Nola Pickett

Memorial services for Nola A. Pickett, 91, Lawrence will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.  She died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Neuvant House of Lawrence.

She was born April 12, 1921, in Elwood, Utah, the daughter of Frank N. and Lena C. (Miller) Agricola.

Nola served our country as a U.S. Navy WAVE during World War II, She was a Lieutenant JG.

She has been a resident of Lawrence since 1951.

Nola was a member of the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship.  She was a lifelong Democrat and supporter of equal rights for all.
She was an active homemaker, participating in the KU University Women’s Club, bowling leagues and various bridge groups. 

She was a member of the Kaw Valley Quilt Guild and was an amazing quilter who won prizes for her beautiful quilts.

Nola was married to Calder M. Pickett on March 20, 1947, in Ogden, Utah.  He survives at Neuvant House.

Other survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Zeligman, of Overland Park and Kathleen Jenson, of Chicago; two grandchildren; Laura Zeligman of Chicago and Daniel Zeligman of Los Angeles. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Audio Reader.  Memorials may be sent in care of the mortuary.

The family will greet friends an hour prior to services at the mortuary.

15 Condolences

  1. Janine Renberg on March 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

    My memories of Aunt Nola include her warm smile and contagious laugh! Such a beautiful lady!!

  2. Tony Moeller on March 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Our condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss.

  3. Stacey Rodina on March 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    What an amazing woman. Wishing you all peace in this difficult time and moments of grace while you celebrate her life. Love you Carolyn!

  4. Pamela Hofmann on March 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Carolyn, Sending our love and strength to you and your family at this time. In knowing you, I know your Mom was a great woman herself and will be missed by many. Stay strong and have peace knowing she lived a great life. Miss you.
    Pam, Mark, Adam and Alex from across the miles.

  5. Julianne Sherinian on March 13, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    To Uncle Calder and family:
    Bob and I send our deepest sympathy at this time. Aunt Nola was a lovely, gracious lady. I so admired her quilting skills and loved the few times we were able to visit and enjoy her lovely quilts.

  6. Chuck and Betsy Wilson MARVIN on March 14, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Condolences to Calder and other family members upon Nola’s passing. She will be sorely missed.

  7. Judith Galas on March 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I was just becoming interested in quilting when I met Nola in the 1980s. She shared a few things I remember still. First she told me she always had at least three quilts going at the same time–one on the quilting frame, one being cut out, and one she was piecing. She also shared a favorite project that grew from her visit to London, possibly when she and Calder were on sabbatical. She was so intrigued by the tile patterns in the floor at the Albert and Victoria Museum that she was replicating those patterns into a quilt.

    I was surprised to read Nola had died, because just last week I was thinking of her and wondering how many more quilts she would have made if she had had rotary cutters and so many of today’s faster techniques.

    May the quilts she left behind bring you joy and dear memories.

    Judith Galas

  8. Gregg Ottinger on March 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Some of the earliest — and fondest — memories of my life are of Nola, Calder, Carolyn and Kathy, who were my parents’ friends and neighbors in Lawrence, dating from when I was born. We moved from Lawrence, but the friendship remained strong. The last time I saw Nola and Calder was a couple of years ago, when they made a special trip to St. Joseph, to see an art exhibit of my father’s paintings. What a treat it was to see them! They were in their late 80s, but as warm, kind, classy and intellectually engaging as ever. Calder, Carolyn and Kathy, you have my sincere and heartfelt condolences, but please know that Nola helped to generate many, many fond and happy memories that live on. My life is richer for knowing Nola and all the Picketts.

    I am sorry I will be unable to attend the memorial services, but my thoughts will be with you.

  9. Rebekah Kurz on March 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I count myself lucky to have met someone as sweet & funny as Nola Pickett. I know she’s showing them how she quilts so beautifully in heaven.

  10. Judy Henry on March 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss; my heart goes out to you, Dr. Pickett, and to Carolyn. Que Dios les bendiga a todos.

  11. Tim Scott on March 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Aunt Nola was a wonderful and gracious lady. We loved every minute that we were able to spend with her. She will be missed. Our prayers are with all of you at this time.

  12. Tim and Kathy Bengtson on March 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Kathy and I are saddened to learn of Nola’s passing. She was an extraordinary human being. She made the world a better place. No one had a better outlook on life. We cannot remember a time–not one–when she did not have a warm smile. There is a lesson there for the rest of us. We remember fondly her kindness and love for everyone, including new members to the J-School family. She always wanted to know what the other person was doing. The third thing we remember is her deep and abiding affection for her family. That was always evident. As we will miss Nola for these and other reasons, we take solace in knowing that her legacy for being positive, loving others and putting family first will live on in others she has touched, and she touched many. In that real sense, Nola will continue to live. God bless Calder and his family.

  13. Chris and Larry Day on March 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

    We revere a friendship that extended across the decades and across the miles–from the 1940s in Cache Valley, Utah, to Lawrence Kansas. We hold those memories with gratitude and hope. Thanks Nola.

    Larry and Chris Day

  14. Rick Ruiz Schwebel on March 19, 2013 at 4:03 am

    To the family : my sincere condolences.
    There is no greater pain than the death of a loved one.
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    Jehovah God helps us with this in His Word,
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    shows His love for us through the ransom sacrifice
    of His beloved son Jesus Christ. What a wonderful gift to be given !
    Then the hope of seeing our loved ones again
    on this earth, transformed into a paradise. The Bible tells us
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  15. Carrie Heim on March 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Your sad news reached me today. Calder, my memories of visits with you and Nola over the years are warm. And I especially remember the exquisite quilts she would bring out. At this time, I wish you peace and strength.

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