Longtime Alaska resident Lucy E. Nichols died suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at her home in Kasilof. She was 73.
Her family will hold a celebration of her life at the J-Bar-B Club, Mile 101.5, on the Sterling Highway, on Monday, Jan. 11, at 5 p.m.
Ms. Nichols was born on Nov. 3, 1936 in Whitehall, Mont., to Marjorie and Bruce S. Wert. She lived in many places throughout Montana and Alaska.
Ms. Nichols was a homemaker and enjoyed helping others. She was passionate about the humane treatment of animals and found joy in caring for several of her own. Ms. Nichols gave with an open heart to many individuals less fortunate than herself. She enjoyed gardening in the spring and summer, and always had beautiful flowers surrounding her home.
Ms. Nichols was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Margaret Omsberg; stepson Brent Nichols, grandson Alfred Willis, and husbands, Ray Barnes Sr. and Alfred Nichols.
Ms. Nichols is survived by her companion, Charlie Thomas of Kasilof; ex-husband Max Harrison of Washington; daughter Rose Willis of Utah; son Ray Barnes and daughter-in-law Lana of Sterling; son Ron Nichols of Kasilof; son Max Harrison of Montana; stepdaughter Debi Honer and son-in-law Tom of Soldotna; brother Carl Wert of Idaho; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.
Memorials may be made in Lucy's name to the Soldotna Animal Shelter.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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