On Sunday morning, Oct. 21, 2007, a beautiful "Lady" whispered goodbye. Carol Elizabeth Meissner was born on Dec. 22, 1926, in Glendive, the youngest of eight children born to Steve and Magdalena Meissner.
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After completing school in Glendive, she continued with her singing career as a jazz vocalist. She sang with the Jimmy Dorsey band, Doc's Tailgate Dixieland Jazz Band and with many other wonderful musicians. Mom sang for many weddings, funerals and other local events. She sang at the Cave, Melody Supper Club, the Elks, the Depot in Livingston and elsewhere. Her family was particularly blessed when she played the piano and sang the blues in the quiet of her home.
On March 30, 1948, she married the love of her life, Stuart Charles Nicholson. Together they raised four children. They lived in Big Timber until 1964, when they located in Livingston.
Mom was the most gracious, loving wife, mother and grandmother we could have ever known. She always stood up for us and made us understand that everything was alright. Her family was everything to her. She knew God. She had a warm, genuine, loving goodness which blessed any room she was in.
She is survived by her husband, Chuck; her four children, Tom (Laura) Nicholson, Nancy Nicholson (Don), and Carrie Nicholson, all of Livingston, and Jodie (Ted) Dinsdale of Roberts; her brother, Steve Meissner of Seattle, Wash.; and her most beautiful 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her infant son, Charles Frederick.
Mom, your 80 wonderful years were truly a gift from God for each of us. Keep your arms around us and keep a song in our hearts.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Big Timber, with a reception following at the American Legion Club in Big Timber.
Arrangements are by Stenberg Funeral Home.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 24, 2007