Wilma Nickum, 96, of Kansas City, KS was born in Kansas City, KS to John M. and Anna M. Campbell. She married the late, Roy H. Nickum in 1942.
Early in her marriage she accompanied Roy on tour with the Royce Stoenner Orchestra Big Band.
Wilma assisted Roy in his photography studio as his retouch, restoration and photographic artist. She was a long time member of the Kansas Professional Photographers, Professional Photographers of America, and the American Photographic Artists Guild where she served as a teacher and judge. She was awarded the “Photographic Craftsman” and “Photographic Artists Degree” with “Laurel” from these organizations.
She was an accomplished landscape and portrait artist. In this capacity, the late Senator Harry Darby commissioned several oil-on-canvas sunflower paintings. They hung in the US congressional office, the Governor’s office, the Eisenhower Museum and other locations. A reproduction was also used as the cover of Kansas magazine and on state postcards.
Wilma was a rose tester for Jackson and Perkins. She also worked for American Academy of Family Physicians in data entry and customer service.
She is survived by her son, Roy H.Nickum Jr. (Judy), grandchildren Alicia K. Byrd (Sam), Benjamin C. Nickum (Angelina), great grandchildren, Eli & Emily Byrd and many nieces & nephews.
Celebration of Life at Overland Park Christian Church, 75th and Conser, Saturday, May 11th, 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests going outside and enjoying God’s beauty, contributions to Overland Park Christian Church or the Olathe Hospice House.