Barbara Jean Monahan Nickle, age 80, of Ellijay, Georgia, passed on Saturday, April 3, 2021. She was born June 15, 1940 to Joseph Holden and Elsie Ellen (King) Monahan in Chester, Pennsylvania. Barbara graduated as valedictorian from Eddystone High School. Barbara married her high school sweetheart, Don, and they lived in South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia before retiring to Walnut Mountain in Ellijay. For 19 years, Barbara focused on her family, leading every boy and girl scout troop, sewing costumes, supporting every extracurricular activity, setting up campsites, perfecting the art of bargain shopping, and pouring her creative energy into various arts and crafts. No matter how busy her day, she always had a home cooked meal on the table for the family and our friends. Ready to slow down, Barbara returned to the workforce and retired from Mobil Oil Corporation as the Executive Secretary to the VP of Supply and Logistics. Even retirement couldn’t slow her down and she stayed active in Ellijay with the Walnut Mountain Garden Club, volunteering at the Faith, Hope and Charity Recycle Shop, publishing the Walnut Mountain newsletter with Don, and continuing to love and spoil her family.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 60 years, Donald, sisters: Jo Ann (Terence) O’Connor of Mill Hall, PA, and Patricia McTheny of Milford, DE, daughters: Karen (William) Brown and Jennifer (Phillip) Banzhof, both of Cumming, GA, and son: Steven (Lisa) Nickle of Bel Air, MD. Perhaps her favorite title was Mom-Mom to her six grandchildren: Jake (Shannon) Brown, Michael (Tamara) Duncan, Victoria (McLean) Boyd, Carrie Elizabeth Duncan (Rob Walden), Delaney Banzhof, Mackenzie Nickle, and her four great-grandchildren: Haven, Bo, Tyler, and Austin. Barbara will also be missed by Muffin, her beloved cat of 19 years.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 4:00pm at the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Smedley officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Donations may be made online at michaeljfox.org or by mail to PO Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com.
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