Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Obituaries

January 6, 2014

Dixie Oleida Nicely - 1940-2014

HUNTINGTON — Dixie Oleida Nicely has completed her journey and is at home with our Lord. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed all the experiences she was blessed to have.  

She was born July 4, 1940, to Raymond “Sadie” and Dorothy Mae Bills, their only child and the “apple of their eye.” This extended from parents to all of her aunts and uncles.  

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Paul H. Nicely.  

She was an active member of Sybene Missionary Baptist Church in Sybene, Ohio. Dixie was a soloist and sang in the choir until just recently when her health would no longer allow her to do so. “She was beloved by all who knew her” was recently spoken by one of her closest friends, Fern Cielec of Proctorville, Ohio. One of Dixie’s fond memories was serving as an EKG technician at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Fla.

Dixie is survived by her three children, a daughter, Pam Riffe; a son, Jeff Nicely, and a daughter, Tammy White. Pam’s family includes husband Geoff and their children, Alysson and Kyle; Jeff and his wife, Sherri, have three children, Dustin and wife Lindsey and Sarah and Parker; a granddaughter, Mindy; and a grandson, Wesley. Tammy and her son, Bobby, complete the immediate family.

Dixie is also survived by her aunt, Opal Blake, whom she loved very much; and a sister-in-law, Mary McKee; and a host of friends, including Mike Farrell, Charlie Ball, Richard and Fern Cielec, Peggy Webb, Les and Denice Spears, Valerie Scheidler, Jeaneen Pohlman, Ida Bowen and Patricia Hackney.

 The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Beard Mortuary in Huntington. Pastor Doris Webb of Sybene Missionary Baptist Church and Dr. Ronnie Mayes of Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Ashland, Ky., will reflect and offer solace, respecting Dixie’s indomitable will, spirit and societal contributions. Dixie will be laid to rest beside her husband in Rome Cemetery in Proctorville, Ohio.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 7 at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be sent to the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, in memory of the Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship. Checks may be sent to the Marshall University Foundation, 519 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25703.  

Condolences may be sent to beardmortuary.com.

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