Dorothy Irene (Hart) Nickel, 89, born Jan. 21, 1923 at Douglass, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 in Rose Hill. Dorothy was raised in El Dorado and was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church. She worked as a legal secretary for several years, and then began her insurance career with Bacon Insurance Company and later with the Insurance Center of El Dorado. She retired in 1995 after 25 years with the Insurance Center. Most important to her was her faith and her church. She loved being with her family and enjoyed traveling. Dorothy was a member of the Life Enrichment program at Butler County Community College, a member of the YMCA, supported multiple activities at the Senior Center, and was a charter member of the El Dorado Aerobics group. She also volunteered at the El Dorado Oil Museum. She loved music and regularly attended the El Dorado Community Concert series.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and her husband Allen V. Nickel. She is survived by: her sons, Curtis Nickel (Cindy) of Rose Hill, Phillip Nickel (Charlene) of Tulsa, Okla., and Gary Nickel (Cindy) of Augusta. Dorothy had eight grandchildren, Brett Nickel (Michaela) of Andover, Jared Nickel of Kansas City, Mo., Jeff Nickel (Jacqlyn) of Andover, Evan Nickel (Ginny) of Tacoma, Wash., Angela Nickel of Denver, Colo., Eric Nickel of Tulsa, Okla., and Daniel Nickel and Justin Nickel, both of Norman, Okla., and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of El Dorado. Visitation with family present will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home in El Dorado. Burial will follow at Sunset Lawns Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with the Sarah Circle at First Baptist Church of El Dorado and the El Dorado Oil Museum. Contributions may be left at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. To send condolences go to www.kirbymorrisfuneralhome.com.