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.