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Florence “Flo” Owens was born July 20, 1943 in Cordell, Okla., to Jake and Elsie (Hinz) Schmidt. She passed away on February 26, 2016, in Edmond, Okla., surrounded by her family in prayer. Florence accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 13 at the Herald Mennonite Church. She continued her faith as a devout follower of Christ, enjoying church services, reading scripture, and bible studies. Florence graduated from Cordell High School in 1961 and attended Southwestern State University. She married Jerry Nickel on June 20, 1962. They had had two children, Monte and Cindy. Florence was devoted to her two children. She dedicated her time as a mother to love, support, and nurture her children to become the people they are today. Florence cherished maintaining a loving home. Holidays were especially important. The preparation for warm family gatherings lit her heart with joy. There was never a shortage of love, great food, and laughter. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, family heritage, and “old stuff.” Florence was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, a characteristic she maintained throughout life. Florence’s professional career consisted of positions at Rothschild’s and Mathis Brothers. Florence will be dearly missed by all. Her bright smile and humor will live in our hearts forever. Florence was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by son Monte Nickel and wife Carmen of Bessie, Okla.; daughter Cindy Rogers and husband Todd of Edmond; brother LaVern Schmidt and wife OlaDean of Mustang, Okla.; sister Betty Smith of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandchildren Whitney, Carsen, Camryn, and Reece. Services are under the direction of Tribute Memorial Care in Norman, Okla. There will be a visitation from 3 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at Edmond First Church of the Nazarene, 3001 S. Boulevard. The celebration of Florence’s life will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 4, at Edmond First Church of the Nazarene. Interment will be 3 p.m. at Harold Mennonite Cemetery in Bessie, Okla. Condolences may be shared at www.tribute.care. Florence’s favorite charity was the Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale. Donations of support can be made either online at www.okreliefsale.com or contacting Gina Reimer 2005 Buggy Whip Lane, Enid, OK 73073
Published on  February 29, 2016
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