Patricia Ellen NicholsApril 1, 1921 ~ September 5, 2017 (age 96)
Patricia Ellen (Mullins) Nichols - born April 1, 1921 to John & Olga Mullins in Yakima, Washington. She was the second of the couple's six children. Her brothers and sisters were John R. Mullins, Noreen O. Trutman, Priscilla Cereghino, Marilynn McGree & Gerald E. Mullins. She had numerous nephews and nieces. Our mom was so loved by all that knew her. Patricia grew up in Yakima and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. She then attended Marylhurst College for two years. She met Alfred H. (Nicc) Nichols while she was working at The Port of Embarcation in Seattle. They were married a year later (March 2, 1946) in Philadelphia, PA when his ship - the cruiser USS Nashville - came into port for decommissioning. She was a lifelong Catholic and member of St. Francis Xavier's church and St. Monica's Guild for over fifty years. She sang in the choir and worked in the school library for many years. She was also active with the Blue Birds and Cub Scouts. She was also a member of St. Mary's Church in the Spokane Valley for several years while living in the valley during retirement.
She leaves behind four children: John Nichols and wife Penny of Spokane, David Nichols and wife Renee of Indian Wells, California, Colleen (Nichols) Simpson and Wes Simpson of Kennewick, Washington, and Tom Nichols and wife Donna of Liberty Lake, Washington. She also leaves 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren with the 21st due in January. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Heartlinks Hospice & Pallative Care, 3920 Outlook Rd., Sunnyside, WA 98944. www.heartlinkshospice.org.
So many thanks to all of the special people who were here to keep her comfortable and smiling in her final weeks. A Rosary will take place at St. Mary’s Church, Spokane Valley, September 15th at 9:00am, Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am, and burial will follow at Noon at Holy Cross Cemetery.