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Wilma Ruth Nichols
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A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m today at Salas Brothers Chapel in Modesto for Wilma Ruth Nichols, 82, of Cedar Park, Texas. The former Ceres resident died Feb. 3, 2011 at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in Cedar Park.

Born July 17, 1923 in Stidham Okla., Wilma moved to Ceres with her parents and older siblings when their family lost their Oklahoma farm during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. She lived in Ceres until she married Ray Nichols at the age of 16. During their 54 year marriage, the couple lived in several different parts of California and eventually retired in Columbia near Sonora. After the death of her husband in 2000, Mrs. Nichols moved to Cedar Park, Texas, to be near her youngest daughter, Gloria Bradley. Wilma enjoyed being a wife and mother and spent most of her life caring for the needs of her family. An enthusiastic gardener, Wilma did some "cropsharing" with friends while she was living in Gold Springs near Columbia. Mrs. Nichols had attended Church of Christ.

She leaves behind three childrenAnn Leonard-Coyle of Sonora, Duane Nichols of Eureka, and Gloria Bradley of Liberty Hill, Texas; her sister, Louise Haverly McGuire of Ceres; and five grandchildren, Jason Barret, Justin Barret, Michele Tennant, Kristi Treitler and Nathan Bradley; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Ray Nichols, son Billy Ray Nichols, daughter Brenda Barrett, grandson Isaac Bradley, and brothers and sisters.

-Ceres Courier/ February 9, 2011