Ruth Ernst Nichols - A woman of integrity, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, left us to be with God at the age of 89, in Clemson, S.C., on June 12, 2013. She is now in heaven dancing the jitterbug with the love of her life, Lew Nichols.
Ruth was born in Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from high school in Philadelphia and from college at Penn State University
in 1944, with a degree in teaching. She was president of the Chi Omega sorority at Penn State.
Ruth married her life's partner, James Lewis Nichols, in 1945. They celebrated 44 years together before his passing in 1990. Ruth and Lew lived in Midland for 26 years while Lew worked for The Dow Chemical Co. and they raised three children together in a loving home. They spent their last four Dow years living in Hong Kong and often spoke of how that opportunity to live abroad and travel was such a wonderful, shared experience for them.
Ruth enjoyed singing and playing the piano and was always an active member of church choir as well as the Koraliers Singing Group at Keowee Key, S.C. She taught Sunday School for many years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, and at University Lutheran Church in Clemson, S.C., where she was also active in the WELCA Women's Organization, Hilltoppers retiree group and adult bible study. At the age of 56, while living in Hong Kong, she took up oriental painting and created some beautiful art. Ruth loved dancing, water sports, golf, bridge, trees, birds and gardens and Carolina blue skies. In her later years, Ruth loved doing crossword puzzles on a daily basis.
Ruth lived her life with love and dignity. She was sweet, kind, devout and loved to laugh. She always had a kind word about everyone she met. She was a generous daughter, mother and grandmother. She gave unconditional love in raising her three children and later as a grandmother to her nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her two sons, James (Freda) Nichols of Florida and Robert (Cris) Nichols of Michigan and daughter, Barbara (Jim) Dutrow of S.C.; her grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. She will be missed in so many ways, but will always hold a special place in our hearts. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Anna Ernst; her loving husband, Lew Nichols; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Toni Ernst and Bob and Doris Ernst; and granddaughter, Stacy Lewis.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday June 15, 2013, at University Lutheran Church in Clemson. There will be a visitation following the service with the family. Interment will take place at Midland Memorial Gardens in Midland, at a later date.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com
, or in person following the service at University Lutheran Church. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the University Lutheran Church of Clemson, 111 Sloan St., Clemson, SC 29631, or
, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621. Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, is assisting the family.