OBITUARY - DELTA LAVINA (JOHNSTON) NICHOLS
Delta Lavina NICHOLS, 95, of Gravity, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000 in Clarinda. She was born February 23, 1905 in the
Tingley, Iowa area, the daughter of Poe JOHNSTON and Lula DICKENS JOHNSTON. Delta grew up attending rural schools. Due to
her mother's poor health, Delta was needed to care for her family which included her six brothers. She also worked outside
the home for anyone else who needed help.
On November 27, 1929 she was united in marriage to George Rolland "Roll" NICHOLS. Roll and Delta farmed together for many
years. Delta was known as a true farmer's helping hand. Whether it was fieldwork or choring, she could always be found by
her husband's side.
Delta helped to start the Tingley meal site. She had worked for the Ringgold County Hospital for many years doing anything
she could to help. She later worked for Contel Telephone Company as a switchboard operator. After Roll's death in 1979,
she moved to Gravity and lived with her daughter Vera until her death.
Delta had always wanted to be a nurse and was known to help people anyway she could. She enjoyed being where the action
was, as long as it included being around people. She enjoyed shopping and cooking. She could cook or bake just about
anything. During the Christmas holidays she enjoyed making candy (her favorite) and would always share food and candy
with those who couldn't cook for themselves. Delta always put others ahead of herself. She thoroughly enjoyed her
grandchildren, great-grandchildren and later her great-great-grandchildren. Delta always had a story to share and enjoyed
many years of telling them. She attended the Wishard Chapel Church located between Mount Ayr and Tingley for many years.
Delta is survived by her daughter Vera DUNCAN of Gravity; a step-daughter Ellen FOSTER of Florida; one grandchild, four
great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Poe and Lula; her husband Roll in 1979; six brothers: Dee, Forest, Roy, Harold,
Guy and Ivan; a sister Ruth at infancy; one granddaughter Connie BEELER; and two great-grandchildren, Jerry and Craig.
Funeral services for Delta were held Friday, April 7, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa
with Pastor Tracey CHAMBERLIN and Pastor Ted DeHASS officiating.
Interment was held in the Rose Hill Cemetery of Mount Ayr.
Memorials may be directed to the Tingley or Bedford meal sites.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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