Freida I. Nichols

Freida Irene Nichols, 98, of Columbia City, IN, and a former resident of Huntington, IN, died Friday, May 12, 2017, at 10:45 a.m.

Mrs. Nichols graduated from Huntington High School in 1937 and started working at Blue Bell Jean Factory, in Columbia City. She was a member of Thorncreek Bethel Church of God and was involved in the Eagles, Moose and Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was a charter member of the Thorncreek Fire Department and its auxiliary.

She was born Jan. 22, 1919, in Huntington to Clarence Harrison and Ethel Mae Reiger Miller. She married Ralph Nichols on March 19, 1949, who preceded her in death in 1988.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeanne Simmons, of Columbia City; Karen (John) sheets, of Etna; and Diane (Richard) Claypool, of Merriam; a sister, Mary Boyd, of Huntington; nine grandchildren;15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Calling is Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. A service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 11 a.m., with Sharon Brockhaus officiating. Burial will be at South Park Annex Cemetery.

Gifts to assist with final expenses may be made in care of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home.

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