Nichols, Betty M. of Clayton Township, Flushing, age 92, died Sunday, February 10, 2013 at McLaren-Flint. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Betty’s life will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Rev. Lori Johnson will officiate. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the church beginning at 10 a.m, Saturday, April 20. Burial of cremated remains will be at Bendle Cemetery during a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Trinity Episcopal Church, 745 E. Main St., Flushing or the Flushing Area Historical Society, 431 W. Main St., Flushing.
Betty Brady was born in Marion, Ohio on July 14, 1920, the daughter of the late Tyco Brady and Carrie Brady Arndt. Betty’s immediate family included two brothers, Robert and Bud, and two sisters, Geneva Nichols and Zoe Smith, all deceased. Betty moved to Flint, Michigan during WWII and met her husband James H. Nichols while working at the General Motors Corporation. After their marriage on September 5, 1943 Jim and Betty resided at the Nichols Centennial Farm at the corner of Nichols and Calkins Roads for most of their 61 years of marriage. Jim preceded her in death in March 2005. Betty remained on the farm until moving to Woodhaven Senior Community three years ago.
Betty lived a very active social and civic life in Flushing and Clayton Township. Betty assisted Jim during his 16-year tenure as Clayton Township clerk and participated as an election observer well into her 80’s. Betty was a past Worthy Matron in the Flushing Eastern Star where she began what later became a very successful catering business. Many local wedding events in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s featured her home cooked fare, table skirting to match the wedding colors and elegant crystal and silver serving pieces. She was a life member of Tuesday Club, a Flushing literary group; a charter member of the Flushing Bridge Club, and Trinity Episcopal Church. She enjoyed travel and visited her son Patrick and his wife Beth during their assignments with the US State Department in Europe with her husband Jim in 1981, 1983 and 1986. Betty was a dedicated sports fan rooting for the Detroit Tigers, the Michigan State Spartans and especially The Ohio State Buckeyes. In recent years, Betty traveled frequently to Lake Avalon to vacation with son Mike and his wife Judy at their lakeside cottage.
Betty loved social events and parties and was instrumental in organizing many of them with the lifelong group of friends she and Jim shared. Along with great food, Grandma or Aunt Betty was always good for a card game, word game or dominoes…never mind the time of day! She was a skilled bridge player and played in duplicate bridge groups until failing eyesight finally forced her to put down the cards. She used card games such as playing cribbage to teach her grandchildren math and to be attentive to the rules, i.e. in a good-humored way she was always quick to “peg” points her “students” missed and in a flash her pupils quickly learned to “do the math” correctly.
Mrs. Nichols is survived by: two sons, Michael P. and wife Judy Nichols of Eaton Rapids and Hillman, MI, Patrick J. and wife Beth Nichols of Great Falls, VA; five grandchildren, James B. and wife Shaunna Nichols of Battle Creek, Lindsay and husband Marc Foster of Saginaw, TX, Amy and husband Brad Nichols-Belo of Richmond, VA, Patrick J. and wife Amanda Nichols of Brooklyn, NY; six great-grandchildren, Michael T. and Margaret “Maggie” Nichols of SC; MacArthur B., Mary Grace and Theodore “Teddy” Foster of TX and Liam Jackson Nichols-Belo of VA. Betty is also survived by two godchildren, Peter Olin of Ann Arbor and Leslie Olin Morgan of Chapel Hill, NC; nine nieces and three nephews; special neighbors, Kathy and Ron Shepard and lifelong friends, Dorothy and John West, as well as a host of family friends and neighborhood kids who knew her as “Aunt Betty.”
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Kathy Shepherd, faithful friend and attendant; Dr. Kathleen Kudray, compassionate physician; and the caring staff of Woodhaven Senior Living Community.