OBITUARY

Anna Rebecca Nicodemus

January 8, 1948June 11, 2021
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Anna Rebecca “Becky” Nicodemus, 73, departed this life on June 11, 2021, with family by her side. A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m. at the Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, 10501 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas. On Monday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m., a funeral service will be held in the chapel at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Midlothian, Texas.

Becky, as she was known to close friends and family, was born on January 8, 1948, to Ford Campbell Bangle and Marilyn Keesee at the Florence Nightingale Maternity Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Becky spent most of her life in Dallas, graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School and attending Southern Methodist University. At SMU, Becky was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and met Ivan Forrest Nicodemus of Elkhart, Indiana. Ivan was a member of Delta Chi and they were blessed with a wonderful friendship and courtship while on the SMU campus. Becky and Ivan were married on November 20, 1970.

Becky and Ivan quickly transitioned into Air Force life after their wedding. Early in his Air Force career, Ivan lost a colleague in a plane crash during flight training. This experience prompted Becky to announce that she would complete her undergraduate degree in order to protect and provide for her family if something should happen to Ivan. In 1980, Becky graduated summa cumlaude with a Bachelor of Science in Business from the State University of New York at Utica and went on to earn her CPA in 1985. These were especially meaningful accomplishments as she completed both her degree and CPA while raising two sons as Ivan flew tankers with the Strategic Air Command at Griffiss Air Force Base. Becky enjoyed travel and immersing herself in new and different things. She took each move – from Texas to California to New York to England – as an opportunity to explore. In these years, she was fortunate enough to visit Spain, Norway, Germany, Sweden, France, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, and Portugal.

Becky and her family moved back to Dallas to be close to friends and family upon Ivan’s departure from the Air Force and at the age of 37 truly began her professional career. Becky worked at Parkland Hospital as an internal auditor. She later took a job in the audit department at EDS. She worked there for many years eventually becoming Vice-President of Internal Audit. She was responsible for teams working in England, France, and Belgium and enjoyed the unique camaraderie of these groups and once again the accompanying international travel.

In 2004, Becky retired from EDS and was recruited by AH Belo to lead their internal audit department as vice-president. She was most proud of this association as she had immense respect for the owner, the publisher, and her colleagues and was fiercely committed to the success of newspapers and the Dallas Morning News. It was a wonderful match for her lifelong love of reading. After leaving AH Belo, Becky began consulting with RL Townsend in 2013 working again with close friends from her days at EDS. During this time, she also served as the Audit Director of the University of Texas at Arlington.

Throughout her career, Becky was very active in the audit community. She was a board member of the local and global chapters of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and was the Chairman of the Audit Committee for the International Association of Auditors. Her volunteer work once again allowed her to travel as she and Ivan explored Indonesia and Japan on a lively and memorable tour of Asia.

Becky loved movies and musicals. She and Ivan were members of the USA Film Festival where they enjoyed seeing special screenings (some good, some bad, and all fun). She was a pro at the half-price ticket window in both Times Square and Leicester Square. She appreciated a shared live theatrical experience and particularly enjoyed taking her family and others to shows and concerts.

Becky was blessed with a competitive spirt and loved playing games of all sorts. She was especially fond of Trivial Pursuit, Chinese Checkers, Mexican Train, Uno, and Christmas-oploy (and any other game her grandchildren wanted to play). She never enjoyed being the center of attention but was always happy to plan a party or trip for someone else. She led the way for her family from spontaneous dinners to weekend getaways, staycations to family trips, to the beach or Disney World. When it came to her grandchildren Becky never missed a game, concert, dance recital, court of honor, or grandparent day. She always showed up.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents, Ford and Marilyn Bangle, her aunt and uncle, Jack and Sweetie Morton, her cousins, Robert Morton and Susie Vosney, and her loyal cocker spaniels, Woolie and Penny. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ivan Nicodemus; her sister, Julie Bangle; her cousins, Melissa Lackman and Nancy Harper; her son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Cindy Nicodemus; her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Libby Nicodemus; and her beloved grandchildren, Catherine and Grace Nicodemus; Russell and Claire Nicodemus.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 21, 2021

  • Interment

    Monday, June 21, 2021

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Walter States

July 9, 2021

Anna was a great boss and mentor for me. I appreciated her calm presence and sharp mind. She challenged me to be a better person and team member. I am thankful our paths crossed and got a chance to work with her.

