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Mary Irene Nichols

Mary Irene Nichols, 84 of Grand Ridge passed away Tuesday afternoon (July 8th) at the Ottawa Pavilion.
A visitation will be held Sunday from 2 – 6 PM with the rosary recited at 1:45 at the Grand Ridge Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 AM at the St. Mary’s of the Fields Church, Grand Ridge.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Ransom.  Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, Jeffrey, Brady Nichols, Jon Kilquist, Doug Cass and Brian Bressner and nephew Greg Durdan.
Mary was born on December 8, 1929 in rural Farm Ridge to Steve and Edna (Kuhn) Durdan.  She married Lyle J. Nichols on August 8, 1951 he passed away July 4, 2011.
Surviving are children Dave (Joan) Nichols of Murphysboro, IL, Debbie (Byron) Long, Grand Ridge and Dan (Lori) Nichols of Streator, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, brothers James Durdan, William (Phyllis) Durdan and Robert (Cheryl) Durdan all of Grand Ridge, brother-in-law Elden Nichols of Ransom and several nieces and nephews.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister-in-law Marilyn Durdan.
Mary attended the Essex #95 grade school in rural Grand Ridge and was the last of the graduates of the Grand Ridge High School until they closed in 1946 and finished her final years at St. Xavier High School (Marquette) in 1947.  She retired from the Grand Ridge Grade School Cafeteria in 1991 and was a member of the St. Mary’s of the Field Church.
Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to either St. Mary’s of the Fields Church or Marquette Academy.

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My heartfelt condolences to the Mary Irene (Durdan) Nichols family on the death of their loved ones.  I remember Mrs. Nichols, her husband and children while growing up in the wonderful town of Grand Ridge, IL.  

May the Lord bring comfort during this time of grieving.  Hugs to all.

Faith (Rinker) Oglesby Jul 18 2014 12:00 AM

To the Family of Mary Nichols::::    We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the entire Family of Mary. We have always looked upon her as a really fine person.  Please find comfort now Knowing she is in the Hands of GOD.

Willis and Jutta Noel Jul 13 2014 12:00 AM

Debbie and the entire Nichols family,

I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom/grandma. I remember what a sweet lady she was when I was growing up in Grand Ridge.

Debbie, special appreciation to you for the kindness and care that you showed to my mom, Dorothy Dougherty, while she was at Pleasant View.

God Bless you all!
Deb Ellefson

Deb (Dougherty) Ellefson Jul 11 2014 12:00 AM