Glena 'Lee" Nichols


College Place Resident, Glena "Lee" Nichols, passed away February 15, 2012.
There will be a memo- rial service in Boise, Idaho at a later date. Inurnment will be in the Cloverdale Cemetery in Boise. Local arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colo- nial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington.

Lee was born May 31, 1928, in Montpelier, Idaho, to Daniel Brigham and Frances Hellena Richards. The family moved several times un- til settling in Nampa, Idaho where Lee attended school. Lee worked in the early years of World War II as a weld inspector at Gate City Steel. She met the love of her life and husband of almost 60 years, Gerald "Gus" Nichols in Nampa. They were married January 16, 1946 and moved to Meridian, Idaho. She was a bookkeeper for Gus's blacksmith shop and ran a day-care from their home. They moved to Star, Idaho, where Gus ran a blacksmith shop and Lee worked as a Candler in an egg pack- ing plant. Later they moved to Gooding where they had a dairy farm and blacksmith shop. Lee was a good shot, an excellent cook, seamstress, gardener and farm hand. She loved to sew and was very handy. They bought houses and fixed them up and sold them with Lee doing the painting, carpeting and all kinds of remodeling. They retired in Garden Valley in the Idaho Mountains, where they had spent many weekends camping, fishing and hunting. After living in different places in Idaho, Lee returned to College Place after Gus passed away in 2005. Lee was a cherished daughter, sister and aunt. She was a loving mother, grandmother and fun-loving friend.

Lee is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Jerry and Cliff Farm of Hemet, California and Sara and David Bassford of Bellev- ue, Washington; two sons and daughters-in-law: Cash and Cindy Nichols of College Place, Washington and Jeff and Dawn Nichols of Waitsburg, Washington; and grandchildren: Christopher and Stephanie Rumley, Phillip and Celia Rumley, Danielle and Charles Leyva, Chris Farm, Cassie Farm, Paul Farm, Jason Farm, Nathan Nichols, Cody Nichols, Jennifer Stryker, Sam Bassford and Katie Bassford, Ashley and Trevor Johnson, Jeremy and Lacy Nichols, Jennifer Nichols; two sisters-in-law, Reva Richards and Donnie Griffiths.
Lee loved her 13 great-grandchildren who brought her tremen- dous joy. She was preceded in death by her brother, Coey Richards and her sister, Dian Frank.
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