Helen McCarrell

Helen J. "Nickie" McCarrell

Thursday, December 7th, 1922 - Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
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Helen Jean Nicholas McCarrell, “Nickie” to family and friends, 97, of Lancaster, PA, formerly of Colts Neck, NJ, died at home on November 18th, 2020.
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1922, Helen was a daughter of the late Harry and Gladys (MacLeod) Nicholas.
Helen attended Oak Park High School in Chicago and then Wheaton College, where she met her husband, James G. McCarrell. When James took a job as a chemist at Bell Laboratories, the couple moved to Colts Neck, NJ. There they raised their family and were active members of Lincroft Bible Church. Over the years, Jim and Helen’s home provided hospitality to numerous friends, relatives, and church guests — Helen’s Sunday dinners were not to be missed. In addition to cooking and making sure everyone around her was well fed, Helen took enjoyment in sewing, reading, and traveling—Moosehead Lake in Maine and the Jersey shore were two of her favorite spots.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Margaret Rigsby, her husband, and her son, Peter Allen McCarrell. She is survived by three daughters: Mary Jo McCarrell of Lancaster, Beth Ann Petroff, wife of David, of Clarksburg, NJ, and Jeanne Marie Jackson, wife of David, of Lancaster; and eight grandchildren: Hannah, Emily, Nicholas, Grace, Margaret, William, Charlotte, and Peter.
Always someone who took care of those around her and thought little of herself, Helen was cared for in her later years by her daughters and grandchildren, each of whom counts it a joy to have spent this season with her. Already sorely missed, she will be remembered for her matter-of-fact, cheerful disposition, her wry sense of humor, and most of all, her uncomplaining spirit.
Funeral services will be held for family only on Saturday, November 21st at the Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home, 145 W. Main St., New Holland PA 17557 officiated by Pastor Doug Bozung of Christian Fellowship Church, where Helen attended. Interment will take place privately in Darien, IL. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pacific Garden Mission (; 1458 South Canal St., Chicago, IL 60607) or to The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry (
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    Claredon Hills Cemetery
    6900 Cass Ave.
    DARIEN, IL 60561
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Peggy Stewart

Posted at 10:08pm
Dear Mary Jo, Beth and Jeannie,
We were thinking of you today. Our family plot is filling up but we have much to look forward to at our grand reunion. I remember your house in Wheaton ( the ladies that bought the house from your folks moved to Michigan and attended our church ) and a visit to Colts Neck as well. Always enjoyed times with your folks - though few and far between - they always made us feel welcomed and loved. We send our love and prayers. Dean and Peggy

Michael Ferrell

Posted at 07:47am
To Beth, Mary Jo and Jeannie, Thoughts and prayers for you at this time to comfort you and bring memories of the warm and happy times with your mom. I remember her, and how pleasant she was, and how she was able to always make people feel welcome at church and when visiting your home. She often surprised me with her quiet funny comments and laugh. The way she and your father welcomed us to Lincroft Bible Church is one of the reasons we joined. A remarkable woman, who we are blessed and grace to have know.

Linda Mansfield Sizemore

Posted at 11:49am
Dear Mary Jo, Beth, and Jeannie, I remember Nikkie and Jim McCarrell so well! I was a new believer in 1977. I met them at Lincroft Bible Church. And there I was introduced to their wonderful hospitality through the Meet and Greet fellowships on Sunday evenings. They were warm, humble, upright people with a dry sense of humor. I was blessed to be included in your family's circle for a time.
May the memories you shared as you cared for your mom these last years help to lighten the cloak of mourning. We know that she with your father and other relatives are sharing in the light and joy of our Saviour now. Blessing to you as you remember a life well-lived.

Linda Mansfield Sizemore

Brother Erik

Posted at 12:39pm
Dear McCarrell family,
Our deepest condolences as you are grappling with your loss. Please know that we earnestly think and pray for those whom have lost loved ones. This loss is not natural, nor is it part of God's original purpose. Nickie is now in the safest possible place and waits to say the words at 1 Corinthians 15:55 "Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?" Trust that your pain is not overlooked and that we all look forward to a time when death will be no more. (Revelation 21:4) The scriptures have been provided to give comfort and show us what Gods loving plan is for those who enter rest. Take peace. For comfort from the Bible, please visit

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