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Myrtis Nickens

June 12, 1923July 13, 2020

Myrtis Dixon Nickens, 97, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2020, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was a native of Hobert, LA and a resident of St. Amant, LA. She was a member of the Domino Gang. Myrtis is survived by her sons, Sidney Nolan Nickens (Margaret), Melton Glenn Nickens (Brenda); daughter, Bonnie Gravette (Kent); 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Sidney Venton “Vent” Nickens; son, Davis Ray Nickens; parents, Millard Dixon and Vessie Woods; 7 sisters, 2 brothers, 4 half sisters and 1 half brother. Private services will be held for the immediate family. Family and friends are invited to attend the burial at 12:30PM on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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  • Myrtis is survived by her sons, Sidney Nolan Nickens (Margaret), Melton Glenn Nickens (Brenda); daughter, Bonnie Gravette (Kent); 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Sidney Venton “Vent” Nickens; son, Davis Ray Nickens; parents, Millard Dixon and Vessie Woods; 7 sisters, 2 brothers, 4 half sisters and 1 half brother.

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Ann Powers Goetzman

July 16, 2020

The Domino Gang is complete. I know they having a great time. Mrs Myrt was a grand lady and she will be missed
In my prayers
Ann

Brent Braud

July 16, 2020

What a beautiful, kind lady! We sure will miss her.

Trent Braud

July 15, 2020

You were always so kind when I visited as a child. You will be missed. My prayers go out to the Nickens family.

Philip Braud

July 15, 2020

My sincere condolences to the entire Nickens family. Mrs. Myrtis was a grand lady, and we had many good conversations when I was her neighbor. May God's perfect peace find all of you in this time or sorrow and celebration !

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Biography

She had a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and brought out the best in those who sought her help. Myrtis was a forward-looking woman whose personality was filled with empathy toward everyone she met. She could be quiet and reserved, but her style of communication was authentic and direct. An excellent communicator, Myrtis was a master at using imagery when she explained her ideas and concepts. She seemed to have an endless supply of innovative concepts and strategies for how to help those around her. Her sensitivity, kindness and generous attitude made her a wonderful friend for all who knew her.

      From the time she was born on June 12, 1923, Myrtis showed a deep concern for others. She was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Myrtis came into this world at Hobat, LA at home in Hobat, LA. Her parents were Millard and Vessie Dixon. Myrtis was raised in different places: Acy, LA and Galvez, LA.

      Because fellowship was so important to her, Myrtis promoted harmony with her siblings. She was raised with 8 siblings: 6 sisters, 2 brothers, 4 half sisters and 1 half brother. She had Alvis, Rosa, Vadis, Helen, Sylvia, Jessie, Bill, Dawson; don't know the names of half sisters and half brother. Myrtis was something of the family diplomat. She helped to settle problems and conflicts and kept the family running smoothly.

      A good student who was enthusiastic about learning, Myrtis was considered by many to be a high achiever. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite courses and teachers. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Rosa Otts.

      Able to maintain a positive focus on the potential good to be found in others, Myrtis was always ready with solid advice and guidance to offer her group of friends. She was generally friendly to all who knew her, yet to some she seemed quite independent. For those who really knew Myrtis, they recognized that she could be full of surprises. Myrtis enjoyed a small but solid group of true friends. She would willingly support those friends when they needed it. Because of her ability to read people, she had an uncanny knack for knowing when a friend needed help. While growing up, her best friend was Doris Dixon. Later in life, she became friends with Helen Heath and Johnnie Powers.

      Myrtis was romantic, even poetic at times. She was completely devoted to family and friends, able to show her emotions without going overboard about it. and Mrs. Lee Broussard's grocery store of Galvez, LA.

      All who knew her would agree that there was a certain kind of magic in how Myrtis was able to bond with her children. While she could be a firm disciplinarian, she could also fill the role of being a collaborator with her kids. Myrtis was always a mentor who helped her family reach its full potential. Myrtis was blessed with 4 children, lost 1 in car accident; sons, Nolan, Glenn and Davis and daughter Bonnie. They were also blessed with 7 grandchildren, Keith, Mark, Kendall, Kimberly, Darren, Jeff and Kiley.

      Myrtis projected a subtle but positive influence in her workplace. She was comfortable working behind the scenes to help everyone get their job done, and she worked hard at all times to help others to reach their highest potential. While her colleagues did not view her as a high-spirited type, Myrtis was effective at working with others to gain acceptance for her ideas. Myrtis could be a perfectionist at times, but wasn’t one to seek out personal recognitions. She possessed excellent insight and a strong ability to meet schedules. She was an innovator who worked well independently, and she enjoyed the task of meeting a constant array of challenges. Her primary occupation was housewife. She was a homemaker.

      As an imaginative and inventive person, Myrtis was comfortable showing her creative spirit. She enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Once Myrtis took on a new project, she saw it through to its completion. Her favorite pursuit was playing dominos. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Myrtis was one who put forth her best effort in every aspect of her life, and that carried over to her participation in sports as well. Her sense of diligence inspired others and in turn drew best efforts from her teammates. Recreational sports included playing dominos. Myrtis was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were none.

      Myrtis was a woman with clear convictions and high principles, and her faith was important to her. She was an inspiration to many people who recognized her sense of commitment and esteem for others. She was a member of First Baptist Church. During that time, she took care of children in nursery at church.

      Myrtis possessed strong skills in long-range planning and project completion, a quality that positively influenced her travel and vacation planning. Favorite vacation included going to New Orleans visiting brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Verge Nickens.

      Myrtis was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Myrtis's favorites was Pekingese dog. They were best friends for 5 years, she ran over her and killed her with car.

      Myrtis passed away on July 13, 2020 at home. Old age. She is survived by Bonnie Nolan, Glenn and grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Services were held at Ourso Funeral Home. Myrtis was laid to rest in Mt. Zion cemetery.

      Though she could be a private person at times, Myrtis was always able and willing to give of herself. She was so in tune with others that she often seemed able to read their minds. Myrtis carried with her an almost mystical sense of life. She was a person who was highly original in her thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of her life.

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