Sandra K. Nichols 1935-2014

ALLIANCE – Sandra Kay “Sandy” Nichols, 78, of Alliance, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. She passed from this life the same way she lived it, with dignity and grace.

Sandra was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Muncie, Ind., the daughter of the late James and Kathryn Hillyer Moorehead, and stepmother, Jessie Moorehead.

On March 17, 1997, she married William “Bill” Nichols, the love of her life. Their marriage was one of love, devotion, nurturing and respect. Everyone who knew them was in awe of the way Bill took such good care of her.

Sandy lived in the Marion, Ind., area for 35 years and was the secretary of the Young Democrats, and helped with the Kennedy election in 1960. She also helped run the Marion License Branch. After furthering her education, she became a respiratory therapist and a pharmacy tech at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren for 30 years until her retirement.

During her life, Sandy was special to everyone who knew her. She was a genuine lady with a quick wit, a listening ear, and always greeted you with a smile. She was loved dearly by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Sandy was a prolific writer and always kept her family well connected and informed. She kept up with the times and later communicated via texting. She was an avid reader, a lifetime learner and a good listener. She enjoyed cooking, bird watching, sunny days and beautiful flowers.

Survivors include her husband, William Nichols of Alliance; two daughters, Deborah (John) Pattison of Marion, Ind., and Mary (Steven) Fode of Upland, Ind.; son, Richard (Karla) Treber of Sweetser, Ind.; two brothers, James (Pat) Moorehead of South Bend, Ind., and John Moorehead of Florida; sister, Renee (Kevin) Cox of Marion; stepchildren, Dina Smith, Darrell Nichols and William Nichols Jr., all of Alliance; grandchildren, Amber Middleton-Harris of Elwood, Dr. Rhamey (Travis) Tubbs of Gas City, Erica (Korey) Bougher of Marion, Andrea Middleton of Gas City, Cassie Treber of Gas City and Blake Pattison of Marion; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Chancellor N. Middleton, and brother, Lynn “Bud” Moorehead.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Raven-Choate Funeral Home, 1202 Kem Road, Marion, Ind. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday prior to funeral services in the funeral home.

Burial will be in Gardens of Memory, Huntington County, Ind.

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