Reva Jean Ice (Nickell), 44, of Anchorage, Alaska passed away on April 24, 2013 at her home. She was born November 11, 1968 in Anchorage, Alaska to Elmo and Wanda Nickell.
Reva was a caretaker for the Pioneers home in the Alzheimer/dementia unit. She worked for Cedar Creek Assisted Living and, most recently, Pine Creeks Assisted Living caring for schizophrenic patients. She was a beautiful loving mother of four and a hard, independent worker that never let anything get in her way or keep her down. Reva was the kind of person who would go out of her way to help someone in need. She always seemed to know something about everything, and no matter what she was going through she always put family and friends before her own needs.
At the age of seven she started having problems with her heart, and by 19 she had open heart surgery, and at 34 a pacemaker. If heart disease was not enough, she developed COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and sleep apnea. From a young age she knew troubles; her mom passed away at age seven and her father had also become sick, but she took care of him to the bitter end, easing his suffering and keeping him alive, while enduring her own medical problems. Through all the medical problems that made living an uphill battle she loved life, had a great sense of humor, stayed positive, and nothing kept her down. Her family and friends were her number one hobby and caring for people was her job that she loved and excelled at. She was always shrewd with her money and really knew how to stretch a dollar, and was always lucky in life. Her life was looking up, with a big promotion, when she was taken too soon. Gone so soon, but loved so long.
A service will be held Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel with a burial to follow at Angelus Memorial Park Cemetery. She will be laid to rest next to her mother and father.