Mary Glenda Crawford Nickell
1937 - 2021
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Mary Glenda Crawford Nickell

Mary Glenda Crawford Nickell, age 83, went to her heavenly home on March 30, 2021.

She was born in St. Louis, Michigan on September 12, l937. Mary was preceded in death by her loving parents, Del and Irene Crawford and two brothers, Hugh Crawford and Manley Crawford, and one sister, Delpha Price. She is survived by daughters: Carol Hilton, Connie Kriley, and sons: Del Nickell and Paul Nickell, eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons. She is also survived by one brother, Curt Crawford in AZ and one sister, Donna Ott in CA. as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Mary grew up in the small town of St. Louis, MI in the center of Michigan. Fun times were spent on her Grandmother Crawford's farm and collecting Indian arrowheads along Pine River which flowed nearby, and ice skating on the frozen pond in the winter. She had aunts and uncles and cousins galore and saw them all at family reunions She attended schools there until graduation in 1955. She was a Brownie Scout, a Girl Scout and sung in the junior church choir and played the flute in the high school band. She also played the piano. After graduation, her parents moved the whole family (six children) to Tempe, AZ where her parents built a furniture store called Crawford's Furniture.

Mary was a graduate of Arizona State University with a master's degree in Education. After graduation, she met the love of her life, Charles Nickell and they married in 1961.Her first year of teaching was at Tempe High School and then McClintock High in Tempe. She taught school for more than 30 years in both Arizona and California. She loved teaching and kept in touch with students from her first year of teaching at Tempe High School in 1961 and many others since then.

Mary's faith in Jesus Christ and her love for her family were very important to her. She was a member of Arizona Community Church in Tempe, AZ and active in the IN-Joy Senior Adult Ministries. She was a member of the B12 Club, a lunch group that met once a month for nearly 8 years. She was a past member of the Ocotillo Women's


A celebration of Mary's life was held at Arizona Community Church on April 2, 2021, at 10 am. There will be a private burial at East Rest Haven Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ with a family gathering. Arrangements made by Tempe Mortuary.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2021.
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April 6, 2021
Your Facebook account is gone and I wasn't fast enough to copy & save all your messages. I will remember your favorite emojis and red hearts you would send. You're in my thoughts daily, but also in my heart. After speaking at your funeral, others commented that I reminded them of you, using props, just like a teacher. LOL R.I.P. #Rememberthegoodtimes #RTGT
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