Gladys Nickel McFarlin

Gladys Nickel McFarlin

Gladys Nickel McFarlin, age 96, of Fordtran, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020. She was a former resident of Refugio.

She was born June 15, 1923, in Fordtran to Sidney and Sally Stevens Fudge.

She was devoted to Christ and his church. She loved her family, friends, neighbors and loved sharing the bounty from her garden and delicious home cooked meals. Tamales and hot rolls were two of her specialties. She was a hard worker at home, in the fields and the garden. She had a difficult time adjusting to not being able to work. She always wanted to help. She loved to play games and was always ready to play.

Survivors: daughters, Winona Balch (Nolan) of Fordtran and Jan Hall (Jim) of Gatesville; step-daughter, Wanda Spencer (Kenneth) of Houston; sons, Winston Nickel (Nona) of Granbury and Richard Nickel (Renee’) of Mullen; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; sister, Bonnie Linsley of Brownwood; and brother, Bobby Fudge (Betty) of Victoria.

Preceded in death by: parents; husbands, Welton Nickel and George McFarlin; sister, Bernice Carroll; brother, Lonnie Fudge; granddaughter, Dr. Debra Fox.

A family graveside service was held at Fordtran Cemetery.

Pallbearers: James Hall, Justin Hall, Danny Balch, Daniel Balch, Dylan Balch, Emily Nickel and Carissa Nickel.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of South Texas.

Online guest book may be signed at

Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home 361-293-5656.

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