Bonita Nicol

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Bonita Lavonne Briggs Nicol (Bonnie as she was known to her friends) was born February 5, 1923 at Winthrop, Iowa the daughter of John and Grace Skinner Briggs. She attended country school as a child and later Winthrop High School, graduating with honors in 1940. She then attended Gates Business College in Waterloo and upon completion worked at Davidson's Department Store, Rath Packing, and John Deere in the secretarial field. She then moved to Minneapolis and worked for ADM.
Bonnie married Fred Nicol September 9, 1943, in Iowa City, Iowa. Fred entered the U.S. Army and was sent to California where Bonnie worked for the office of personnel administration. When Fred went to Guam, Bonnie returned to Iowa to await his return. In 1946 Fred was discharged from the Army and went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration. He worked in the Midwest area for over thirty years. During that time they lived various places.
Upon Freds retirement they bought an acreage in the Black Hills of South Dakota where they built their home and lived for over 30 years. Fred died on April 2, 1998.
Bonnie loved animals and fed the deer daily at their home in the Hills. She was also a ham radio operator and loved music,having built her own organ. Bonnie was an accomplished seamstress and also made beautiful knit, crochet and needlework items.
Bonita Nicol passed away Monday, August 30, 2010 at the Halcyon House Care Center in Washington, Iowa. She was 87 years of age. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of 55 years, three brothers: John (Bob) Briggs, Allen Briggs, and Stuart Briggs, and one nephew. She is survived by two sisters: Jenette Bush of Cedar Rapids and Joan Shank of Washington, Iowa along with many nieces and nephews whom she loved.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 2, 2010 at the Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop with Pastor Dean Schlitter officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 AM until the services on Thursday at Fawcett's. Interment of her cremains will be in Fairview Cemetery at Winthrop. To leave an online message go to under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Aug. 31, 2010
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