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Obituaries

October 17, 2013

Obituaries for Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ione Hickman Patton, age 93 years, 10 months, and 25 days, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Somerset, Ky.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the St Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Somerset, Ky.  
Burial will follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery.  
The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Friday at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home in Whitley City, Ky.
She was born Nov. 17, 1919 in the Yamacraw Hilltop community in McCreary County, Ky. to Albert Hickman and Nola White Hickman. Ione attended Sullivan Business School in Louisville after graduating high school.  
She was an avid gardener and outdoors woman who loved fishing. Ione was the true definition of an altruistic woman who was committed to serving her community in Stearns, Pine Knot, and Louisville.  She had served as the President of the Stearns School Board in the Stearns school district, President of the Stearns PTA, and she was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was a member of the Kentucky-Indiana Herb Society and of the Laurel Heights Chapter 288 Order of the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Matron from 1964 until 1965. She attended Stearns First Baptist Church and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Somerset. 
Ione met her beloved husband, John Warren Patton, during WWII while working on the Manhattan Project, a project that built the first atomic bomb that eventually ended WWII. She also served as a navigator for the Women’s Air Corps during the war. She and John were wed in April 1945 in Amarillo, Texas and enjoyed 65 years of marriage before his death in 2010. After their retirement, the couple enjoyed travelling to many countries.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; brothers, Max “Tubby” Hickman and Harold J. Hickman; her twin sister, Leone Prater; sister, Mildred Worley; and John’s brothers and sisters to whom she was a beloved sister-in-law.

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    Viola Keith Nicholas was born Sept. 5, 1921 to the late William and Alice Jones Keith and she departed this life to her eternal home on April 7, 2014, having attained the age of 92 years.
    She was a devoted wife to the late Wesley Nicholas for 50 years. She was a faithful member at Grave Hill Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School class for many years. She retired from the Pulaski County Board of Education. After retirement she served as a foster grandparent at Oakwood Training Facility for special needs children. She also volunteered at the Burnside Elementary preschool program, giving her time, talents and love to the 3 and 4 year old children whom she adored.
    Viola is survived by two daughters, Diana (and Austin) Alton, and Tana (and Tom) Chesney; one son, Rex Nicholas; and three brothers, Robert (and Barbara) Keith, Danny (and Ann) Keith, and David (and Ellen) Keith.  
    She was also blessed with many grandchildren and all were special to her.
    Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Nicholas and Gale Nicholas; two grandsons, Ricky Alton and Michael Nicholas; a granddaughter, Karen Alton Cogdill; and the following siblings: Alicie Super, Emerine Neeley, Mattie Keith, Maggie Godsey, Bertha Duncan, Clara Helton, Otis Keith, Clora Hardwick, Vergie Keith, Grover Keith, Mertie Yeskie, Lowell Keith, Joyce Sellers, Bill Keith, and Jim Keith; and the following step-siblings: Murphy Owens, Geneva Hill, Louise Fritts, and Reva Jones.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Darry Hatfield and Bro. Doyle Worley officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Grave Hill Cemetery.
    The family of Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Grave Hill Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 85, Tateville, Ky. 42558, or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky. 42503.
    Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.

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