Frances Louise Nickens, age 94, of Jefferson City, Mo. and formerly of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Bluff in Jefferson City, Mo.
She was born on August 10, 1923 in Piggott, Arkansas, the daughter of Clifford Gales and Agnes (Hunt) Gales. She was married on January 5, 1943 in St. Louis, Mo. to John R. Nickens who preceded her in death on December 24, 1990.
Frances attended school in Malden, Mo. and graduated from Malden High School. She spent her life caring for her family and cherished her time with them. She also loved to read.
A homemaker, Frances worked in a factory making bullets during World War II.
Survivors include her children, Pat Derryberry-Felter (Richard) of Jefferson City, Mo. and Linda Dunker (Paul) of Highland, Illinois; one daughter-in-law Rebecca Nickens of Houston Texas; one brother in law Clyde Hawes (Carolyn) of Sikeston, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, Dean Derryberry (Rhonda) of Carthage, Mo., Molly Bexten (Gregg) of Jefferson City, Mo., Suzane Roberts (Mike) of Carthage, Mo., Jeff Derryberry (Kelly) of Carthage, Mo., Jennipher Graf (Phil) of W. Chicago, Illinois, Tom Dunker (Jamie) of Knoxville, Illinois, Jane Attaway (John) of Germantown, Illinois, Jessica Hester (Chad) of Germantown, Illinois, John Nickens IV (Marylea), of Houston, Tx. Benjamin Nickens (Tana) and Gabe Nickens, both of Dallas, Tx.; 33 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Agnes Gales; her husband, John Nickens; 4 siblings; and her son, John R. Nickens III who passed away in 2017.
Frances’ family will be conducting a service in Piggott, Arkansas on August 4, 2018.
In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Preferred Hospice, in Columbia, Mo. or St. Joseph Bluffs in Jefferson City, Mo.