Martha Ellen Nickell

June 28, 1927 ~ May 8, 2022 (age 94)


Martha Ellen Nickell


This world lost an amazing woman on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022.  Martha Ellen Nickell (Dukes) passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 94.  Visitation will be at Walley Mills Zimmerman Funeral Home, on May 24, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m. with a private memorial service held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be private at Prairie Street Cemetery.


Martha was born in Elkhart on June 28, 1927, daughter of Raymond Earnest Dukes and Dolly Marie Dukes (Runnion).  She was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings (Ralph, Mary and Ada), her husband (Earl Nickell), and her daughter (Kathy).  Martha is survived by two sons, Vaughn (Cindy Price) and George (Patricia May), seven grandchildren, Kelly (Tim Cress), Zack (Kara McCammon), Brock (Angie Benenati), Nate (Erin Sfreddo), April (Brock Hanson), Adam, and Erin (Chad Winchester), and 13 great grandchildren, Camm Nickell (fiancé McKenna Schade), Hayden Nickell, Taylin Cress, Susanne Nickell, Carson Nickell, Jaycie Cress, Bella Nickell, Molly Nickell, Leighla Winchester, Ian Hanson, Liam Nickell, Gianna Nickell and Maximus Nickell. 


Martha grew up in Elkhart and met Earl prior to his departure to the Pacific for World War II.  Their engagement took place via a letter that traveled half-way around the world, and their marriage lasted beyond his death in 1988, all the way to their reunion in heaven this week.  Martha spent her career at CTS, where she proudly states that she was promoted into a “man’s job”.  She retired in 1990 and has spent the time since then serving as the World’s Greatest Mom and Grandmother. 


Martha, affectionately known as Mom, Grandma, GG and Double G, will be deeply missed by her family.  She was a very special lady…full of humor, fiercely protective of her family, and loved by even those who met her just once.  Our entire family understands how blessed we were to have her in our lives, and she left us enough wonderful memories to fill the hole that has now been left in our hearts. 


Our family would like to give a special thanks to Southern Care Hospice, Tammy Laws Home Care, and Kim Dexter for their efforts to keep Martha comfortable during this time.
















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