age 81, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2012 at Odyssey Hospice in Conroe, Texas. She was born on August 22, 1931 in Conroe, Texas to Ida Jane and Bess Burl Johnson. Joy was a lifetime resident of Montgomery County Texas, where she graduated from Conroe High School. On March 2, 1951, she married the love of her life, Dan C. Nichols, and they raised two sons. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a beautiful, loving, and devoted Christian wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Joy and Dan were longtime members of Mims Memorial Baptist Church of Conroe before they moved to Montgomery, where they became members of Union Grove Baptist Church. They assisted in the building of the new church, which was completed in 2005, and she continued to be an active member there until her death.
Joy is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Runnels. She is survived by her husband, Dan C. Nichols; sister, Nell Takacs; brother, B. B. Johnson; sons, Lloyd S. Nichols and Randall K. Nichols; daughter-in-law, Karen L. (Masterson) Nichols; grandchildren, April L. Woodburn, Rachel Donald, Lauren Gottlieb, and Brandon and Kevin Nichols; great-grandchildren, Lily and Michael Woodburn and John J. Donald; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom were very dear to her.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family at Union Grove Baptist Church, Hwy 149, Richards, Texas on Monday, November 19, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Members of the church will serve lunch for family and friends from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. The funeral service celebrating her life will be held the same day at Union Grove Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. B.J. Lynch officiating and Pastor Sal Ramos performing music in tribute. Graveside services will follow at Poole Cemetery on Hwy 149.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Conroe Regional Hospital and Odyssey Hospice for the love and care given to Joy during her recent illness. God bless all of you for your kindness and dedication to providing excellent care. Those wishing to post tributes to the family may do so at www.eickenhorstfuneral.com.