NORMAN — Mary Hope (Powell) Nicar, 84, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, surrounded by her daughters, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, 312 W. Comanche St. in Norman.
Mary Hope was born in Enid to Dr. Wilfred and Lois (Lemon) Powell on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928. She was the youngest of three daughters. Mary Hope graduated from Enid High School in 1946. She attended Phillips University, where she studied art, music and drama. While at Phillips, she met and married Reo (Nick) Nicar. They had three children. They were members of Hite Boulevard Christian Church.
In 1962, the family moved from Enid to Edmond so that Reo could attend OCU Law School. They were members of the First Christian Church in Edmond, where Mary and Reo were in the choir. Mary Hope’s family was her life. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her gentle, loving and caring personality wasn’t just for family. She always had a smile, a kind word and a helping hand for anyone. Everyone who knew her loved her.
In earlier years, she could always be found helping at her church. She was also a Blue Bird/Camp Fire Leader, a Cub Scout den mother, a homeroom mother and was active in PTA.
Mary Hope loved music and instilled a love of music in her children. She played the piano, sang beautifully and was particularly fond of musicals. She had a creative flare that was apparent in everything she did — from making clothes and costumes, creating Cub Scout plays and making parade floats to decorating cakes. She loved modern art and her house was full of bright colors, including the garage door she painted so bright, it made the house recognizable to everyone in town. Her favorite artist was Georgia O’Keefe.