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By Kathy Steele
For the Courier 

Nicol Celebrates Monumental Birthday


August 23, 2017

Courtesy Photo / For the Courier

Maxine Nicol celebrated her 90th birthday on Aug. 13 with family and friends at Prairie Ridge Village. Pictured are five of her nine great-grandchildren (l to r) Lexy Partridge of Glasgow, Hannah Nicol from Columbia Falls, Maxine Nicol, Kayla Nicol from Columbia Falls and Garett and Stetson Bargmann from Dickinson, N.D.

Aug. 13, turned out to be such a wonderful day for Maxine Nicol who, along with over 140 family and friends, helped celebrate her 90th birthday at her home at Prairie Ridge Village in Glasgow. With assistance from her children: Janice Shanks (Dennis) of Nashua, Bill (Kareen) of Glasgow, Kathy Steele of Glasgow, (Greg from Minot, N.D.), Connie Culliton (Steve) of Belgrade and Bonnie Nicol from Joliet, Maxine's special day began with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren treating her to breakfast at one of Glasgow's local eateries, the Oasis.

For age 90, the theme signifies: "When I am old, I shall wear purple" so the color scheme for this celebration was purple and lime green. Upon entrance into the dining area, a special "Maxine" table was decorated and arranged with a few of her pictures from the past and other memorabilia. The atmosphere of the dining room area centered entirely around the purple/lime theme with a large purple wall banner,"Fabulous at 90," centered above the purple-covered head table of napkins, plates and decorations following the theme. Cake, punch, coffee and nuts were provided to those attending. Round tables, where family and friends enjoyed visiting, were decorated with a silver tray holding a little pair of glittery purple high heels, beads and a lime green wine glass securing helium birthday balloons.

The big treat of the afternoon was the enjoyment of dancing and singing from Dave Pippin and his band The Classics, with guest singer Lisa (Garsjo) Thievin from Scobey, who was raised in the Nashua community and whose parents, Hartvik and Agnes Garsjo, were long-time friends of George and Maxine Nicol.

Immediate family members traveling from afar included: granddaughter Shelly Nicol from Casper, Wyo.; grandson Shane Nicol, his wife, Alyssa, and their daughters, Hannah and Kayla of Columbia Falls; granddaughter Janelle (Shanks) Bargmann, her husband Troy, and their sons, Garrett and Stetson from Dickinson, N.D; granddaughter Joy (Steele) Partridge of Glendive and her daughter, Lexy Partridge of Glasgow.

Maxine was so very appreciative and thankful for the fun day she had with so many of her family, friends and the Badland Biddies Club, and her feeling so blessed receiving cards, flowers, phone calls, and hugs while helping her celebrate "just another year." It was truly a fantastic day to share.

The final conclusion of the celebration found the Nicol families outside in a circle with grandson Shane Nicol saying a prayer for George Nicol, (husband/dad/pops/gramps who passed away 2-23-17) and letting go of the many helium balloons that sailed high up into the sky, eventually meeting up with our lost, but not forgotten, loved one.


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