Drake Murray

June 21, 2021

Ivan and family,

Doug and I send our sincerest condolences to you all. Anna was a wonderful example of intelligence, strength and heart and we know she will be missed terribly by each of you.

Ivan, you two were such a wonderful example of friendship, love and partnership. It was so clear and evident, when we would see the two of you at bunko.

All our love and thoughts,

Doug Pfeffer and Drake Murray

Jeanette Wayne

June 19, 2021

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Janelle Odom
Anna definitely demonstrated the best of EDS values and tried to do the right thing even when it was really challenging. Thoughts and prayers for Ivan and her family.

Jos Nyns
What sad news to hear. Anna was a true leader, caring about her colleagues, fair and soft voiced. I remember she spent the extra time with her visiting European colleagues to make them feel part of EDS. My sincere condolences towards her family and friends.

Miranda Reeder
This is such sad sad news. I will write on the obit section that you shared with us so that her family can see how much she was respected and loved by her work colleagues. We had just spoken through messaging a few months back and she made no mention of her illness. I was also excited to let her know that I hope to be in Dallas next year and that we could have a catch up....so so sad :(

Chip Schilb
I am still in shock since learning on Friday that Anna passed away. She was a great leader, mentor and friend. As I read the comments I could see how she has touched so many - that is the incredible person Anna was! Prayers out to Ivan and her family.
Mary-Beth Goodrich
Anna was a mentor to me and such a great servant leader. I worked with her even after my EDS days as part of the IIA and would see her from time to time on UTD's campus. I am in shock. She is gone too soon, but I will keep her family and friends in prayer.

Rob Robertson
I am so very sorry to hear this. I learned so much from Anna when I had the opportunity to work with her at EDS. She was a true professional, great teacher, and great leader.

Debbie Townsend
I not only had the privilege to work with Anna back in the 80's - 90's but also worked with her again in 2015 - 2020. All the audit, mentoring, and leadership skills she had back in the day only improved over time. She was an amazing auditor, intelligent, had a story for every situation, was funny, loved to read and watch movies. And most importantly s

Jeanette Wayne

June 19, 2021

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Kelly O’Hair
Anna was so special. I absolutely loved Anna. I always admired her calm, smart leadership. She will be missed by all who know her.

Greg Ford
I will always remember her fondly. She was a good and caring person. May she rest in peace.

John Klarquist
This is incredibly sad news. If there was anyone who personified EDS and the audit department it was Anna. I am stunned.

Russell Villemez
Very sad news.

Lisa Bridges
I’m not sure how to digest this news. Anna was my first “real job” manager but more importantly mentor. She and her family became my first friends away from home when I came to Dallas. Much of who I am as a teammate and leader is due directly to her leadership and kindness. This is a very profound loss. By the grace...and she always gave plenty.

Koen Albers
Thanks for sharing. This is very sad news. Anna was a great person who coached me and the European EDS audit team for many years. We all liked her very much and will always remember her many visits to Europe joining us for the annual end-of-year multi-day team meetings we had in places such as London, Brussels, Antwerp, Namur and Ostend. My thoughts are with her and family.

Mike Hill
I grieve along with you all. I was at EDS for only a short time, and was not on Anna's team, but I remember how kind and poised she always was. Seemed like nothing could shake Anna. The world is a better place as a result of her life, and I join y'all in saying, rest in peace.

Dan Say
This is hard to digest, Anna was a true leader and a great person.

Stacy Tiedeman
Such sad news! Anna was such a great manager. I agree - she personified EDS. So sad for Ivan, her boys and their families. I think Jeff Nicodemus said it best on his post on Facebook "Life is about showing up. My mother always showed up. She loved us fiercely. No one could ask for a bigger advocate. Smart. Funny. Kind. Do what she would do. Hold someone you care about close and do something for them."

