September 1, 1983 – March 28, 2017
Kelly Denise (Nickles) Martindale, 33, passed away March 28, 2017 after a courageous six-year battle with cancer.
Kelly was born September 1, 1983 in South Bend, Indiana. Left to cherish her memory are four children, Joseph and Jon Fisher, Lillie Barfell and Casey J. Straub; mother, Jane Vivian (Sheehan) Nickles; father, Bruce Nickles; dad, David Flowers; eight siblings, twin-brother, Anthony Nickles, Bruce Bob (Tina) Nickles, Christopher Nickles, Kady Miller, Derek Miller, Zachary Ross and Fawn Himes; three grandmothers, Lillie (Richard) Mendenhall, Fonda Nickles and Rosie Flowers; and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by grandparents: Robert Sheehan, Jack Nickles, Wilma Bingham and Floyd Flowers.
Kelly was a loving and devoted mother, daughter, granddaughter and niece. She fought her battle with everything she had hoping that her children, and everyone else she knew, would learn to never give up and keep faith. She did not want to leave her children and hoped a cure would be found. Her parting leaves a deep void in the hearts of many, but knowing she is now with her Lord and Savior, brings her family comfort. She will be dearly missed. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness…” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses at Center for Hospice Care, especially Bonnie Mueller and Stephanie Irving, for the compassionate care they showed to the entire family.
A memorial service, to celebrate Kelly’s life, will be held on Saturday, April 1, at 11:00 a.m. at Open Door Christian Fellowship, 51586 County Rd. 5 North, Elkhart, IN 46514.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to McGann Hay Funeral Home, 2313 E. Edison Rd. South Bend, IN 46615, to help cover funeral and medical expenses.
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