Friday, January 2, 2015

Dorchester's Gayle Nichols Passes At 63

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at Milford Mennonite Church with Pastors Tim Springer and Doug Witzke officiating. Interment will be in the Milford Mennonite Cemetery, Milford. Visitation will be Sunday, 1-5 pm at Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Milford and from 6-8 p.m. with the family greeting relatives and friends at Milford Mennonite Church. Memorials in lieu of flowers have been established to Garden Square and Region V both of Crete.

Gayle Lynne Nichols was born Oct. 7, 1951 in Friend to Harold and Norma (Johnson) Stutzman, the first of seven children.  She was received unto the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at the Bryan Health Center in Lincoln following her courageous battle with breast cancer. As a young girl, Gayle attended Friend Public School, graduating with her class in 1969. Gayle was employed as a caregiver at the Friend Manor until her marriage to Gary Nichols on October 10, 1970 at Milford Mennonite Church. To this union five children were born: Pamela Kay, Penelope Jane, Timothy Lee, Jessica Gayle and Andrew James.

Together they made their home in Friend before moving to Dorchester in 1978. Gayle provided transportation for children with special needs to and from the Geneva Success III program for nearly 25 years. She was an avid volunteer at Garden Square in Crete for 16 years where she played gospel music on her accordion.

Gayle was a loving mother and wife, an excellent cook and was always a supporter of her family whenever needed. She was faithful, compassionate, patient, giving and loving caregiver to all members of her family and friends.

She was baptized at Milford Mennonite Church and attended Cornerstone Bible Church in Crete for the last 20 years. Gayle loved her Lord and was a wonderful example of Christlikeness.

Gayle is survived by her husband, Gary, Dorchester, her children and spouses, Pamela and James Goddard, Longmont, CO, Penelope “Penny” Keller, Dorchester, Timothy Nichols, Dorchester, Jessica and Cyrill “Bob” Kovar, Omaha, Andrew and Bethany Nichols, Pickrell; seven grandchildren, Jordan Keller, Tyler Goddard, Jacob Keller, Hannah, Haley, Haidyn, and Huntley Nichols; mother, Norma Stutzman; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mark and Gretta Stutzman, Friend, Dave and Shane Stutzman, Friend, Jack and Chris Stutzman, Friend, Harve and Mary Stutzman, Milford; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and Brad Stauffer, Milford, Lisa and Chris Wells, Friend; sister-in-law, Charlene Nichols, Ephrata, PA; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her father, Harold Stutzman; and parents-in-law, Charles and Macie Nichols.

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