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In Memory of

Fern W. Nichols

February 11, 1916 - May 16, 2017

Obituary


As surely as life begins, life must end. It is what takes place in between these two events that really matters. Fern Walton Nichols, age 101, our dearly loved mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend - "the oldest, shortest, and wisest wherever she went", passed away at home surrounded by her loving daughters where she was loved and watched over by so many.

Fern was born at home in Sugar House on February 11, 1916 to Hazen B. and Margaret Johnson Walton. She was raised during the Great Depression. She grew up in Lincoln Ward...

As surely as life begins, life must end. It is what takes place in between these two events that really matters. Fern Walton Nichols, age 101, our dearly loved mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend - "the oldest, shortest, and wisest wherever she went", passed away at home surrounded by her loving daughters where she was loved and watched over by so many.

Fern was born at home in Sugar House on February 11, 1916 to Hazen B. and Margaret Johnson Walton. She was raised during the Great Depression. She grew up in Lincoln Ward and graduated from South High School. She married Russell Nichols on January 25, 1946, in Salt Lake City, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Mom was an inspiration to all. Her accomplishments were many but none exceeded her positive attitude and love of people. Blessed with a quick mind, incredible memory, boundless energy, and a work ethic that did not dim, Fern lived an abundant life, fueled by her deep devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and her family. Her rewarding profession as secretary to Chief Federal Judge Aldon J. Anderson helped pay for the girls' music lessons and memorable vacations. Although she was never able to afford music lessons due to her family's circumstances during the Great Depression, she made sure that all of her daughters had that opportunity. Her love of music enabled her to serve as Primary, Relief Society, and DUP chorister for most of her life as well as singing in the ward choir until she was well into her 90's! She served Church missions with Russell to Independence Missouri Visitors Center, Salt Lake Inner City mission, and Temple Square. She served as a hostess at the Church Office Building and at age 100 was the oldest church service missionary worldwide. Fern gave many years of dedicated devotion to the Utah Society of Mayflower Descendants and to Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Mom was always "On the Go" and spent her life serving others.

Whether rehearsing with the Tabernacle Choir as a guest for her 95th birthday, appearing on The Price is Right at age 99 (and making it all the way to the Show Case Showdown), or faithfully serving as a visiting teacher for over 80 years, Fern won the hearts of everyone she met. Fern was a "connector" - strangers became friends within minutes. What an honor and a joy to be part of her full and accomplished life.

Survived by her sister, Lois Oakes; daughters Jolynn (David Miles), Marilyn (Randy Hanks), Colleen (Robert Bauman), Janis (Lee Rowser) and son-in-law Charles Pulver and their families who all adore her and will miss her crisp $1 bill handshakes. She was preceded in death by her adoring husband, Russell, daughter Margaret and also Margaret's son, Jon Pulver; parents, brothers Marvin and John Walton, sister Anna Ohrn, and countless extended relatives and friends. We treasure the acts of kindness given by friends, family, neighbors, and members of the East Mill Creek 15th ward. She loved you all dearly! Thank you for always remembering her. The world is a better place because of Fern.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 22, 12:00 noon, at East Mill Creek 15th Ward, 3750 South Hillside Lane (approx. 2580 East). Friends may visit with the family on Sunday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Church. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.