Patricia Louise Nichols

Patricia Louise Nichols

Patricia Louise Nichols passed away, peacefully at her home on April 22, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Patricia was born May 23, 1947 in Algona, Washington, the farming community where her mother was raised.

Pat was preceded in death by her mother Arlene Ader of Newport, Pat’s dear husband, Paul Nichols, and her son, Joe Nichols. She is survived by her sons, Jeff (and Marianne) Nichols, Newport; John (and Aimee) Nichols, Spokane; daughter-in-law Meg Nichols of Honolulu; grandchildren Hayley Nichols (Boston), Sydney Nichols (Ketchikan), their mother, Dawn Nichols of Ketchikan, Luke Nichols and Cody Nichols (Newport), Cassandra Emtman, Spokane; Justin Hormel, Spokane; and Isaac Gilcrest, Spokane. Patty is also survived by her sisters Sharon Svasti Salee (Denver), Bonnie Jones (Larry Reichert), Newport; Jeri Shining (and Jim), Spokane; brothers Wes Jones, Spokane, also Bob Ader of Spokane, and her dad Glenn Ader of Newport along with nieces and nephews from shore to shore.

Pat fortunately (or not) was born into a family that relocated often, as her father worked as a government contractor. From early on in her childhood she, her older sister Sharon, mom Arlene Fancher Jones Ader and dad Wesley Jones were on the move to various NW destinations. Later siblings Bonnie and Wes joined their adventures. According to Pat, though, her favorite years were spent living down the street from cousins in Bowling Green, KY for five whole years. From there, at the age of 12, it was off to Palo Alto, Auburn, WA, Ketchikan, Delta Junction and Fairbanks, AK, Santa Maria, California and eventually to Spokane where she graduated from Rogers High School.

Pat married Paul Nichols in June of 1966. In the 70’s, they made their home in the Blanchard Valley near Newport, WA. She loved living among the pine trees and raising her three boys, Joe, Jeff and John Nichols and was so proud of their character and skills. No question that here she planted deep roots and any time away from home was too long. Pat worked at Sadie Halstead Elementary School for 20 years and retired in 2006 – to happily spend her time at home in the pines.

Patty was a meticulous person, liked tiny details and her art was always on a miniature scale. She treated people that way, saw their uniqueness, tiny wonderful traits that others might overlook. This gift was valuable in her therapy play at Sadie Halstead with kids who were working through problems at home or had learning disabilities.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11:00 at the Newport First Baptist, 517 West 2nd Street, Newport WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Priest River Animal Shelter.

We miss her so much!

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services
PO Box 809 Newport, WA. 99156
Phone: 509-447-3118 Fax: 509-447-3247