WASILLA, AK - Joan Nichols, 85, passed away 1/22/16 at Mat-Su Regional after a brief illness. Joan was born November 12, 1930 in St. John New Brunswick, to Robert and Dora DeBow.
She married the love of her life, Frank Nichols 6/9/1950 and they attended Zion Bible Institute together. They lived together in Caribou, and later New Sweden, Maine for many wonderful years. After Frank's passing, Joan moved to Connecticut for a few years, and then in 2003 she settled in Wasilla as one of the first residents in the Wasilla Senior Campus apartments. She attended Wasilla Bible Church with her daughter and family, was a Vacation Bible School teacher, and helped with other childcare opportunities through the church (MOPS).
Joan loved animals and always had a pet to love and keep her company. She wrote that she believed her calling in life was to be a wife and mother because she felt so fulfilled in these roles. Her family would wholeheartedly agree with these sentiments, and would add grandmother to the list! She was a voracious reader, loved puzzles, crocheting, cross stitch, an exceptional cook, and delighted in watching birds. Throughout her life, she held a strong Christian faith.
Joan is survived by four of her children, Brenda (Bergen), Rick Nichols, Becky Nichols and Doreen (Schumacher); grandchildren, Jennifer (Teuber), Allison (Bergen), and Zachary (Bergen), Isaac (Nichols), Gus (Schumacher), and Jonas (Schumacher); and two great grandchildren, Josh and Nicholas (Teuber). She is preceded by her husband, Frank Nichols (1-2-99) and son, Philip Nichols (2-16-95).
A July Memorial service will be planned in New Sweden.