Funeral services for Catherine Lucille Nichols, 90, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 am Thursday at Stull United Methodist Church, Stull. Burial will follow in Stull Cemetery. She died November 9, 2014, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
Mrs. Nichols was born August 19, 1924 in Warrensburg, MO, the daughter of Arthur and Vida Lunn Baile. She attended College High School in Warrensburg and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1946.
She married Raymond T. Nichols of Stull, October 6, 1946. He preceeded her in death. She was a homemaker till her death.
Mrs. Nichols joined the Stull United Methodist Church in 1946 and was a long-time member of the United Methodist Women’s Organization. She was a charter member of the Stull FCE unit that started in 1950. She worked with the 4-H and church Youth Fellowship for many years. She enjoyed traveling around the world with her husband and loved to garden.
Survivors include two brothers, Charles Baile, Warrensburg, MO, and Richard Baile, Houston, TX; her children David T. Nichols and Virginia A. Nichols, both of Lawrence, KS.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Nichols will lie in state from 9 am to 8 pm Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Stull United Methodist Church, or to the Stull United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 1596 E. 250 Rd., Lecompton, KS, 66050, or sent in care of the funeral home.
Messages & Condolences
David and Virginia our thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of your mother. We will always have fond memories of Catherine and Raymond; they rented us their house before they moved into it in the 70’s. When we moved to Oklahoma they came to visit us, and any time we were in Lawrence we tried to see them. Last time we stopped in Stull your father had passed and we, as always, had a very nice visit with your mother. So now we just feel that they’re back together as they should be, and we will never forget what wonderful people they were.
I am so sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. I have many fond memories of her through 4H, church, and the Stull community. Even though she often seemed to be in such a titter about things, I think she was really very much in control. Besides cooking and baking, Catherin taught me a great life lesson which I’ve used through all my years of teaching. We were rather a rowdy bunch in the cooking class. On one day, I remember Phyllis Houk asked Catherine how she could stand such behavior. Catherine didn’t even blink. She just said, “sometimes it’s just easier to laugh with them -then get on with business.” Many times that comment has saved my sanity and helped me guide my class to be successful. Catherine was a kind, giving, and loving person who lead by example. She will be missed.
so sorry for your loss Virginia and David. Altho we didn’t see much of each other, your mom sent obits etc. of the family. Catherine and I went way back as you would surmise!! your grandparents came to visit my aunt and Uncle when I was there and Catherine and I visited almost all day. way back when she had just gotten out of school. now that goes a long way doesn’t it??? she was fun to talk to and last time I saw her was in Neu clinic where she was having PT on her legs.
a relative–Joan Stevenson
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