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Barbara Ann Nickerson

Posted By obits On July 15, 2020 @ 3:57 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries,Outer Banks | 23 Comments

Barbara Ann (Aylward) Nickerson, 64, of Harbinger, NC died Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Barbara was born on January 29, 1956 to the late Thomas J. and Phyllis T. (Cunningham) Aylward. She grew up in Melrose, MA as the third of eleven children.

Barbara served her country honorably in the United States Navy for 12 years stationed in Hawaii, Egypt, Philadelphia, and New York. She worked for 20 years as a media assistant in the library for the Chesapeake, VA elementary schools. Barbara experienced great joy teaching and caring for the children.

Barbara was a dedicated and faithful parishioner of Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk, NC where she was the Religious Education Coordinator and a Eucharistic Minister.

Barbara’s favorite place was at the seashore no matter where she lived. Barbara had an infectious sense of humor and shared it with all who were fortunate enough to cross her path. Above all, Barbara cherished time spent with her family near and far.

Barbara is survived by her devoted husband of 28 years, Jay Nickerson; son, Patrick Nickerson (Rachel); and granddaughter, Eden Grace. Also, surviving are three sisters, Joanne Miller (Russell), Jeanne Aylward, and Christina Tiernan (Sean); five brothers, Stephen Aylward (Marion), Peter Aylward (Sandra), Paul Aylward, Michael Aylward, Phillip Aylward (Giselle); and a brother-in-law, Kevin Keohan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Keohan and Patricia Ralston.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church, 301 West Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk, NC, officiated by Rev. Dr. William F. Walsh, osfs. Viewing will be in the church starting at 10:00 a.m. prior to the Mass of Resurrection.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Barbara’s honor to Creative Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, 4711 S Croatan Highway #2, Nags Head NC 27959.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Audrey Curles on July 15th, 2020 5:37 pm

My condolences to the family. Both of my children attend Faith Formations at Holy Redeemer and Barbara was always so friendly to us.

Condolence from Mimi Tolman on July 15th, 2020 5:58 pm

Jay, Boyd and I are saddened by Barbs passing. How will I ever do a parish picnic without her skills, knowledge, craft skills and above all her precious friendship. I have loved being her friend. You and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Jon & Padmakshi O’Neil on July 15th, 2020 7:09 pm

We are very sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing, please accept our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Susan on July 15th, 2020 7:42 pm

There are no words to describe how broken hearted we are over losing such a cherished friend. Our lives were so much better that Barb was part of it. She touched our hearts and soul like no other. The memories of all the good times and the millions of laughs will be sure to forever bring us comfort. Jay Patrick and Rachel we love you so very much. God bless Love Susan and Jase

Condolence from Jane Trout on July 15th, 2020 8:22 pm

Dear Jay, Patrick and Rachael and al of Barbie’s loved ones..
My deepest and sincerest sympathies to you all/ I have known Barbie through our chaplet group at church for several years and she was a beautiful lady. She was the most loving and giving person. to anyone who needed anything from a hug to a ride to a special book or information. Nothing was ever too much trouble for our Barbie. I loved her dearly and will never forget her. We will all miss her presence–for she was a mighty one.
My heart goes out to little Eden Grace that she will not grow up with Barbie as her grandmother. She was so excited to welcome Eden into the world. You will all forever be in my prayers. I am so heartbroken for you all. All the love I had for Barbie I extend to all of you. May your beautiful memories help you through this sorrowful time.

Condolence from Divine Mercy Family on July 15th, 2020 8:32 pm

On behalf of the Divine Mercy chaplet group of Holy Redeemer please accept our heartfelt condolences. Barbie was a special person who we al loved and adored. she was a devoted member of our Divine Mercy family.
Our hearts are broken just thinking of her absence from our prayer group. She had strong fait that we all admired and strive to achieve from her inspiring example. She will forever be remembered and held in prayer by all of us. Today at 3 PM we all stopped and said the chaplet for our Barbie. We are keeping all of you who loved her i our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Michael on July 15th, 2020 8:59 pm

And He will raise you up on Angels wings!
Love you Barb!
your brother Michael

Condolence from Deb Bauer and Andrew Gyourko on July 15th, 2020 9:24 pm

Please extend our sincere condolences to Jay and his family for the loss of Barbara. She was a wonderful, welcoming neighbor, and consistently brought joy to others. We are grateful to have known her. She will surely be missed.

Condolence from Jimmy Morrison on July 15th, 2020 10:00 pm

My sincerest condolences to the Aylward and Nickerson families. I didn’t know Barbara, but growing up in Melrose in the 70s and 80s, I sat across the aisle from them at the Incarnation’s 10 o’clock mass, went to school with them and got to know more than a few Aylwards to varying degrees. There is a philosophic, pious, kind-hearted and warrior-like thread that runs through the family’s DNA. It draws good people near and frightens the rest. Everyone reading this will know exactly what I mean. It is a shame to lose any of them, especially one so young. My very best to you all.

Condolence from Michelle on July 16th, 2020 9:25 am

She was a wonderful woman and I will strive to be like her. Her kindness radiated and filled the room she was in everytime I saw her. My prayer are with her family and I know she was embraced by God with open arms. God bless you all.

Condolence from Kathy and Jimmy Temple on July 16th, 2020 10:04 am

We are so sorry for the loss of Barbara. May the lord be with your family during this hard time.

Condolence from CJ on July 16th, 2020 10:28 am

I am so heartbroken that we lost a great lady. My condolences go out to all the family members and friends. She is at peace wrapped in God’s warm embrace.

