NICHOLS, CHRISTY CLARK, 86, died March 24, 2013 at the residence of Hospice of Lansing. The admirable care she received during her short time in the hospice program was a fitting finish to her five-year struggle with Alzheimer's.
Christy was born in Louisville, KY, to Edward R. and Dorothy Park Clark. She was a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College in Virginia, and received a graduate degree from Michigan State University. She taught English at East Lansing High School, Lansing Community College and MSU, and influenced the lives of hundreds of students.
When the family moved from Louisville to Michigan in 1957, Christy began serving the new community through the Junior League, the Lansing Woman's Club, Town Hall and Child and Family Services. Through these organizations, and her teaching, she made many lifelong friends who enriched her life.
Surviving are her husband of 60 years, John Irvin Nichols Jr.; three sons, John Irvin Nichols III (Alice Munro), Castle Rock, CO, Will Nichols (Pam), Alma, MI and Taylor Nichols (Marga deEguilior), Los Angeles, CA: eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Clark Welch, Louisville, KY. Christy provided her sons and grandchildren a model of intelligence, grace and humor.
A memorial service will be held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Lansing, MI, on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Lansing, 4052 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911 or Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1315 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, Lansing, MI. www.EstesLeadley.com
Published in The Courier-Journal on Mar. 29, 2013