Arts advocate, journalist and publisher Micki Stout Nellis was born October 27, 1943, in Pollard, Oklahoma, and passed away March 5, 2017, in Cleburne, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, arts advocate and community activist Alden Gilbert Nellis; her son, acupuncturist Dr. Michael Lee Fox and his husband, filmmaker Curtis Schnell of Los Angeles, California; her son, carpenter and artisan Jeffrey Mark Fox and his wife, Rachel Sims Fox of Crystal Beach, Texas; her sister, retired educator Joyce Lavine Peralta of Tucson, Arizona; her sister, retired CPA Charlcie Evelyn Farley and husband Darrel Farley of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; her grandchild, production consultant Logan Mark Fox and his wife, educator Carey Schilling Fox of Cleburne, Texas; grandchild, shipping manager Tawni Nicole Sansom and her husband, heavy equipment specialist Jaymon Sansom of Grandview, Texas; and 3 year-old great-grandchild Kayden Jay Sansom.
She was preceded in death by her father, farmer and carpenter Samuel David Stout; her mother, homemaker Bessie Beatrice Gammon Stout; her older brother, land surveyor Dearl Boyd Stout and his wife, draftswoman Wanda Mae Driskell Stout.
Micki earned a double major in microbiology and journalism from University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Her early career with Johnson & Johnson and Ralston-Purina was focused on production quality control. In the mid-1970s she and Alden operated the Iredell Lumber & Hardware store in Iredell, Texas, and launched the local newspaper Iredell Times. From 1978-1983 she concurrently published the national newspaper American Agriculture News and participated in the 1979 national Tractorcade to Washington DC.
With the arrival of personal computers, Micki and Alden launched Computer Professionals USA in Iredell which later moved to Stephenville and then Cleburne. Micki's expertise with software and operating systems assisted her clients in Bosque, Erath, Johnson, and Tarrant counties for 40 years.
Micki was a community activist in the small towns of her life. In Iredell, she helped organize and promote Frontier Days with its parade, community events, and celebrations. She was especially proud of her accomplishments in the Cleburne arts community, being one of the founding members and juggernauts of the J.N. Long Cultural Arts Complex. She donated all of her time during the last three years of her life to the J.N. Long complex and considered many of her very best friends to have been formed with that alliance.
Micki has chosen cremation and there are two memorial services planned. One will be at a dedication of the Micki Nellis Memorial Iris Garden at the J.N. Long Cultural Arts Complex in Cleburne, currently scheduled for April 2017 during the iris bloom. The other will be at the Nellis Family Reunion over the July 4 weekend in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Published on March 8, 2017