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Sally Ann Abbott (Nickel), 74, of Midland, MI, entered into the presence of her Lord peacefully on March 9, 2020 surrounded by her beloved family.

Sally was born at home in Fenton, Michigan on June 16th, 1945 and was the fifth child of Marion and Leo Nickel. Three words describe Sally very well – loving, happy-hearted, and adventurous. Sally worked as a candy-striper in high school and learned that nursing was her calling. She graduated from Hurley School of Nursing in Flint, MI. She enjoyed her nursing career, but being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend was the priority in her life.

Sally married Edward Abbott on July 16, 1967 and they’ve enjoyed fifty-two sweet years together. Ed was her greatest earthly treasure and friend, followed closely by her three children, Julia, Gannon, and Heidi. Her seven grandchildren were blessed by her happy-hearted and adventurous ways as she loved to be active with them – swimming, playing games, working puzzles, hot-tubbing, nature walks, camping, gardening, story-telling, all with much laughter and love.

Sally came to faith in Christ at an early age. She considered this the most important moment of her whole life. Sally has lived with joy and loving service for her Lord and Savior. In most recent years, she’s enjoyed teaching a pre-school Sunday school class and learned to facilitate small groups with Women’s Bible Study Fellowship. A huge part of Sally and Ed’s life together was the love and hospitality shown to all who entered their home.

She will be deeply missed by her family. She is survived by her husband Edward Abbott, children Julia (Scott) Marsh, Gannon (Nicole) Abbott, and Heidi (Tim) Leigeb. Her beloved grandchildren are McKenzie (Jesse) Pausch, Jared Marsh, Aaron and Delaney Abbott, Tanner, Reise, and Caden Leigeb. Her five siblings are Colleen (Don) Schultz, Florence Nickel, Dorothy (Bernie) Mexicotte, Gary (Lois) Nickel, Jim (Midge) Nickel, and sister-in-law Carolyn Corwin. Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Nickel (Lossing), Leo Nickel, mother-in-law Frances Varilek (White), and father-in-law Virgil Abbott.

On behalf of our entire family, we want to extend our sincere appreciation for all the many ways you have come alongside our family during this difficult week.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15th, 2020. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 6 p.m. All events will be held at Sunrise Baptist Church, 2138 N. Jefferson Rd. Midland, MI 48642.

Memorial donations can be made to support CityView Baptist Church Building Fund, Cleveland, OH. Please make checks out to CityView Baptist Church and write Building Fund in Memo. Donations can be sent to CityView Baptist Church, C/o Pastor Bill Taylor, 3903 Spokane Ave., Cleveland, OH 44109 or donate online click here.

Flowers may be sent to 2025 N. Jefferson Rd. Midland, MI 48640

Smith- Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Abbott family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.


Condolence Messages

  1. Rev. Dan J Hart

    05 April 2020 1 year ago

    Ed and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of such a special lady. Sally was a kind soul One of the best hearts. From your days on Lemen St in Fenton. and Fenton Bible Church. I am so very sorry but there is peace in knowing she rests in the arms of God now and walks the streets of gold. I have fond memories of your family. And also the days at the Middle School when you taught the band how to be the best they could be. God Bless you Ed and your family. Sally will be missed.

  2. Carolyn Norris

    23 March 2020 1 year ago

    Very sorry to hear of Sally’s stroke and loss to all of us. I saw her every Thursday at BSF where she served as group leader for my class a few years back. I still treasure the egg she made for me and the class members. My heart is sad by her suffering and loss. Knowing she is home with Jesus is so assuring. I plan to see her there

  3. Gannon & Nicole Abbott

    14 March 2020 1 year ago

    Dear Mom ( & Grandma),
    We will miss your smile, your homemade bread & cookies that you would make around Christmas time, coming to watch Aaron & Delaney at their sporting events, & hearing about your day. We know you aren’t in any more pain, or discomfort, & that our Heavenly Father has you in His care.
    May this time be filled with peace & the knowledge that this world is not our home & we are only passing through. Looking forward to seeing you again, Mom.
    Much love,
    Gannon, Nikki, Aaron, & Delaney Abbott

  4. Gannon & Nicole Abbott

    14 March 2020 1 year ago

    Dear Mom, (& Dad too!)
    It has been with joy, tears, learning how to love others, & understanding God’s will for her life that made Mom who she was. We are thankful for the time we had with her, here on this earth & will look forward to the day we will see her in heaven.
    We remember Mom baking bread at your home in Beaverton, walks in the woods at your home in Rhodes, & visiting you with Aaron & Delaney when you lived in Illinois. Glad you were able to visit us overseas when we were doing God’s work in S.E. Asia & the wonderful travels we could do while you were there.
    May the Lord be ever close to you, Dad, during the good days & hard days. We know Mom is enjoying life without pain or grief or sadness & to this end we rejoice as He does over us when we return to our heavenly home. Much love to you,
    Gannon, Nikki, Aaron, & Delaney Abbott

  5. Linda Bass

    14 March 2020 1 year ago

    Sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. She was a faithful woman of God and a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed. May her memory be a blessing!

  6. Ron & Karen Sparks

    12 March 2020 1 year ago

    Ed [and family]….you and Sally have been ‘Jesus with skin on’ to so many people and truly good testimonies for our Lord. Given the circumstances, we cannot say we are sorry she has gone to her eternal home, but we do lift up all of you and will continue to pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit as you endure these difficult days. Sally will be missed but only for a season. As you quoted, “Absent from the body…present with the Lord”. God is good! Praise His holy name. with much love, ron & karen

  7. Darin Devereaux

    12 March 2020 1 year ago

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers and condolences go out to your whole family in this difficult time.

  8. Mary Kotarba

    12 March 2020 1 year ago

    Sally helped me and my daughter through some very rough times, when my daughter was very ill. Her kind, calm, sweet manner, gave me strength to face the trials and fears of that time. I am very sad to learn of her passing, even though I am looking forward to meeting her, again, in our Father’s house. Dear Pastor Ed, and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. She gave sweetness to all our lives.

  9. Kathy and Lee Kilbourn

    12 March 2020 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. Sending prayers for Ed and family during this time of celebrating her life.

  10. Helen Henley

    11 March 2020 1 year ago

    Sally was so special to many of us who knew her. I will remember her fondly as a woman of faith in our loving Father God. Her love of her family and friends was evident in every encounter with her, Ed, please know that we are praying for you and the family in the days ahead. May God give comfort and peace to you.
    John and Helen Henley

  11. Rae Ellen Foy

    11 March 2020 1 year ago

    I’m God Bless you and your children, Ed. Sally is in Heaven now but always in your hearts. She is such a special person. I’m sure Jesus has given her an important job comforting other new angels. I’m glad she is with Duane, Lori, Lisa and Traci, and I plan to see her in Heaven when it is my time.
    Love 💕 Rae Ellen Foy

  12. Brenda & Tom England

    11 March 2020 1 year ago

    Sincere condolences from Tom & Brenda England. She is in a better place. Prayers for all her family. We loved getting to know Sally at Nickel family reunions. She will be missed. She was a lovely person indeed.

  13. Katie Martin

    11 March 2020 1 year ago

    Wrapping you all in prayers for peace during this difficult time.

  14. Michelle Vaughn Abbott

    10 March 2020 1 year ago

    So Sorry Ed and Family. Our Heart goes out to You all

  15. Nancy

    10 March 2020 1 year ago

    May God bless you as you travel this road of loss and know she is truly happy because she is now in God’s presence.

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