FRANCELLA O'BRIEN 6/2/1948 - 4/14/2013 Francella O'Brien, 65, passed away at Fort Irwin, California. She was born in Hardy, Arkansas, was a resident of Michigan for 54 years, and had lived with her daughter and son-in-law at for Fort Irwin for the past 2 years. Francella graduated from Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1966 with a Medical Assistant degree, and then attended Kay College in Traverse City, Michigan, receiving her Cosmetology degree, and worked for many years as a hairdresser. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Barstow, and volunteered with the Awanas. Her greatest joy was being a Mom and Grandma. Surviving Francella are her children, Max Nickerson III and his wife, Monique of MI, Jeannie Nickerson of NE, Yvonne Nickerson and her fiancé, Bob Strodl of MI, Nichole Tenney of CO, and Monica Padilla and her husband, James of CA; brothers, Robert Voice and his wife, Barbara of MI and Edward Hays of MI; and sister, Francine Boatz of MI; 14 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Services for Francella will be on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 with visitation starting at 1 p.m., and the funeral service at 3 p.m. at Mead Mortuary, 36930 Irwin Road. Arrangements provided by Mead Mortuary, 760-256-5671. www.meadcares.com
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Published in the Daily Press on Apr. 23, 2013