Virginia Nichols

Obituary of Virginia Nichols

Virginia L. (Dolen) Nichols, 93 of Jacksonville and formerly of West Chester, Ohio past away Monday April 2, 2018 at Passavant Area Hospital. She was born September 27, 1924 in Winchester the daughter of the late Leonard and Gladys Boston Dolen. She married Dale Russell Nichols May 12, 1956 in Winchester and he preceded her in death in 2013.

Virginia was a graduate of Winchester High School and attended business college in St. Louis. She worked many years as an accountant for Boys Club of America. She was initiated in Alba Chapter 104, Carthage (Cincinnati), Ohio on June 17, 1959 along with her late husband Dale. She served as Worthy Matron with Dale as Worthy Patron in 1966. She devoted many years to being Secretary of Alba Chapter. She was appointed as Grand Page to the Deputy Grand Matron of District 20, Rose Coates, in 1968 and again to the Worthy Grand Patron, Richard Manifold, in 2002. In 2001 Alba Chapter merged with Dorcas Chapter 277. She was a long supporter, both financially and emotionally, of both Alba and Dorcas Chapters. When her turn came up she always graciously served as Hostess for the Past Matrons Circle. Dorcas Chapter has a group of members who enjoy playing Mexican Train Dominoes, twice monthly, once on the eastern side of town with member, Kay Ladd, and once on the western side. She rarely missed dominoes. When her eyesight began to fail she used larger dominoes and enjoyed playing cards with jumbo decks. In 2006 she was commissioned a Grand Representative of Mississippi in Ohio, by Worthy Grand Matron Bonnie Youngblood. As part of her responsibilities, she traveled to Mississippi Grand Chapter where she met her counterpart and made many new friends. She was honored by the Dorcas Chapter with a reception to commemorate her appointment. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile and became a member of Ishtar Temple 54 in Cincinatti on July 31, 1989. She and her husband immediately became volunteers at the Shriners Children’s Hospital burn unit in Cincinnati. She could be often be found at the reception desk assisting patients and their families. She served many years as an Alter Attendant to the Queen. She will be sorely missed by the membership of both organizations.  She was a member of the Faith Community United Methodist Church in West Chester and the Winchester United Methodist Church upon her return to the area in 2013.

Surviving are her brothers and sisters in law; Bob (Karen) Nichols of White Hall, Bill (Kay) Nichols of Jacksonville, Alice Holman of Grand Forks, ND, Doris Friend of Kankakee, and Edna Nichols of Bloomington, and several nieces nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Thursday April 5, 2018 at the Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester. Burial will be in the Winchester City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the Winchester United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at