Illean Pearl Nicol (Kent), age 87, of Elkton, VA, formerly a long-time resident of Laurel, MD passed away surrounded by her loving family on September 06, 2019.
Illean was born on October 30, 1931 in Rupert, ID. She grew up in Logan, UT and eventually moved to California where she met her soulmate.
Illean married the love of her life, Robert A. Nicol, Sr. on September 03, 1952. The couple settled in Laurel, Maryland in the early 1950's, where they raised their six children; Robert A. “Bobby”, Kenny, Carl, Kathryn, Sandy and Robert R.. Illean spent more than 50 years in Laurel before relocating to Elkton, VA 15 years ago.
Illean was a dedicated employee and a hard worker. She worked as a caterer for various horse raceways in the area for many years before retiring. She was a loyal member of the Women of the Moose, and a star bowler. In her later years, she enjoyed spending time at her local senior center making crafts with her husband and friends. At home she enjoyed time with her dog Daisy, making puzzles with her grandchildren and watching Wheel of Fortune in the evenings with her husband.
Illean was a devoted and loving mother. She was very proud of her family and was blessed to have 15 grandchildren. Illean loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She would spend hours cooking and preparing for her company. She loved hosting Thanksgiving, birthdays and weddings in her home for family and friends.
Illean was known for her feisty, yet sweet and loving personality. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert A. Nicol, Sr., her children, Kenneth F. Nicol, Sandra I. Phelps (Timothy), Robert R. Nicol, Sr. and her daughter in law, Ofelia H. Nicol
She is also survived by her brother, Ferris M. Kent; her grandchildren, Cori, Josh, Eva, Gary, Laura, Joseph, Steven, Bobby, Andrew, David, Jenni, Alexeus, Anastasia, and Robert Jr.; her great grandchildren, Savannah, Parker, Jake, Ashley, Alexa, Hunter, Carmindy, Julianna, Katelyn, Tyler, Jordan, Bobby Jr., Nickolas, Ariyanna, Renee, Leanne, David Jr., Jamera, Jamyra, and Nahtya; her great-great grandchildren, John, Ethan, Isabella, and Zachary Jr.; her special life long friends, Bud & Donna Hollingsworth; and numerous extended family and friends.
Illean is preceded in death by her parents, William C. Kent, Sr. & Eva Olenslager; her siblings William C. Kent, Jr., Marcella Bissegger, & Carol Vance; her children, Robert A. Nicol, Jr., Carl S. Nicol, & Kathryn S. Letizio; Her daughter-in-law Angelique R. Nicol; and her grandson John L. Nicol.
Family and friends will gather at Donaldson Funeral Home, 313 Talbott Ave, Laurel, MD, on Friday, September 13th for Visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Meadowridge Memorial Park in Elkridge, MD.
There will be a Celebration of Life service on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 210 South Ave, Harrisonburg, VA for her family in friends in Virginia.