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Molly Nichols


1944 - 2019
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Molly Nichols

Molly Lou Folkins Nichols passed away quietly at home on November 10, 2019. She was surrounded by her devoted sons and husband.
Molly and her twin brother Michael were born March 9, 1944, in San Francisco, California. She spent her childhood in and around Santa Cruz, California, graduating from Santa Cruz High School in 1962.
Her father passed away in 1948, precipitating a period of hardship in which her mother worked two full time waitressing jobs while Molly, her three brothers, and a cousin did all they could to keep the family together and earn supplemental income. It is in this period that Molly developed her hallmark fastidious attention to cleanliness and organization and her lifelong devotion to the cleaning agent Clorox.
Always gregarious, Molly participated in women's athletics and student government during high school. She worked at Santa's Village Theme Park in Scotts Valley, California. It was there, dressed head to toe in a Santa's Elf costume, that Molly met and fell in love with Larry Nichols.
Larry and Molly were married September 10,1966. In 1974 they adopted their first son, Larry Charles Nichols Jr. Four years later they adopted a second son, Layne Michael Nichols.
The family moved to Eureka, California in 1977. Throughout the next 40 years, Molly established herself in the dentistry community of Humboldt County, teaching at the College of the Redwoods Dental Academy and working in eight different offices.
Molly pitched in Eureka Parks & Rec Women's Slow Pitch Softball League for over 30 seasons, and met her dearest lifelong friend Lorraine Smith on the field. A charismatic pitcher, Molly's always big personality was on fullest display on the pitcher's mound.
Molly was a prolific, accomplished, and generous quilter who served as an officer of the Redwood Empire Quilters Guild. Her body of work was extensive and can be found in the homes of generations of family members, friends, and their children.
Molly was a committed blood, plasma, and platelet donor with a rare combination of blood characteristics most helpful to newborn babies. In 22 years she donated 67 times to the Humboldt County Community Blood Bank.
She is preceded in death by her father Patrick Joseph Folkins Sr, mother Norma Alberta Pratt Folkins Miller, step-father George Edward Miller, brother William 'Bill' Folkins (Barbara/Myrna/
Ellie), and cousin Donna Vogel (Dutch).
She is survived by her husband Larry Charles Nichols Sr, sons Larry Charles Nichols Jr (Alyse) and Layne Michael Nichols, brothers Patrick Folkins (Sheila) and Michael Folkins (Bonnie/Anna), cousin Leonard "Dutch" Vogel (Donna), and many nieces, nephews, in-laws, dear friends and their families.
The family would like to thank St. Joseph's nurse Deborah Tomkins and social worker Gina Dusey for their timely and compassionate professionalism, and occupational therapist Jacob Libby and home health aide Laura Withers for their patient commitment to Molly's recovery and well being.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Molly's name to Project Linus, www.humprojectlinus.org
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 30th, 11:00 am at the Eureka Elk's Lodge on Herrick Avenue. All are welcome.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Nov. 17, 2019
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