The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Maudie Mae Nickels Leslie Henson Taylor went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 8, 2013, after a short illness. Maudie worked at always putting God first in her life. Her spiritual connection to God was the driving force in her life.
Maudie was born to Kay and Liddie Nickels on June 13, 1921, near Blanchard. Maudie graduated from Bridgecreek High School in 1939 and Lake Merritte School of Business in Oakland, Calif. She married Thomas Cecil Leslie on May 18, 1943, and was married for 42 years when Cecil died in a boating accident on Oct. 7, 1985. They had owned and managed a dairy farm until retiring in 1973. She married Floyd Henson on April 13, 1990, and had been married for 8 years when he died on Dec. 4, 1998. She married Junior Taylor on Nov. 26, 2002, and was married for five years until his death on Dec. 4, 2007.
Maudie was baptized into Christ’s family in 1931 at Tuttle and was an active member of the Noble Church of Christ for 54 years.
She was a 4-H parent leader and assisted her daughters and community children to prepare for contests and fairs. She was a member of the Busy Bee Homemaker’s Club for more than 30 years. Maudie was honored with the Homemaker of the Year title in 1979 and she and her family were awarded Farm Family of the Year in 1970.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands; brother, Clifford Nickels; her brother-in-law, Jiggs (Wallace) Leslie; and numerous cousins and in-laws.
She is survived by her daughters, Delbert and Linda Leslie Simmons and Thomas of Oklahoma City, Debi Leslie Bocar of Oklahoma City, Shira and Leina of New York City and Jim and Gaye Leslie Anderson of Stillwater, and Steven and his wife Emily of Washington D.C. and Lauren of Cambridge, Mass. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia (Gin) of Noble; and her brother, Larry and Francis Nickels of Wichita, Kan.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
You are invited to celebrate Maudie’s rich and full life in Christ at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Noble Church of Christ. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Noble Church of Christ. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Primrose Funeral Service, primrosefuneralservice.com.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, June 12, 2013