Louise C. Nicholas, 82, died Saturday, December 6, 2008, at Strafford Care Center, Strafford, Missouri, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Visitation with the family will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2008, at Campbell Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall, with graveside services following at 1:30 p.m. at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall.
Louise Crutcher was born on July 13, 1926, to Louise Haven Newton and Thomas Estus Crutcher. She grew up in Marshall with her sister, Caroline S. Simmons, now residing in Lexington, Kentucky. After attending grade school and high school, she entered Missouri Valley College and completed a degree in mathematics at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.
After graduation, Louise worked as an airline hostess out of Kansas City, Missouri. She enjoyed flying and helping people, and there she met her first husband, Samuel H. Giberson, who was an airline pilot. Divorced from her first husband, she moved back to Marshall. In 1955, she married Russell I. Nicholas. She brought to this marriage two sons, John C. Nicholas and Thomas E. Nicholas, and welcomed Russell's two children from his first marriage, Carol A. (Nicholas) Miller and Thomas B. "Rusty" Nicholas. Together they had two children, James R. Nicholas and Ann L. (Nicholas) Ashley.
Their home was filled with a wide range of music, one of Louise's interests; and she loved being a part of her children's musical forays, including several of the boys' rock bands. Another of her talents was sewing, in which she excelled. From clothes and costumes for her children's wardrobes to handmade Christmas ornaments, Louise's creations were worn and admired. Following her second divorce, Louise continued her craft of sewing with her friends, Betty Sue Odell and Katy Elsea. She left Marshall in 1993 to move to Topeka, Kansas, where her two daughters were living. There she was involved with the activities of her family and her church family at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Louise also enjoyed working outside in her yard, an activity she kept up until she entered an assisted living facility in Nixa, Missouri, earlier this year.
Louise is survived by her sister, Caroline; her sons, John of Chantilly, Virginia; Tom of Springfield, Missouri; Rusty of Cary, North Carolina; and James of Nixa, Missouri; her daughters, Carol of Columbia, Missouri; and Ann of Topeka, Kansas; their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Her parents preceded her in death.
Arrangements are by Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. The family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flower remembrances.
Additional information provided per family recompense.