Edith Violet (Carter) Nickens

May 6, 1927April 9, 2019

Edith Violet Carter Nickens, 91, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Harrisonburg.

A daughter of the late Harry Carter and Pauline Rhodes Carter Dallard, she was born on May 6, 1927 in Harrisonburg.

On April 25, 1952, she married Joseph L. Nickens, who preceded her in death in July of 1991. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Brown and five brothers, Elon and Allen Rhodes, and Harry, Charles and Dennis Carter.

Edith was an active member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, American Legion Unit 76 and the secretary of the Eastern Star. In her church, Edith served on various committees and especially the United Methodist Women. Edith truly had a strong faith in God.

She was employed by the Yancey family and James Madison University housekeeping department for 29 years. Edith retired from Donnelly after 12 ½ years in 1993.

Edith will always be remembered for her zestful living, socializing with her friends, her job, and jolly personality and her frankness in situations and traveling with community friends.

Edith had a strong devotion to her family members, planning family reunions and had a phenomenal memory of family history.

Edith is survived by her caregivers, Vaunda Brown and Donna Rhodes Brock and a large number of nieces and nephews, whom she acknowledged throughout her lifetime. She was very proud of their accomplishments.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 1 pm, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Rev. Wilma White officiating. Burial will follow at Newtown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12 pm until 1 pm at the funeral home or anytime at the home of Donna Rhodes Brock.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


  • Charles Carter
  • Carl Carter
  • Kim Brown
  • Harry Brown
  • Golden Baltimore
  • Tony Baltimore
  • Barry Baltimore



  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 13, 2019


  • Friends may call at the home of Donna Rhodes Brock at anytime.

Edith Violet (Carter) Nickens

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Natalia Ray

April 18, 2019

My name is Natalia Ray. I'm the daughter of Aunt Edith's Brother in law Charles Raymond Nickens. I'm so very sorry to learn today (April 18) of Aunt Edith's passing. I've been trying to reach her by phone. She will truly be missed. She was a wonderful and congenial person snd loved her family dearly. Condolences to her niece Donna and family from our family.

Natalia Ray
9905 Moreland Street
Fort Washington, Md 20744
301-802-9552 (cell)

Heidi Huffer

April 16, 2019

Well done, good and faithful servant! Your unwavering faith was such an inspiration to everyone you met . You touched so many throughout your life and had a heart of gold. We cherish those memories and aspire to carry the faith as you would want us to. Our sympathy to the family of Ms. Edie. Cherish your memories of this special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Godspeed Ms. Edie.
The Delores Martin Family (friend and former co-worker at JMU)

Gwen Mallory

April 12, 2019

My aunt Edie. That's what I called her. As far as I can remember she was the one that held the family together. So much love, caring, and support for the family ...When I come down (in the south) she would remind me, I can down to relax. Her home was beautiful, even with that overweight cat that she loved. She would fix for breakfast fried apples. But what I 'm going to miss about Aunt Edie and Aunt Phil was the love they had for the Lord. She would be missed so very much. I thank Donna and Weggy for seeing that her later years were the best..Miss you and love you..Gwen

Karinda Carter

April 12, 2019

My name is Karinda Carter. Edith was my great grandmother niece (Evelyn Fisher) She use to call her aunt idie. Vivian Watkins is my grandma and Verna Carter is my Mom. Edith was my 3 cousin and we loved her very much. She would be sadly missed but I know she lived a great life and was blessed with many years of life. As a little girl I remember running up to her and giving her a great big Hug. She was always so nice to me. Our family would travel down to Virginia to visit our loved ones and have a big family reunion. I miss that so much and they would come to Niagara Falls, NY to see us and have a family reunion with us. I loved meeting all my family in Virginia and I want u all to know that we love u all and u are all in our hearts and prayers. WE ARE FOREVER FAMILY NO MATTER THE DISTANCE!!!

Kaye Hill

April 11, 2019

I met Edith when I became employed at Madison College in the early '70s and we have remained in touch over the years. Twenty years ago we started having monthly meals together and I was fortunate to
visit her home many times, both on Myrtle Street and at her "Hollywood home" with Vaunda/Jay. Our ladies group became known as The Hags, and she was one of the original seven. Edith was one in a million, and will be greatly missed by many who knew and loved her.

Ava Rinaca

April 11, 2019

Miss Edie was ALWAYS so sweet and caring. She made a day at RRD better by just her smile. I am so sorry we lost touch after the Donnelley years but, she has never and will never leave my heart!

Karen Costie

April 11, 2019

I am sorry to hear about the passing of Miss Edith. I worked with her at RR Donnelley. I always thought the world of her. After Donnelley, we kept in touch with Christmas cards. She was always interested to know about my daughter and her family and Miss Edith kept me up on the people that I had known on her street. She was a sweet, wonderful lady.

Kay Gooden

April 10, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Miss Edie's passing. I used to work with her at RRD many years ago. I used to own a small Pontiac Fiero and would take Miss Edie home after work. I'm sure she was not thrilled about riding in such a small car. Had not seen her since our days at RRD; but, have thought about her often. She was a kind and thoughtful lady.