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Linda "Lindsay" Bates Nickel, 76, of Santa Barbara, Calif., (formerly of St.Helena, Calif., and Tulsa, Okla.) passed gently from this earth Jan. 16, 2017. She was born Dec. 1, 1940, in San Mateo, Calif., and spent her youth in Muskogee and Tahlequah, Okla., where she was raised by the Garner Family.
Lindsay studied at Northeastern State University. After varied careers and travels, she chose to reside in Tulsa, Okla., where she spent 22 years working for Victory Christian Center. She retired to Napa Valley in 2006.
Lindsay was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Mae Ellington; father, Leon Arthur Bates; and sister, Janie Echols of Owasso. Her family still living include her son, Erik Nickel and his partner Michael Loftis of Santa Barbara, Calif.; brothers, John and Phyllis Bates, Buddy and Sharon Bates, Butch and Brenda Bates, and Jeff and Jennyne Bates; sisters, Sondra Arnold, Pat Hinch and Cindy Sindrey; "adopted sister," Sandi Nickel; cousin, Wana and Sammy Archer of Tulsa; an aunt, Sue Carr of Tahlequah; so many nieces, nephews and grands, and a cast of other in-laws and "out-laws," as she laughingly called them! She loved them all. She leaves her sisters-in-law, Beth Nickel, and Glenda Nickel of Park Hill; stepdaughters, Debra Ann Nickel, Brenda Grimes of Tahlequah, and Jennifer Berkley; and dear friends, John and Julie Nickel of Tulsa.
Lindsay leaves behind her furry children, Sophia and Chriss; her granddogs, Jake, Marco, and Milo; her caregivers, Rey John and Gelen; and "adopted" grandson, Jeremiah Gabriel.
Lindsay was a friend to many and never met a stranger. Her smile lit up every room she ever entered. Beautiful, loving, accepting, dedicated, and joy-giver are just a few of the words her friends used to describe her. Lindsay's personal motto was "its never too late to live happily ever after" and her life's mantra was "live, laugh, love." She will be greatly missed.
Published on January 24, 2017
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