A graveside memorial service and inurnment for Edith May (Honeycutt) Nuckolls will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at the Blanchard Cemetery in Blanchard, Iowa. Mr. Chris Stevens will officiate. Following the service, the family will receive friends at the Blanchard Community Center. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.
Edith was born December 19, 1919 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the daughter of Harry M. and Zader May (Keith) Honeycutt. Her mother, Zader May, died at the age of 72 on May 15, 1972, at Hand Community Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa. Edith passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the age of 96 in her home in Watson, Missouri.
At the age of three, Edith moved with her mother to Westboro, Missouri, where her mother worked as a housekeeper for Charles A. “Sandy” Brown. Edith’s mother and Sandy later married. Edith grew up on the farm owned by Mr. Brown and attended school in Westboro and graduated high school in 1938. Edith was class Valedictorian and was awarded a scholarship to Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville, Missouri. After graduating in 1941 with a two year teaching degree, Edith taught at the Shiloh Country School in Polk Township and the Emporia Country School northeast of Westboro.
In 1943, Edith moved to Kansas City, Missouri to attend a radio operator school. She received a Radio Operator’s permit from the FCC in November of 1943. A radio operator, at that time, was the equivalent of our present day air traffic controller. In December of 1943 she was hired as a radio operator by TWA in Winslow, Arizona. Edith later held radio operator positions in Burbank and Fresno, California, before returning to Winslow.
It was while she was in Winslow that Edith met and married Kenneth Earl Myers on January 14, 1949. To this union was born four children, Sandra May, Monte Lewis, Clay Edward, and Judith Elaine. In 1959, the family moved to Essex, Iowa. In 1962, Edith and Kenneth divorced and Edith returned to Westboro and the farm where she grew up.
In 1972, Edith married Dale Woodrow Nuckolls. Edith and Dale lived on the farm until, due to health issues, she moved in to the Tarkio Rehabilitation Center and then into private care.
Besides her parents, Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Dale W. Nuckolls. Survivors include children, Sandra M. Peters, Mill Spring, North Carolina, Monte L. Myers and Clay E. Myers, both of Westboro, and Judith E. Myers of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; stepchildren, Dale Lynne Ogden of Summerfield, North Carolina, Danny Nuckolls of Westboro, Diane Nuckolls of Summerfield, North Carolina, and Denise Davis of Oregon, Wisconsin; and grandchildren, Brady Clay Myers of Richland, Washington, and Erika May Peters of Leesburg, Virginia; as well as Edith’s “Special Friend” and caregiver Marsha Meinders of Watson, Missouri. The family would like to express their overwhelming appreciation and gratitude to Marsha Meinders for the extraordinary care given to Edith in her later years and declining health.
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimers Association. Online condolences may be made at www.minterfuneralchapels.com.