|Birth: ||Apr. 13, 1928|
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 1994|
Roberta Anne Darby Nichols, age 66, of 1023 Howell Ave. East Palestine,Ohio died at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Western Reserve Medical Center, South Unit.
She was born April 13, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, daughter of Clyde Oscar and Mary McFarland Darby and had lived in East Palestine for 46 years, coming from Akron.
She graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing in Cleveland and had been employed as a Registered Nurse at the Salem Community Hospital and then at the Western Reserve Medical Center, South Unit for 44 years, retiring in 1992.
She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of East Palestine.
She was Past President of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 31, was Past President of the PTO of East Palestine. She was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the Ohio Nurses Association and the East Palestine Nurses Association.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs.Penelope(Ralph)Prine of Leetonia, Mrs. Lugene Whittenberger of Hirem, Victoria Nichols Mackall of East Palestine, and Miss Gabrielle Nichols of Athens; two sons, Gregory B. Nichols and Preston D. Nichols, both of East Palestine; a sister Erma Fralich of Akron; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her former husband, Bruce Nichols of Tucson, Az.
She was preceded in in death by her parents, a daughter, Heidi Sue Nichols; and a sister Doris Davids McIntyre.
Memorial Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church with the Reverend J. Ross Slaughter officiating. Her family will recieve friends one hour prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Unity Emergency Medical Service.
Arrangments by the Van Dyke-Swaney Funeral Home.
Mom's family has continued to grow, since her passing another grand-child was born. She now has 21 great-grandchildren. Mom lives on in our children and grandchildren through our memories and pictures of her that we share with them.
Mom was a wonderful singer, having performed in school productions, the church choir and in the family car as we would ride to our destinations. That is one memory I share with my grandchildren. We sing alot. I do not have my mother's singing voice, but I think she is coming through my grand-daughter Chloe. She sings like an Angel. I know Mom is singing away in our Lord's Heavenly Choir.
It was music that calmed Mom when she was sick. Mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor(glioblastoma multiforme) in March of 1994. My sisters and I that were with her at that time thought something would be able to be done. Mom told us later that it was uncurable. For a time before the diagnosis, Mom's leg would shake uncontrollably and she felt weak alot. With many visits to the doctor and many tests, the cancer was finally found. When the doctor left us alone in the room , Mom looked at my sisters and me and said "I told you it was all in my head". It was our sense of humor that got my Mom and me through a lot of bad times.
All of Mom's kids rallied and helped out with her care. My sister Lugene gave up her apartment and moved into Mom's house so she could be there in the mornings with her. I worked from 4:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m. and would go home clean up and walk to Mom's to be there in the afternoon and evening. All the others were there everyday to do what they could. My sister Gaye wanted to leave school and come home, but she was the first of us to go to college and Mom didn't want her to give that up. My brother-in-law Ralph bought a van and fixed it up so we could tranport Mom in her wheelchair, and he built a ramp and a big deck onto Mom's house. She loved her home and loved to sit outside and listen to the birds and her windchimes. Mom wanted to be at home when her time came, but we had to take her to the hospital at the end. She was in the hospital where she had worked for many years,so the nurses all knew her. She was in the hospice room at the end of the hall and the nurses brought in recliners and mattresses and blankets and pillows for all of us. We were all there for Mom. All Mom wanted was for us to be holding her hand when she passed over. We did.
I want to thank everyone who visits my mom and the beautiful messages you leave for her. God Bless All of You.
A special thank you to "In Loving Memory of my Beloved Son Gary" for sponsoring my mother's page.
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Created by: Victoria Nichols
Record added: Feb 02, 2008
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