Condolence from Regina Dufresne on July 16th, 2020 12:43 pm

Barb was a light for the children and staff at Deep Creek Central Elementary, and will be another light up in heaven. My deep condolences to the family for your loss.

Condolence from Leslie Erickson on July 16th, 2020 1:33 pm

I am so heartbroken to hear of Barbara’s passing. Gone too soon. She was such a wonderful Faith Formation leader: kind, funny, energetic, organized, loving- all the things that make a great teacher and leader. She had such presence and will leave a huge hole. Many hugs and continued prayers to the family.

Condolence from Debbie on July 16th, 2020 1:39 pm

Our hearts are breaking for you and Patrick. Barb was an angel who was loved by so many. Chris, Kyle, Morgan and I are so grateful that we were able to become your neighbors on Cassway Arch. We cherish the memories and we love you all!

Condolence from Raasio family on July 16th, 2020 5:53 pm

Our family sends our sincerest condolences for your loss . We met through our sons, and Gina also knew Ms. Barbara from Grassfield Elementary. Our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Peter Aylward on July 16th, 2020 7:04 pm

You were an inspirational sister! Kind, compassionate, generous, courageous, and caring you were loved by so many. You practiced your faith through your daily kindness and thoughtful prayers. You were a rock during Mary’s long, heart wrenching and grueling battle with pancreatic cancer.
You were amazing!! You were fearless!! Your joyful countenance and warrior spirit were uplifting to all. You inspired and encouraged us through your devotion to our Heavenly Father, His Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his Holy Mother Mary – our Lady of Fatima praying the rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy…a lasting legacy that will endure through our children for generations.
We were so lucky and fortunate to have been given the multitude of gifts the good Lord blessed us with especially our families and friends. Wonderful memories over the years of being with you will keep smiles on our faces, laughter in our hearts and the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior in our souls
I will miss your laughter … I will miss fishing with you…I will miss dancing with you …you had a wicked awesome, soulful, funky, groovy swing.
With all my love.
Your little brother,
Pete #4

Condolence from Rickey D. Jamieson Command Master Chief USN (Ret) on July 17th, 2020 5:01 pm

Condolences from your Maine family. As a new Command Senior Chief reporting for Duty at the Sperry plant in Ronkonkma, NY, I had the perk of having my first Yeoman to take care of my paperwork. As luck would have it was YN2 Aylward who greeted me on my first day. From that day forward, she became my “right hand man” and part of not only my Navy family but also the Jamieson family. She always made sure I had a toasted blueberry muffin with butter from the Frog Pond Deli, helped with the craziness that happened on a daily basis , and taking charge of our first ever Command Navy Ball. We dressed up in our Navy Blues and went around town collecting donations for door prizes and no one who attended will ever forget her greatest prize from a famous duck carving gallery. I know you are thinking Duck Decoy but she came out with a black and white sheep lawn ornament with one broken leg! We laughed till we cried and sailors actually fought over that prize at the Ball! When Jay showed up for duty, I interviewed him to see what his background had been and all the while I was thinking what a match for Barb. I know that in this day and age that is frowned upon but it was a kinder, gentler time back then! Anyway, with a little help from my wife Donna, history was made and who would have thought that a “cheesehead” and a Patriot would last all these years together! I still remember her hiking up her beautiful wedding dress, kicking off her shoes and dancing in the kiddie pool with all the little guys at their reception. It was wicked hot that day! I guess I have babbled on enough. We can’t make it to her funeral because of this Covid 19 mess and I can’t stop crying. Rest in peace YN2.

Condolence from Mary Radecker on July 17th, 2020 6:52 pm

To know sweet Barb was to love her, our hearts are broken with her passing. She was an Angel on earth with her compassion and everlasting kindness to all. Her infectious smile touched so many and her love for her Jay, Patrick, Rachael and granddaughter Eden Grace along with family and friends was truly a gift we were all blessed with. She loved Our Lord and her church family as well. You will always be in my heart sweet Barb and I Thank God I was fortunate enough to have been a part of your life. I love you, always Mary

Condolence from Ellen (Young) Umlah on July 20th, 2020 3:38 pm

So very sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing! God bless you and your whole family!
Love cousin Ellen (Young) Umlah XOXO

Condolence from Joanne Miller on July 21st, 2020 11:08 am

Drowning in a sea of sorrow, I find myself embracing the memory of love and understanding that my sister Barbara portrayed. Barbara will always be my hero her insight to life is inspiring. Forgiveness understanding love the list would never end, positively powerful. For now the party has moved to heaven, as she joins my sisters Mary and Patricia. Miss them all so much

Condolence from Mary Lou Cooley on July 25th, 2020 1:46 pm

Heaven just gained a beautiful person. Barbara was more than nice. She cared about everyone and everything. Jesus just welcomed her home with open arms.❤

Condolence from Susan C. Mirisola on July 28th, 2020 6:27 pm

This is such shocking news…I had no idea! And so soon after losing her sister Mary, my sister-in-law, also an incredible woman! Agreed there is something fierce, but loving and generous that runs through this family. I still remember the Alyward girls when I was a park leader in Melrose one year between college years. Their athleticism, their energy, their joyous laughter, their family bond was something to behold. I have a clear picture of Barb through the years of family gatherings together. One image particularly stands out of Barb dancing with her family at Kelly and Bruno’s wedding. I know that Barb was an incredible sister to Mary, a stalwart presence when Mary was moving through her illness and life transition. My deepest sympathy to all the Aylwards. I am so very sorry.
Sending love and strength to all.
-Susan Mirisola (Kevin Keohan’s sister.)

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