Anna Josephine Nichols

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Anna Josephine Nichols, age 80, passed into the arms of her Savior, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, following a short illness.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to Marshall United Pentecostal Church or Alzheimer’s Association. Friends may sign the online register book at

Jo was born on June 20, 1938, in Benton County, to Elery Thomas Walker and Dessie Mae Landreth Walker. On Sept. 25, 1954, she married the love of her life, James Edward Nichols, and began a new chapter in her life story. Jo’s compassion led to a career in nursing, working her entire life in the Marshall area hospital, nursing homes and the Marshall Habilitation Center. She is remembered by many for her kind, caring and patient ministering to those sick or in pain. Jo never had a harsh word for anyone, choosing to smile and assist. Her unwavering faith in God was evident in her love for her church, the United Pentecostal Church of Marshall. Jo was a master seamstress and quilter, happily sharing her creations with friends and family.

Jo is survived by her husband of 64 years, James; daughters, Pamela and Cynthia; grandchildren, Mike, Keith, Angela and Jeremy; great-grandchildren, Abby, Basia, John Wayne, Gabriel, Sugar and Colton; a brother, Robert “Bob” Walker; and several nieces and nephews.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Beth Samuels; and a brother, Harrison Walker.