On January 26, 1980, a baby girl was born at 6:29 P.M. at Red Oak, Iowa. She was named Nicole May. On July 9, 1980 Nicole had a change in her life and on July 10 came to live with Leland and Linda Carmichael as a foster child. There are no words to describe the feeling we felt when she came into our lives that evening. As time went on, Leland and Linda’s position changed from foster parents to Nicole’s parents in March, 1982 by adoption.
A baby boy was born to Leland and Linda in February, 1981, named Clinton and Clinton announced he had a new baby sister and a party was held to welcome her into the community. Come to think of it, we are probably responsible for all Nicole’s partying habits that she participated in her thirty six years of life, with her being age 2 for her first party. As a young toddler, she loved to play outside in the sand, ride her trikes and play with the kitties and which we even had a funeral for one kitty and buried it beside the old tire beside the sand pile. Nicole attended Sunday School at the United Methodist Church in Villisca, Iowa where she was baptized. She attended pre-school and grade school through 5th grade in Villisca, entering sixth grade in Lenox, Iowa and graduated with the Class of 1998. She participated in volley ball, track, basketball and cross country. She had an abundant amount of energy and used it not just for her studies and sports, but to have fun.
While in high school she worked at Papettis in Lenox. She also worked at the Tiger Den and got up in the early morning, before school started, to clean for Dr. Rudy Imm Dental Office. She attended DMACC School in Des Moines after graduation with classes in business. She worked at several jobs, but the latest was Aldis for six years and recently had went to train in L.A. California for a company named Joern’s Health Care in Lenexa, Kansas with her position title as Medical Delivery Technician.
Larry C. Antisdel became a part of her life in her school days in our home and grew to have great respect for him and upon graduation, and continuing through her 36 years of life, would call Larry and talk to him if she had car problems, and loved to talk about NASCAR racing.
Jackie Miller Hulett was and still is Nicole’s best high school friend. Initially they did not get along. Nicole beat Jackie in a lot of sports events and this was a challenge between them. Jackie told Mom, Linda, that this made her very mad. For instance the 100 yard dash in track, Nicole was ahead of Jackie frequently, but they worked out their differences and have been inseparable ever since.
Nicole often called Uncle Dave, better known as Dinky to talk to him. This could be any time of the night and when they got done talking things were always good.
Two years ago Nicole met the love of her life, Janelle, and life could not be better and as time went on Nicole was blessed with Janelle’s family coming into her life. Her family in Iowa had repeatedly said that words could not describe Janelle’s family as how they accepted Nicole into their family. It was remarkable.
Nicole was a strong person in many ways. Enjoyed having fun, having many friends, was a beautiful girl and wanted to be helpful to all people she knew. Mom and her talked about confidence in herself from time to time which that is one thing she felt she lacked. She felt she needed to be a better person to other people. Mom continued to tell her she was great and to try to build herself up. She was a rock for a lot of people and whenever Mom had health issues Nicole told her Mom you are going to be ok and she was. She repeatedly said the angels are going to take care of you. Nicole made me feel so good. Even though Nicole had the love of her life, had a good job, nice car, family, many friends, and much more, there was something missing in Nicole’s life and Nicole could not find it, nor her family did not know what it was. So the angels took hold of her and put their arms around her on July 10, 2016 and said come with us and we will take care of you. Nicole now lives in a new town named Heaven City and we have already heard she loves it. It is peaceful and beautiful and the angels have removed all of her problems.
She has met new people to party with if you can imagine that, and for those not living in Heaven City yet that will be moving there at a later date to join Nicole are her Father, Leland Carmichael; Mother, Linda Carmichael (Larry C..Antisdel): Brother, Clinton Carmichael (wife Tammy); Niece, Kally Carmichael; Aunt Judy Cross (husband Forrest); Uncle David Palma; Uncle Paul Palma (wife Wanda); Cousins: Jason (Angie) Cross and Jared (Monique) Cross; Grandfather, Charles F. Palma; Step-Nephews: Luke Samo (wife Kayla); Benji Samo (wife Katy); Fiancee, Janelle Lickteig; Daughters: Kyla Keisler and Ashlynn Altic; Parents-in-law: Dennis and Kathleen Lickteig and Mark and Marilyn Dawson; Brothers-in Law and Sisters-in Law: Kimberly Lickteig and Trevor Carlisle (and five children); Chris and Jennifer Irons (and five children); Chris Lickteig (and one child); Charlie Casby and Amanda Hulse (and three children); Missy and Melissa Riemer (and three children); and many friends and other relatives.
She is preceded in death by Grandparents: Melba Palma and Dwight and Ruth Carmichael; and Step-Nephew, Matt Samo.
Funeral Services will be 3:00 P.M., Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St., Creston. Rev. Tim Maxa will officiate. Fellowship with snacks at 5:00 P.M. Saturday, July 16 at Pearson Family Funeral Service Community Room. Open Visitation and Family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Saturday evening. Open Visitation from 10:00 A.M. until service time on Sunday, July 17. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in Nicole’s name, for a park bench at Olathe Lake in Olathe, Kansas. On-line condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.