Shirley M. Nichols

Obituary
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Shirley Murdy Nichols of Los Osos passed away peacefully on Friday, August 3, 2018, after a long and productive life. Shirley was born in 1926 to Ralph Easton and Hazel Chinn Murdy. She was the younger sister of Wallace Easton. Shirley was a native Californian born in Glendale and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. Times were very tough for the family during the depression, when Ralph and Hazel lost their business and nearly every asset the family had owned. Shirley remembers her parents working long hours in Hollywood and her brother taking good care of her during that time. Those years left a lasting impression on Shirley and she participated in many years of community service feeding the homeless and helping those less fortunate. Shirley's life radically changed at sixteen when on a blind date she met the love of her life, Charles "Nick" Nichols. Within a year they were married and she began her 64 year partnership with Nick. She is predeceased by Nick and at his passing she reminded her family often how grateful she was to have had the absolute best husband! She was most proud of their 64 years together which was an adventure of military service, travel, raising a large and extended family and service to the community. Her life's work was being a mother and devoting herself to her large family of which she was always so proud: Linda Nichols, Judy Nichols (Mike Berg), Charles Russell III (Susan), Nancy Choucalas (Paul) and Laura Watson (Marc). She loved keeping up on family goings on and was frequently visited by her many grandchildren: Sarah Nichols Butz (David), Christopher Nichols (Carrie), Caleb Nichols (John Pomeroy), Christy Marvin (Chad), Charles Russell Nichols IV (Nancy), James Berg, Lucretia Samuel, Runar Samuel and Lydon Choucalas. As the next generation grew and thrived, she enjoyed all the emails, texts, face-times and photos of her great-grandchildren: Mary Elizabeth and Emmaline Butz, Theo, Finn and Ada Nichols, Grayson, Nicholas and Henry Marvin, and Annabelle and Camila Nichols and Olivia Watson. She kept in touch with extended family: her niece, Sue Wolf (Eric) and children she had cared for over the years: Emma, Grace and Jane Hotaling and Jackson Chavez. As she raised her family, Shirley also worked tirelessly supporting the community. She was Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader, PTA member, sang in the church choir and taught Sunday School sessions, ran the People's kitchen and fund raised to support many worthy causes. At the age others are thinking of retiring, Shirley's energy led to her two jobs outside the home. She worked for 16 years in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District earning an award for her dedicated service and gave over 25 years of loyal service delivering the Tribune until she retired at 86. Her work ethic was spectacular. She rarely missed a day and was proud of her longevity on the jobs. Shirley enjoyed the daily contact with both the kids at school and her Tribune customers (who still miss her). Her work in the community was a lasting legacy and the best example to her family of love through service. We will miss her ready ear to listen, her constant willingness to help and her interest in all the family "goings-on." A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Congregational Church of San Luis Obispo, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to World Vision or Compassion.
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Sept. 16, 2018