Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, April 29, 2010
OBITUARY - HELEN "JESSIE" (NICKLE) STRAIGHT
Helen Jessie STRAIGHT, daughter of Roy NICKLE and Mary Charity (LEDGERWOOD) NICKLE was born October 20th, 1911 in Ringgold
County. She attended school in rural Ringgold County and graduated from Clearfield High School in 1929. She taught school
for 4 years following graduation.
Jessie and Vernon met at a dance. They were married on June 2nd, 1934 and established their home on a farm south of
Sharpsburg. Later they moved to Bedford where they lived for 8 years. Then they farmed for a few years in Ringgold County
before they purchased a farm east of Conway where they resided from February 1948 until moving into Clearfield in 1976.
She was an active member of the Christian Church, Eastern Star, and also enjoyed her card club. She was a past member of
the Federated Club.
Jessie passed away on April 21st, 2010, at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Vernon, in 2006, her parents and Vernonís parents, 2 sisters Edna NORD and Lois STRAIGHT; 3 sisters-in-law, Hazel BISHOFF,
Edna STRAIGHT, and Helen HUNTER; 4 brothers-in-law Marion STRAIGHT, Lee STRAIGHT, Lyle NORD, and G. C. HOFMEISTER.
Left to cherish her memory are daughter Patricia Lee STRAIGHT of Holmen, Wisconsin, son Donald Dean STRAIGHT and wife
Marilyn of Boone, IA, sister Beatrice HOFMEISTER of Denver, Colorado, grandson David OTRADOVEC and wife Robin of Denver
Colorado, granddaughter Terry HANSON and husband Steve of Bangor, Wisconson, 3
step-grandchildren Brad and Sharron JOHNSON of Galena, MO, Laurie, Troy ENGLEEN of Ogden, IA, and Kerry and Justin WEECES of
Ames, IA, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
A memorial fund has been established to Hospice of Central Iowa, Mount Ayr Branch.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield was in charge of the arrangements.
Services were conducted at the Christian Church in Clearfield on Monday, April 26, 2010, with Rev. Terry ROBERTS officiating.
Musicians were Becky NELSON and Mary Ellen SPURRIER.
Casket bearers included Charles JACKSON, Jim MASON, John PIRTLE,
Jerry EWALT, Dwayne CASON and A.J. CASON.
Jessie was laid at rest in the Clearfield Cemetery, Clearfield.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2010
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