Born 6-2-1953 -- Died 6-2-2004
Iona Faye Nickels, 51, daughter of the late Norval Hunsperger and Dowan Day Hunsperger was born June 2, 1953, in Koshkonong, Mo., and died June 2, 2004, in Hardy, Ark.
She was married May 8, 1971, to Gary Nickels in Hardy, Ark. She was a homemaker, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Field Creek Pente-costal Church in Mammoth Spring and will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband, Gary of the home in Mammoth Spring; one son, Tracy Nickels of Mammoth Spring; two daughters -- Amber Johnston and husband, Daryl of Thayer, Mo., and Ashley Nickels of the home in Mam-moth Spring; five grandchildren -- Maranda Nickels, MaKayla Nickels, Madason Nickels, Tyler Johnston and Gracie Martin; four sisters -- Edith Sloan and husband, John of Koshkonong, Patsy Hightower and husband Bob, of Thayer, Hazel Johnson of Zebulon, Ga., and Betty Evans and husband, Doyle of Hardy; a sister-in-law, Faye Cowens of West Plains; several nieces and nephews and an abundance of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant daughter, Amy Michelle Nickels; a sister, Yvonne Johnston; three brothers -- J.L. Hunsperger, Bill Cowens and Frankie Hunsperger; two nephews -- Kevin Hightower and Alan Hunsperger and her father and mother-in-law -- Virgil and Irene Nickels.
The funeral was June 4 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Robert Aborn and David Roberts officiating. Burial was in Wiles Cemetery at Ash Flat with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc., of Thayer.
Pallbearers were: Travis Evans, Andy Martin, Danny Murphy, Tim Evans, Sherman Garrison and Danny McGuire.