Virginia Maxine Nichols (84) of Lima, Ohio, formerly of Jasper County


Published on April 28 2012 6:05 pm

Virginia Maxine Nichols, 84, died at 5:35 a.m. April 15, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, OH.

She was born December 21, 1927, in Jasper County, Illinois, to Andrew J. and Clella F. Chestnut Brown, who preceded her in death. On September 20, 1947 she married John W. “Bill” Nichols, who died May 3, 1988.

Mrs. Nichols was a 1947 graduate of Newton High School. She gave her heart to her Lord in 1951 and was member of the Asbury Pilgrim Holiness Church until her passing. She will be remembered as a woman of prayer who was devoted to Jesus. She was active in church ministries including ladies missionary society, where she was part of quilting and sending care boxes to foreign fields. For the past five years, she has enjoyed living in Lima, OH with her family, being part of Allen County Elderly Day Care, attending Pilgrim Holiness Church, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry (Donna) Nichols of Casey, IL, the Rev. Donald (Ruth) Nichols of Lima, OH, and Ronald (Cathy) Nichols of Rose Hill, IL; five grandsons, Michael (Stephanie) Nichols, Eric (Megan) Nichols, Christopher (Bethany) Nichols, Joshua (Heather) Nichols, Brian Nichols, Preston (Chelsey) Miller and Logan (Brenna) Miller; three granddaughters  Melissa (Raymond) Blair, Stephanie (Greg) Burley and Valerie (Adam) Profitt; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother Richard (Deena) Brown of Newton, IL; a sister Roberta (Johnie) Cowman of Newton, IL and a sister-in-law Joan Brown of Newton ,IL.

She was preceded in death by a brother Jack Brown.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday April 19th 2012 at Greenup Pilgrim Holiness Church 701 E. Cumberland in Greenup, IL. Visitation will be at Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, IL from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10:00 to service time at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Plainfield Cemetery Rose Hill, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Allen County Council on Aging-Elderly Day Care or Pilgrim Holiness Church. Online condolences can be expressed at