Mary Ann Nicholson

Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sterling resident Mary Ann Nicholson died Monday, April 27, 2009, in Soldotna. She was 85.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Barren Fork Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, Ark. Graveside services will follow at the Barren Fork Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. Memorial services will be held at the Sterling Baptist Church in Sterling at a later date.

Mrs. Nicholson was born Feb. 15, 1924, to Robert Ewing and Mary Olive (Shirley) Evans in Mount Pleasant. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and attended Arkansas College in Batesville.

"She married the love of her life, Duane Nicholson, in October 1945 in Pixley, Calif.," her family said.

The couple lived and worked in Pixley for approximately 39 years. After retirement in 1984, the Nicholsons moved to Sterling and built their home. He died in 1990 and she remained in Sterling.

Mrs. Nicholson held many jobs over the years, including teaching, shipyard work in Houston during World War II, telephone operator, bookkeeper and owner of a small gift and hobby shop. The couple also was busy in the United Brethren Church in Pixley, and she was a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer and held many other duties.

"Mary Ann loved the beautiful land of Alaska and enjoyed working with her flowers. She was quite the sports advocate and loved watching college and national sports events. She loved hunting in her younger years, as well as fishing," her family said.

Mrs. Nicholson was preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by her sister, Margie Spalinger of Bakersfield, Calif.; brother, J.T. Evans of Mount Pleasant; sons, Larry Nicholson and his wife, Sonya, of Sterling and Dennis Nicholson and his wife, Carolyn, of Farmington, N.M.; grandchildren, Shane and Kendra Nicholson of Sitka, Blake and Shani Nicholson of Salt Lake City, Reid and Jennifer McMillan of Morro Bay, Calif., and Morgan and Danelle Nicholson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and great-grandchildren, Ashleigh and Trenton Nicholson, of Sitka, and Hunter McMillan of Morro Bay.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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