Mary Lee Nichols

MACOMB - Mary Lee Nichols, age 81, of 1307 Meadowlark Lane, Macomb, Ill., passed away at 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

She was born on Dec. 4, 1931, in Mexico, Mo., the daughter of Kelly and Mary Turkelson Lawyer. She married Sterling "Swede" Nichols on Nov. 1, 1952, in Bardolph, Ill.

She is survived by her husband, Swede; one son, Mike (Susie) Nichols of Macomb; one daughter, Cathy (Don) McCourt of Colchester; four grandchildren, Joe (Amanda) Nichols, Kelly (Diana) Nichols, Tyler (Jessica) Nichols and Shaun McCourt; four great-grandchildren, Quinn Nichols, Jace Nichols, Easton Nichols and Jalie Nichols, and one great-grandson to be born in January 2014; two nephews, Scott Lawyer and Todd (Rachel) Lawyer; one sister-in-law, Judy Lawyer; and several cousins and great-nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister in infancy, Jean Carol Lawyer; and two brothers, Duane Lawyer and Glen Lawyer.

Mary Lee graduated from Industry High School in 1949 and graduated from St. Francis Nursing School in Macomb in 1952.

She worked as an RN for St. Francis Hospital, Dr. Adams and McDonough District Hospital. She retired in 1984.

Mary Lee lived all of her married life in the Macomb area.

She enjoyed reading, embroidery, bingo and needlework.

She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary, TOPS and Illinois Retired Nurses Association, and was a Girl Scout leader for several years.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Larry Adams officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Visitation will be held on Monday from 12 noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

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Funeral Home

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Homes and Monuments
303 East Washington Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 833-2188

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Sept. 20, 2013