gonzales and husband Nick of Abilene, Mark Nickel and wife Kaila of Edmond, Oklahoma; and three great-grandchildren, Blaine Gonzales, Harper Nickel and Kit Nickel. A memorial service will be held at First Central Presbyterian Church in Abilene at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 25. At a later date, a service of interment will be held at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Tulsa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Central Presbyterian Church Francis A. Buzard Food Pantry c/o First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange, Abilene, TX 79601. You may view and sign the guestbook at


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Jennifer Chorn

July 24, 2018

I remember getting her up and making her smile and laugh. Especially when ever she would reply back " oh really honey, or oh no". I'm going to miss her I enjoyed taking care of her when she was on 500 hall and 800 hall. Miss her smile and laugh. I can also remember when she would tell me she has one favorite daughter in law, her only daughter in law. Prayers goes out to her family. GOD Bless.