The Pryor Times

December 14, 2013

Obituary- Nichols

PRYOR, OK — Funeral services for Vera M. Nichols, 87, Chouteau, are 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013,at Stephens Memorial Chapel.  Nichols’ brother Rev. Wayne Sanmann will officiate and burial will follow at Chouteau West Cemetery.

Nichols died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

Nichols was born in Geronimo, Okla. on Aug. 17, 1926 to Charles and Janie Sanmann.  Upon graduating from Lawton High School in May 1944, she rode a train to San Diego, Calif., to marry Woody Nichols on June 4, 1944.  While Woody was deployed with the Navy, she lived on base and sold War Bonds and also worked as a Navy court reporter. After World War II was over, Woody and Vera returned to Lawton and began their family.  They had a son, David in 1948 and in 1949 they had their daughter, Connie. The family took many vacations together including one road trip to Anaheim, Calif., to Disneyland when the kids were five and six years old. She was the office manager for the Bachelor’s Officer Housing Headquarters in Ft. Sill, Okla., before retiring in the early 1970’s.  After retiring, the couple traveled the United States in thei RV bus with the many friends they made in the RV Club.  They also traveled abroad.  On one trip they and their daughter Connie traveled to Paris, France and Athens, Greece. The following year they took their son David and his wife Barbara to Switzerland and Germany.  The entire family took many trout fishing trips on White River in Arkansas, and the holidays were always full of fun and laughter.  In 1980, the couple moved from Lawton, to Pryor.  There they bought their home in the Lakeland Addition on Lake Hudson so they could be closer to their kids and grandchildren, and eventually their great grandchildren.  Woody and Vera celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 1994, and shortly afterwards the family took off on another trip.  This time they all went to Holden Beach, South Carolina, where they spent a full week playing in the ocean, picking up sea shells, watching the sunsets, and everyone but Connie enjoyed eating fresh lobster.  When the family returned to Oklahoma, Woody and Nichols stopped in Atlanta where she went to an Atlanta Braves baseball game before returning home.

Nichols is survived by her son David Nichols and wife Barbara of Chouteau; daughter Connie Roberson of Tulsa; four grandchildren: Kimberly Davidson of Tulsa, Jodi Pugh and husband Greg of Papillion, Nebraska, David Bradley Nichols and wife Kerrie of Lee Summitt, Missouri and Rebecca Nichols of Chouteau;nine great-grandchildren; sister Edith Kelley of Lawton; two brothers, Wayne Sanmann and wife Joan of Perkins, Okla., and Edward Sanmann of Geronimo, Okla.,; and many nieces and nephews.

Nichols is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Woody, of 61 years; their first grandson Chuck Nichols; her parent; two sisters, Ruth West and husband Lloyd, Dorothy Cox and husband Bill; one brother-in-law Elmo Kelley; and a special niece and nephew Connie Lynn and Ricky Sanmann.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at Stephens Memorial Chapel.

The family would like to thank C&K Hospice and especially “Miss Debbie” for all the care and love that was given to Vera until the very end of her life.

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