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Covell Funeral Home

200 N Brownson, Kingsley, MI

OBITUARY

Vicki Lynn Nickerson

September 29, 1951May 3, 2020

On May 3, 2020, Vicki Lynn (Allen) Nickerson, 68, beloved wife, mother, daughter and friend, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at her home in Kingsley.

Vicki was born Saturday, September 29, 1951 in McAlester, Oklahoma to the late Bonnie (Thompson) Allen. Brought up in a Navy family, she and her brothers, Glenn and Gary Allen, lived an interesting life. They traveled and lived Oceanside in places like San Diego and Guam, before settling in Michigan in 1964. From then on, Vicki remained a permanent Midwesterner.

Vicki had a love and passion for teaching and shaping young minds. Her career path as a teacher was determined at a young age and she never once questioned her decision to become an educator. She loved working with children and she dedicated 45 years to teaching Kindergarten at Kingsley Elementary, where she shared her love of learning, curiosity and compassion with generations of students. Her patience, creativity and kindness instilled the foundations of lifelong values, and the impact of her words and touch would be impossible to calculate. With a career spanning five decades, she served as a mentor to many new teachers, and was proud to have the opportunity to teach the children, and even a few grandchildren, of her former students.

As a young Central Michigan University graduate, it was teaching that brought Vicki to Kingsley from St. Charles, MI, where she accepted her first, and only, teaching job in 1973. Shortly after beginning her career, she met her loving husband of 42 years, Pete Nickerson. She was the beloved mother of daughter Megan Nickerson (Grant Gould) of Harbor Springs, sons Cody of Kingsley, and Caleb (Abbey Wright) of Lansing and stepmother to Jason Nickerson (Jennifer Erickson), grandmother to Katelyn (Justin) Weaver and Delainey Nickerson and great-grandmother to Iris Weaver.

To know Vicki was to love her and she worked tirelessly to show others her compassion and love. Vicki served as a community advocate and volunteered for various local non-profit organizations including the Kingsley School Athletic Boosters and Kingsley Methodist Church. She loved serving as a volunteer for the Kingsley Friends of the Library, where she was able to share her love of reading and learning beyond the classroom. She worked tirelessly for the new Kingsley Branch Library as she believed providing educational, cultural and social programming to the residents of Kingsley was pivotal to the community.

In addition to teaching and community service, Vicki loved music, especially from the greats of the 60’s and 70’s, reading, the fine arts, creative projects and her friends. However, of all her loves and passions, her family was her greatest. She was a caring, inspiring and cherished wife, mother and grandmother.

Currently, services to honor Vicki are pending. A celebration of life will take place at a later date, once we are again able to gather. Plans will be announced, and a full notice of her service will follow.

If you would like to share a memory about Vicki, you are invited to visit her memorial page at www.covellkingsley.com for the Nickerson family.

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Kendra Bell

May 17, 2020

Dear Pete and Kids,
I am so sorry to hear Vicki passed. She was such a special lady. I was always proud to call her a friend. Always kind, compassionate about all children, great sense of humor, truly gentile. I have so many precious memories of her.
I'll never forget her marching into Joel Donaldson's office and telling him he had better hire me or she would not talk to him again. I've enjoyed watching her kids grow up. She was so proud of each one of you. Vicki had our two youngest children and they loved her too. We are still putting up the Christmas ornaments they brought home from Kindergarten. They still make us smile. Bari and I always looked forward to visiting with Vicki and Pete at school gatherings. Our hearts go out to all of you. She is truly missed!

Nanci Dykema Danburg

May 10, 2020

Dear Glenn, Gary and family,
I would like to pass on my family's sympathy on your sister's passing away. I only lived in St. Charles my Senior year, but I vividly remember Vicki. She was full of energy and loved children. I'm glad that she shared that love by going into teaching.

Cheer Fleis

May 8, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of my kindergarten teacher, Ms. Allen. She was so very kind and thoughtful. Always generous with words of affirmation for each and every student. Not only did her teaching style encourage imagination and creativity, but so did her room decor. Alphabet people and the loft play area are still as vivid in my memory as Ms. Allen's smile will forever be.

Tracy Tuttle

May 8, 2020

I had her for a kindergarten teacher in I wanna say 1983. She was one of the best teachers I ever had. Very kind and great with children. R.I.P. to a great woman and condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed.

Barry Floyd

May 7, 2020

Vicki was my classmate at St. Charles High School; we graduated as the class of 1969. I sat behind Vicki in some of our classes and we often shared thoughts about school and life. We lived a special life growing up in a small town with little to do but play, build floats for our homecoming parades, and become close friends. Vicki was one of the brightest students in our class graduating with high honors and could have chosen any career she desired – she chose devoting her life to others as an educator. Vicki realized her calling very early. I include one of my favorite photos of Vicki, taken from when she was undergoing teaching training while still in high school. Vicki was so very kind, always with a smile, and full of life. All the tributes written here by those who knew her in Kingsley match the feelings of the class of 69; Vicki has always been wonderful. She’ll continue to live in our hearts and in our memories. God bless you Vicki. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Gary and Glenn Allen and our families

May 7, 2020

When your Sister is a legendary teacher with a heart as big as Michigan, who adored her family and touched So many lives, it's very easy to be proudly and lovingly humble when remembering her.  Our hearts ache for Pete and our niece and nephews.
Vicki spent her first 22 years in various places and her last 46 in her adopted hometown of Kingsley.  Born in Oklahoma, in second grade her family moved to Guam, where brother #2 was born; then to San Diego and they settled in St. Charles, Mi for her HS and College years.
Vicki graduated, landed a job teaching Kindergarten in Kingsley, met and married Pete, raised her family and never looked back!  Thank you, kind people of Kingsley for enriching her life as she enriched so many in her classroom.
She was incredibly passionate about teaching her beloved Kindergartners.  In a town of 1600 or so, she had to have taught more than a thousand children during her 45 year career and she loved every minute of it. 
Thoughtful, kind and very smart, Vicki cared deeply about her profession and the people in her life, but don't mess with any of her students, fellow teachers or her family/friends because the Mamma Bear claws could definitely come out!
Yes, we're family, but there is no denying Vicki was a remarkable Human Being who left us all too soon. We love you Sis, you will be deeply missed by so many but what a wonderful, rich and meaningful life you led!  Give Mom a hug for us.

Brent & Phyllis Cooley

May 7, 2020

Forty-five years teaching kindergartners is a tribute in itself! And, a testimony to Mrs. Nickerson's compassion in building a successful foundation for each student's future. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Our condolences to the Nickerson family
(1981-82... Alphabet People:
"I'm Mr. M with a munchy mouth!")

Mary Fraquelli

May 7, 2020

Vicki was such a wonderful person as a teacher and a volunteer for the Kingsley Friends of the Library. She has touched the lives of so many with her exceptional dedication to education and to our community, including the new Kingsley Branch Library that she worked tirelessly for. So honored to have known her and work beside her. Forever in our hearts, Vicki, until we meet again.

Justin Drabek

May 7, 2020

Vicki was a legend of a teacher. I am honored to have had the privilege of being her student. She never stopped being a mentor, and more importantly; a friend. Saddened by the loss, but her memory will live on forever.

Janet Elenblaas

May 6, 2020

Vicki was the best teacher my children had. Her smile and laughter were very contagious. She loved her work and was an inspiration to teachers and students. Prayers for her family and friends. Rest In Peace Vicki

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