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Wilson, OK 73463
Phone: (580) 668-2426
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Tommie Nickerson

Tommie Beatrice "Bea" Nickerson

Sunday, May 1st, 1938 - Sunday, April 21st, 2019
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Ringling - Ms. Tommie Beatrice Nickerson, age 80, formerly of Ringling, OK, peacefully departed this life on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, AR. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Alexander Gray Funeral Home Chapel in Ringling with Linn Carlson officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Healdton.

Bea was born on May 1, 1938 to the late Mr. Oscar E. Nickerson and Mrs. Tommie J. (Porter) Nickerson in Frances, OK.

Bea received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from East Central State College in Oklahoma. She taught in the public schools of California for many years and also earned a Master’s Degree in Education during her time in California. In 1986, she and Mary Lou Nichols made their home north of Ringling on their beloved farm. Bea taught in the Healdton Public School District until retirement and is fondly remembered by many, many students. Bea moved to Arkansas in the latter years of her life to be near her goddaughter.

Bea lived a life full of love and had many cherished relationships with family and friends. She enjoyed adventure and traveled the world during her summer vacations. Bea was an avid LA Dodgers fan and OKC Thunder fan. In her later years, she loved to read and tutor young people long after her retirement. Bea had a “little poodle dog” named Desiree that she adored.

Bea is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Tommie Nickerson; her best friend, Mary Lou Nichols; and seven brothers. She is survived by her dear sister, Mary Fletcher, and brothers Alford (Doc) Nickerson & Oscar (Junior) Nickerson. Bea is also survived by many, many beloved nieces and nephews and her goddaughter.

Serving as pallbearers will be Alford Nickerson, John Nickerson, Oscar Nickerson, Kenny Nickerson, Doug Nickerson, and Shane Sampson.

Visitation is scheduled from 6-8pm on Thursday, April 25th at the Alexander Gray Funeral Home.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Alexander Gray Funeral Home Chapel - Ringling
    214 E. Main St.
    RINGLING, OK 73456
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  • Service

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 2:00pm
    Alexander Gray Funeral Home Chapel - Ringling
    214 E. Main St.
    RINGLING, OK 73456
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Alice Ball Bell

Posted at 05:45pm
To the Bea Nickerson family—in searching the Internet today (5/18/19) I found Bea’s obituary. I was saddened to learn of her passing. Bea and I were friends at East Central University. When I came to campus as. Freshman Bea kindly took me under her wing and guided this “green freshman “ through that first year. We kept in contact the years she was in CA. But unfortunately lost contact when she moved back to OK. But good luck brought us back together several years ago at a Baptist Study Reunion at East Central. I’ll always cherish the memories of the many wonderful times Bea and I shared together.
Alice Ball Bell, Austin, TX

Sylvia Nickerson

Posted at 09:23pm
I love Bea's laugh ,when she laughed her whole face just lite up . She had the heart of a true teachers when she spoke of her students it was with love and admiration . Every single time I saw her she always gave me a hug and told me I love you girl. Bill adores his Aunt's and with good reason they ,Bea and Mary are incredible women who have lived extrodnary lives and are an example to rest of us . Be kind ,Be humble and above all have fun !! That is what I learned from them . Love you always and forever .

Jimmy Sampson

Posted at 10:56am
Aunt Bea was a wonderful lady , she was a school teacher who was loved by all that knew her . She traveled the world over , and was devoted to her friends and family , she spent her life helping people and we are all better people for knowing her , she will be sorely missed .

Bill & Sylvia Nickerson

Posted at 06:48pm
Always in our hearts and prayers.
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