James Walsh

June 18, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Anna in EDS Audit. We had many work conversations and meetings but what I enjoyed most was the personal interaction. A small group of us from Audit including Anna would occasionally get together for happy hour and it was quite happy full of laughter. Through EDS events, I also met Ivan and both being Air Force veterans from Strategic Air Force days we shared stories. Ivan, my deepest sympathies to you and your family.

James Walsh

Muh-Ing Lee

June 17, 2021

I am shocked and saddened to hear Anna’s passing away.

Anna has a tremendous impact on my life, both in my career and in my personal life. I love her and was so grateful for everything that she did for me and my family even though she thought that she was just doing the right thing. She was a great leader, an inspiration, a hard worker, and a very wise and kind woman. She has impacted so many people’s lives in so many positive ways! I am one of the lucky ones who was helped and impacted by her. Throughout the years, I told her so many times that I was so thankful to have her as my boss when I just started my career back then.

In 1998, as a young newly graduated immigrant who did not have any family members in US, life was full of uncertainty, challenges, and obstacles. She encouraged me and gave me plenty of opportunities to learn and to grow. When I got married and had a small reception in US, I was surprised and felt honored that the big boss who I looked up to actually came to my reception!

When she left EDS, I was devastated. I still remembered that I was so upset and went to her office and cried. She comforted me and said that everything would be OK. It is light to say when I say that she changed my life. She was a great mentor and a dear friend to me. I owe her an ocean of gratitude. I am so blessed to have her in my life.

Anna, you will be greatly missed. I will cherish your advice, friendship, and memories. You will always be the role model that I look up to.

My deepest condolence to you and your family.

Anna, RIP.

ELizabeth Jamison

June 15, 2021

I am saddened to hear about Anna’s passing. She made a lasting impression and influenced my management style when I worked for her at EDS. Her knowledge and extraordinary compassion both professionally and personally have had a positive impact on those who had the privilege to know her. She will be missed very much. Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family in your bereavement.

Alfonso Pinto

June 15, 2021

Ivan, my deepest sympathies to you and the family. Anna was an amazing lady in all facets of life, and I feel privileged to have known her for so many years. She taught me a lot, both professionally and personally, and I will cherish those lessons and the many memories. She will be deeply missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May Anna Rest In Peace.

Denny Beran

June 14, 2021

So very sorry to hear the news about Anna’s passing. She was an excellent role model for all of us over the years and a tremendous contributor to The IIA both locally and at the international level.

She was so insightful when discussing issues and challenges that our profession was facing or addressing. She was always so willing to share her talents and time with all of us.

On a personal note, I valued her friendship and truly enjoyed working with her on a variety of assignments. I especially was thrilled to participate with her on the UTD Internal Audit Endowment Committee.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very challenging time. May Anna Rest In Peace. Amen.

Denny

Miranda Reeder

June 14, 2021

Dearest Ivan and family

My sincerest condolences on the passing of your wonderful wife and doting mother.

I am so shocked and saddened to learn of Anna's passing.
Anna to me was the warmest and yet strongest leader I know of. I regarded her as the " Madeline Albright" of EDS, as when she spoke you listened and listened well.
I was so lucky in that Anna had flown into London in 1997 to encourage/persuade me to join EDS Corporate Audit as it was not a position I was really interested in filling.
In her quiet and persuasive way, she encouraged me to join and give the position a go and she made sure I had a direct line into her should I need to talk to her.
To say she changed my life is something I do not say lightly. Through her guidance, our European team was a force to be reckoned with. She believed in us and always supported us in the tough decisions that had to be made.
Our regular trips to Dallas were always enormous fun where we worked and played hard.
To this day, some 20 years later, our European team members are friends and in regular contact with one another and that is thanks to Anna.
She knew what she wanted and she was a strong & powerful leader. I was always proud to have her as a mentor.
Through my few years at EDS in London & South Africa and senior financial positions that I subsequently held can be attributed to what I learnt in a position that I originally did not want to fill! All thanks to Anna!

Anna, I was so excited to call you and let you know that I am visiting Dallas in 2022 and then I received the message that you had passed. To say that I am devastated is and understatement.

You will be dearly missed by all and you were the best role model a woman could have to look up to.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family .
RIP
Miranda Reeder
Johannesburg
South Africa

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