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Vurlin Rose (Gosnell) Nivens

May 21, 1928 ~ September 10, 2022 (age 94)


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Vurlin Rose Nivens, age 94, of Kendallville, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Orchard Point in Kendallville. Mrs. Nivens was born in Elwood, Indiana on May 21, 1928 to the late Lestes Armitte Gosnell and Lillian Fern (King) Gosnell. Rose graduated from Alexandria High School in 1946. She married John Parker Nivens on September 20, 1952 in Rossville, Georgia and he preceded her in death in March of 2001. Rose was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Kendallville. In the past, she was also a member of the Kendallville Moose, Eagles and Elks Lodges and the V.F.W Post 2749. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Kendallville Lodge #122 where she served as Worthy Matron. She also was a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and served as Worthy High Priestess. 

Survivors include:
Daughter, Marina and Jack Goss of Hamilton, Ohio.
Daughter, Jonnee Ensley of Sylvan Lake, Rome City.
Daughter, Tami and Joe Parks of Kendallville.
Son, Les and Andrea Nivens of Sylvan Lake, Rome City.
Stepdaughter, Sonja Nivens McCord of Elwood, Indiana.
Grandchildren, Joel (Kim) Goss of Fort Wayne; Emily Goss (Ben) Magnuson of New York City, New York; Jacob (Jocelyn) Ensley of Fort Wayne; Morgan Parks (Bryce) Ehret of Kendallville; Seth Parks of Kendallville; Estella Nivens, Elaina Nivens and Eleanor Nivens all of Sylvan Lake, Rome City. 
Seven great grandchildren. 
Sister, Arvona Marlene (Gosnell) Merrell of Alexandria, Indiana.
Three nieces and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Parker Nivens in 2001; and a brother, Lestes Armitte Gosnell, Jr. in 2005; stepdaughter, Linda Nivens Farr in 1971; son-in-law, Dale Harmeyer in 2018.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 12:00 noon at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville with Pastor Mike Albaugh officiating. 
Visitation will be held Thursday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM prior to the service.
Burial will follow at Knights of Pythias & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Frankton.
Memorial donations may made to the donor’s choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home. 

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September 15, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, IN 46755

Funeral Service
September 15, 2022

12:00 PM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, IN 46755

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