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Nicar, Mary Hope (Powell)1950

D.O.D 03/08/2013 - Mary Hope (Powell) Nicar was born in Enid, OK, to Dr. Wilfred and Lois (Lemon) Powell on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928. She was the youngest of three daughters. Mary Hope graduated from Enid High School in 1946. She attended Phillips University, where she studied art, music and drama. While at Phillips, she met and married Reo (Nick) Nicar. They had three children. They were members of Hite Boulevard Christian Church.

In 1962, the family moved from Enid to Edmond so Reo could attend OCU Law School. They were members of First Christian Church in Edmond, where Mary and Reo were in the choir.

Mary Hopeís family was her life. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her gentle, loving and caring personality wasnít just for family; she always had a smile, a kind word and a helping hand for anyone. Everyone who knew her loved her.

In earlier years, she could always be found helping at her church. She was also a Blue Bird/Camp Fire Leader, a Cub Scout Den Mother and a homeroom mother and was active in PTA.

Mary Hope loved music and instilled a love of music in her children. She played the piano, sang beautifully and was particularly fond of musicals. She had a creative flare that was apparent in everything she did, from making clothes and costumes, creating Cub Scout plays, making parade floats and decorating cakes. She loved modern art, and her house was full of bright colors, including the garage door she painted so bright it made the house recognizable to everyone in town. Her favorite artist was Georgia OíKeefe.

She loved nature, animals and especially bird-watching. When Reo retired, they traveled the country in their motor home.

When Reo died in 1993, Mary moved to Norman to live with her daughter, Robin, where she was a member of First Christian Church of Norman.

When her sister was moved into a memory care facility, she visited her almost daily. When Mary Hope developed Alzheimerís as well, in 2007, they shared a room and were inseparable until Evelynís death nine months ago.

Mary Hope had three children, Robin, Bill, and Nicolette. She died March 8, 2013.