Marlys Sue (Spade) Nimtz


Marlys Sue (Spade) Nimtz of Lenexa, KS passed away May 28, 2020 at the age of 79 quietly at home with family after bravely fighting the ravages of Parkinson’s Disease for 7 years. Born in Cherokee, Iowa on October 25, 1940 to James Spade and Pearl (Jenkins) she grew up and spent her elementary, high school and college educations in Iowa.  She met her husband Scott H. Nimtz in Des Moines, Iowa and they were married on Valentine’s Day in 1970.

Throughout her 50 plus marriage to Scott, she gamely worked to reestablish a home for her family in various cities across the country because of transfers required by Scott’s employer(s). All of it with her own career as an executive secretary, being an active, loving mother, loving, devoted wife and homemaker.

Marlys was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband and 3 children, J Cameron (Ziva) Goshen, Indiana, Michael S.(Heather) Bridgman, Michigan, Sean H.(Fumiko) Olathe, Kansas, 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful to the devoted nurses and staff of the Hospice of Olathe Medical Center for their compassion and loving care during Marlys’s last weeks.


A private ceremony will be held in Ames, Iowa next to her parents at a future date. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers or gifts, a memorial donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation or one of your choosing may be made in Marlys’s name.


  1. Cathie Peterson on June 4, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Dear Scott and family,
    Our deepest sympathies and condolences to you Scott and your family. Marlys will be missed by her family and friends.

    With deepest sympathy
    Gordon and Cathie Peterson

  2. Betty Anastasio on June 4, 2020 at 10:20 am

    My dearest Marlys,
    You now are at peace and after almost seven years of friendship I have to say goodbye. During that time in many ways we became soulmates, sharing so many memories together of life before Parkinson’s disease and then being with you during your journey as that disease took more and more of your stamina and being. But you always smiled and hoped for a better day ahead. We would have shared milestone birthdays together this year, but now your 80th will be celebrated in the loving arms of our Lord. Sleep well, Maryls; your husband, family and friends miss you dearly.

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