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Nikki McDermed

Nikki McDermed, 73, passed away on December 14, 2020 in Wichita, Kansas. Nikki Ruth (Cunningham) McDermed was born February 2, 1947, in Caldwell, KS to Percy and Clara (Skvor) Cunningham. She attended school in Caldwell, from kindergarten and graduated in 1965. She spent most of her youth with her best friend Vonya, riding horses or just hanging out.

Nikki married Bob McDermed on March 1, 1974 in Caldwell. She loved spending time with her grandkids and great-grand kids.

Nikki worked in the WSU Contollers Office for 25 plus years. Most of those years were in the Payroll Department, where she made many friends WSU campus wide.

Nikki is preceded in death by her husband Bob McDermed, parents Percy & Clara Cunningham, sister Maxine Flannery, brother Richard (Dick) Cunningham, sister-in-law Delores Cunningham and nephew Richard (Skipper) Cunningham.

She is survived by, daughter Lisa Cunningham, Wichita, sons, Ron (Kris) McDermed, Hesston, and Russ (Shelley) McDermed, Newton, grandkids, Kayla, Shelby, Kyle, Brady, Madison and Ryan; great-grand kids, Chase (her little buddy!), Chelsea and Bryson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Bentley, Kansas. Visitation with family present will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2020 at Schaeffer Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to Schaeffer Mortuary to help with funeral expenses.

Previous Condolences

Lisa and Kayla, I know i have

Jeanne Patton - 12/15/2020

Lisa and Kayla, I know i have said this already but your Mom was a rock for me at WSU always there to support me and help with any issues i had. She was a wonderful mentor and a person with a wonderful soul. I will miss my lunches with her. She now has the set of wings that she should of already here on earth. I loved Nikki she was feisty, sassy and a great woman! Please know that you are all in my prayers!

Russ and family, Please

Charlotte Nollette - 12/17/2020

Russ and family, Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your mom. May she rest in peace till you meet her again in heaven.

To Lisa and Her Family

Steve Adams - 12/17/2020

Hey Lisa, I'm sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My heart, along with thoughts and prayers, go out to you and your family in this time of loss. Find strength in each other to weather the storm.

Condolences From the Graduate School

Denise Gimlin - 12/18/2020

Nikki was a force to be reckoned with! I was terrified of her at first but after working with her for a short while realized what an incredible human she was and how all she wanted was to get things done, done right, and with the least amount of red tape. And she knew EVERYTHING! I was dealing with a problem recently and actually thought "I wish Nikki was upstairs so I could ask her - she'd know what to do!" She was the epitome of a "tough old bird", having battled through SO much. She had so much spunk... I hope I can be like her when I grow up! On behalf of the Graduate School at Wichita State, I send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Godspeed Nikki!

My condolences to the family.

Sandra Ranney - 12/18/2020

My condolences to the family. I work at WSU. Nikki was always there when you needed her. I miss our talks we would have before or after we worked out the issue. I have said many times, I wish Nikki was still here. I missed her spunk, her friendliness, and her willingness to help. May God rest her soul. Sandra Ranney Social Science Research Lab

To Nikki's family

Jama Challans - 12/18/2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Nikki's passing away. I have missed her since her retirement at WSU. She was funny, kind and quick in thought. If God gives us tasks in heaven, she is doing hers fast and well :)


Claudia Keller - 12/18/2020

Your Mom was a very good friend of mine for many, many years. She helped me more times than I can remember. She was the best and I loved her! I am so sorry to hear of her passing...The world will miss a wonderful lady....



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