×

H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA

OBITUARY

Mary Jane Nickelson

March 20, 1926December 30, 2017

Mary Jane Bell Nickelson, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30 at Canterbury Court in Atlanta. She was born at Emory University Hospital on March 20, 1926 to Alexander Windel Bell and Jane Caroline Harding Bell. She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents who raised her from ages 3-12, Alexander Bell and Helena Windel Bell, her stepmother, Laura Russell Bell, who was "Mother" to her from the age of 12 on, her loving husband of 66 years, the Reverend Jay Victor Nickelson and her son, Lee Hardemen Nickelson.

At the age of 3 she moved to Minot, North Dakota where she lived until she was 12 before returning to the Atlanta area where she graduated from Girls High and later attended Women's College of North Carolina at Greensboro.

For much of her adult life she followed her husband, a Navy chaplain, up and down the East Coast moving to New York, Georgia, Rhode Island, Florida, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina with the four children and various cats, dogs, snakes, etc. in tow. She managed to make every place a home and an adventure. The family sang along the way as they traveled thousands of miles in their jeep, Nohak. Following Victor's military retirement, she returned to Georgia where her husband served at St. Anthony's and St. Edward's Episcopal churches in Winder and Lawrenceville.

She is survived by her children Jane (Jim) Haigler of Cartersville, Eileen Myers of Statham, and Mary (Rex) Smith of Alpharetta. Surviving grandchildren include Kathryn (John) Ballard, John (Cindy) Young/Bumgarner, Lee Ann Peppers, Ron (Karen) Smith, Walter Smith, Nathan Smith, Michael (Arielle) Haigler, and Alan Haigler; great grandchildren Maya and Toby Ballard; Emma, Leah and Sarah Smith; Bailey Haigler, Jasmine Horton; niece, Jen Nickelson and family, cousin, Laura Gordon and family and sister-in-law Agnusia Nickelson.

She is fondly remembered by her family and her friends and staff at Canterbury Court, where she spent the last ten years, for her warm smile and kind words that graced the lives of everyone she met. The family would like to express their gratitude to the many caring staff members at Canterbury Court, especially Stanley and Johnette and to her dear roommate Mary Robinson.

A memorial service will be held at St. Anthony's Episcopal Church in Winder, Georgia on Saturday, January 13, at 11:00 A.M. Internment will follow at the Statham Cemetery. There will be a reception at the church after the internment.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Edward’s or St. Anthony’s Episcopal Churches, or Camp Mikell, 237 Camp Mikell Court, Toccoa, GA 30577.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • Reception

    Saturday, January 13, 2018

Memories

Mary Jane Nickelson

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY

January 18, 2018

Eileen,
I remember your mother and father from the days when St. Matthew and St. Anthony's did programs together. She was a sweet lady. I am remembering your family in my prayers.
Peggy Graham-Winder,Ga

Rob LeMaster

January 11, 2018

So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your mom well... she was the sweetest woman, and was always so nice to me. You all are in my thoughts.

Christine Reilly McGee

January 11, 2018

Mary Jane was such a wonderful woman, always with a smile and kind words. I know you all will miss her terribly as she was so very special. Prayers of peace as you celebrate her beautiful life!

January 10, 2018

I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" (Isaiah 61:1, 2) sustain your family during this challenging time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

January 8, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort from the loving promise of seeing our loved ones again (John 6:40). Please accept my deepest condolences.

JM

January 8, 2018

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Hopefully reflecting on all the good times you've shared together will help ease the pain that you feel. May "the God of all comfort" strengthen you at this time of sadness, and may His promise for the future bring you peace. Hosea 13:14.

January 8, 2018

Sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Mary Jane Bell Nickelson, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30 at Canterbury Court in Atlanta. She was born at Emory University Hospital on March 20, 1926 to Alexander Windel Bell and Jane Caroline Harding Bell. She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents who raised her from ages 3-12, Alexander Bell and Helena Windel Bell, her stepmother, Laura Russell Bell, who was "Mother" to her from the age of 12 on, her loving husband of 66 years, the Reverend Jay Victor Nickelson and her son, Lee Hardemen Nickelson.

At the age of 3 she moved to Minot, North Dakota where she lived until she was 12 before returning to the Atlanta area where she graduated from Girls High and later attended Women's College of North Carolina at Greensboro.

For much of her adult life she followed her husband, a Navy chaplain, up and down the East Coast moving to New York, Georgia, Rhode Island, Florida, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina with the four children and various cats, dogs, snakes, etc. in tow. She managed to make every place a home and an adventure. The family sang along the way as they traveled thousands of miles in their jeep, Nohak. Following Victor's military retirement, she returned to Georgia where her husband served at St. Anthony's and St. Edward's Episcopal churches in Winder and Lawrenceville.

She is survived by her children Jane (Jim) Haigler of Cartersville, Eileen Myers of Statham, and Mary (Rex) Smith of Alpharetta. Surviving grandchildren include Kathryn (John) Ballard, John (Cindy) Young/Bumgarner, Lee Ann Peppers, Ron (Karen) Smith, Walter Smith, Nathan Smith, Michael (Arielle) Haigler, and Alan Haigler; great grandchildren Maya and Toby Ballard; Emma, Leah and Sarah Smith; Bailey Haigler, Jasmine Horton; niece, Jen Nickelson and family, cousin, Laura Gordon and family and sister-in-law Agnusia Nickelson.

She is fondly remembered by her family and her friends and staff at Canterbury Court, where she spent the last ten years, for her warm smile and kind words that graced the lives of everyone she met. The family would like to express their gratitude to the many caring staff members at Canterbury Court, especially Stanley and Johnette and to her dear roommate Mary Robinson.

A memorial service will be held at St. Anthony's Episcopal Church in Winder, Georgia on Saturday, January 13, at 11:00 A.M. Internment will follow at the Statham Cemetery. There will be a reception at the church after the internment.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Edward’s or St. Anthony’s Episcopal Churches, or Camp Mikell, 237 Camp Mikell Court, Toccoa, GA 30577.