Midori T. (Towatari) NicelyFebruary 10, 1936 ~ November 4, 2017 (age 81)
Midori T. Nicely, age 81, of Wauseon passed away peacefully Saturday night, November 4, 2017, at the Kobacker House of Columbus. She was surrounded by her family and joined her husband peacefully while listening to her favorite songs. Midori was born in Taichuu Muho, Taiwan, on February 10, 1936. She was the eldest of three children born to the late Kenji Towatari and Toshiko (Oga) Towatari. Midori met her husband, the late William Nicely, while he was stationed in Japan and serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. They were married on August 28, 1970 and shared 44 years together until his passing on January 4, 2015. Prior to marrying, Midori worked for the U.S. Air Force for sixteen years, working in the Intelligence Office for two years, despite not having security clearance. Following this position, she worked as a secretary to the Air Force Base Commanding Officer, Captain Harry League. She loved working for the U.S. Air Force while her husband served his country. Upon resigning from her position, Midori was granted the Base’s Sustained Superior Performance Award, something that she was quite proud of. Midori enjoyed doing Japanese needlework and received numerous awards at the Fulton County Fair, most recently receiving Overall Best of Show on her latest piece. In addition to Japanese needlework and crocheting, other hobbies included gardening, cooking and vacationing with her four grandchildren. She is survived by her son, Ken (Debbie) Nicely of Geneva, IL; daughter, Debbie Nicely of Dublin, OH; sister, Hideko (Towatari) Nishiyama; brother, Keichi Towatari; grandchildren, Evan, Kyle, Nathan and Kaitlyn Nicely; special friends, Becky and Andy Stidham; as well as loving family members, neighbors and friends. Friends will be received from 10:00 AM -11:00 AM on Monday, November 20, 2017 at Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St. Hwy. 109 in Delta; with a memorial service celebrating Midori’s life being held at 11:00 AM on Monday at the funeral home. Pastor Teresa Wenrick will be officiating, along with Minister Joseph Hara, PhD. A private graveside service and interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with her husband. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.barnesfuneralchapel.com. To continue the gift of giving, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Kobacker House: 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214. There are not enough words to thank the staff for the care given to Midori and her family.