Note: A note dated April 22, 2001, by Samuel William Aylesworth, son of Agnes Alice Nickle and Robert Wesley Aylesworth. Agnes was the daughter of Samuel Clarence Nickle.
I have in my possession numerous letter from and about George Nickle, his wife Martha (called "Mattie"] and from and about Samuel Clarence Nickle, his wife Olga Nickle (nee Simonson), and their family members. I received these letters from Rosemary Nickle, the widow of Samuel Clarence Nickle (Jr), a son of Samuel Clarence Nickle (Sr) and a brother of my mother Agnes. I will read through these letters during the months ahead, and record critical information in this family tree.
The earliest reference to Agnes is in a letter written in 1924, indicating that Agnes has gone on a motor trip to Edmonton with George and Martha Nickle, her grandparents. Agnes would be 9 years old.
June 17, 1928: brief handwritten letter from Agnes to her Dad in Winnipeg.
A TRIBUTE TO
AGNES ALICE AYLESWORTH
(The following comments were spoken by Bob Aylesworth at the memorial service for mother on March 2, 1998; they were written by Catherine Aylesworth based on a conversation about mom with Bob, Sam, Tom, Al, Art, Charles Young & others at Bob's home the evening prior to the service.)
It's a world of laughter, a world or tears.
It's a world of hopes and a world of fears.
There's so much that we share
that it's time we're aware
It's a small world after all.
The world is indeed a better place because Agnes Aylesworth lived. And all of us who knew her are richer individuals because she touched our lives and she touched our hearts.
On behalf of Dad and all of my brothers and sisters, I thank you for joining its today in this celebration of my mother's very full and good life. Together, we rejoice in the unique connections that we have individually shared with Mom -- we celebrate a remarkable woman of phenominal insight, strength, morals, spunk, and of never-ending unconditional love.
As we all know, Mother was really a no-fuss gal who expected no more of anyone else than she did of herself. Her needs and desires were simple. And all that she really wanted in this world was for every single person to love and be loved. It was through her quest to fulfil this wish that an extremely special lady with an amazing capacity to give evolved.
There are so many things that come to mind when we think of Mother and today we try to celebrate but a few of them.
Today we celebrate Morn's gift to connect with people, to build relationships, to bring people together.
To Mom, we were all one big happy and real family. Her sense of family knew no boundaries as she warmly and oh so naturally opened her heart to all nieces, nephews, cousins, friends of the kids, their families, friends' friends and so on.
There is no doubt that Mom's sense of family was nurtured by her own immediate family. She admired and respected her own parents and credited them for the solid grounding and values that anchored her 80 years. We often heard her say, "My Mother wanted us to be caring -- decent. You did things for other people." She adored her brothers Sam and Carl and treasured her special friendship with her dear sister Olga.
And then came Dad. Sixty one years ago next week, Mom and Dad began a journey as colorful and rewarding as any two people could ever wish. They were a team like no other with unrefuted respect and playful affection. Together they found a lifestyle true to themselves and created a safe, fun-loving haven for all those around them.
For those who passed through their world, Mom would impart her basic beliefs. But she didn't always just sit you down and lecture in an orchestrated way. Most often, it just happened. She was a master of giving direction without imposing. She wouldn't tell you what to think but she was dam well going to make you think!
Mother took a genuine interest in us all and spoke to us as individuals. She heard us deeply and wisely. For that we are blessed
Today, we also celebrate Mom's concern to be practical. "We were put on this earth to be productive -- to try to do something decent," she would say.
Ken will later read us the lesson of the Good Samaritan. We admire and applaud Mother's idealism and her high standards for the way she lived -- the way in which she hoped others would live. She would never think twice about picking tip the phone to ask about this or comment on that Nor would she give a moment's hesitation to helping someone in need.
She was down right tenacious in her belief that all children are of great value and she carried this intensity to the systems level of our society. She was wise, focused and well thought out. Part of her amazing strength was her unabashed gutsiness and relentlessness.
And finally today, as we celebrate Agnes Aylesworth, we celebrate Mom's love of children, "Children are a gift. Spend time with them. Listen to them. Protect them. Love them."
Both mother and Dad very much respected and supported the role of the mother. Parenting, in general, was simply the most important job you'd ever have. Again, her wisdom was basic and sound and well-researched on her 8 children, 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren!
Mom was always trying to teach something to someone.
"Just do it for the kids!" Play with them Have some fun. Go to Disneyland even if you can't afford it! Rarely was she happier than when she had lots of kids around preferably without their parents!
I now wish to introduce Nancy Mikkleson, who will say a few words .(Nancy then spoke).
Today we will sing 'Blessed are the Pure of Heart' in celebration of a lady who was just that. Mom believed God to be a loving God and her sense of spirituality was fed through the innocence and purity of nature and children.
As we leave here today, let us go with happy hearts, inspired souls and cherished memories of the woman who loved teddy bears, chocolate and kids.
Mom, you will live on in us forever!
(Spoken by Bob Aylesworth at the memorial service for mother on March 2, 1998; written by Catherine Aylesworth based on a conversation about mom with Bob, Sam, Tom, Al, Art, Charles Young & others.)
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