On Saturday August 4Th, 2012 my Mother In Love passed away. She has been in good health not fantastic but good health. She had had a stroke last year but recovered well from it.
Her name is Janell Nichols (aka Mom Nichols). I met Janell a little over 25 years ago. The first night I met her she had planned a fish fry for the family to meet me. Alan and I had been dating a week. Alan had told her the first night we went out that he met the girl he was going to marry so I guess she thought it was time to meet me. he he
Janell had always been helpful with us. She didn't give advice where it wasn't asked for even though she had plenty of experience raising her own 9 children, Alan being the baby.
She was a school teacher for 16 years and loved children.
Janell was a very organized person in all aspects of her life. She showed love and compassion, concern and happiness for all of the family.
Janell died of hemorrhage in the brain. We had been to the hospital on Friday night but she had been unconscious all day. It was so sad to see her that way and struggling to breath on her own.
She is now with her eternal companion after 7 years.
This is the obituary from the Arizona Republic newspaper:
Nichols, Janell Kleinman 84, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012. She was born on August 30, 1927 in Mesa Arizona to Ezra and Mildred Kleinman. Janell married Neldon E. Nichols on June 7, 1946 in the Mesa Arizona Temple. Their children are: Neldon Jr. (Linda), Linda Petersen (Arlon), David (Sandy), Peggy Hipps (Robert), Jim (Eileen), Jack (Janey), Barbara Gibson (Glenn), Tom (Sun Mi), Alan (Bobbi). Janell was preceded in death by her husband Neldon and daughters Peggy and Barbara. Janell's greatest joy came from her family. She loved and served 54 grandchildren and 105 great-grandchildren. She spent much time and effort in keeping her family ties strong and vital. As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Janell filled many callings including serving as a Temple worker with Neldon. Together, they served a mission in Macon, Georgia. Janell was active in genealogy work and especially valued her association with Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She attained her BA at ASU in just three years with 8 children still at home and loved her 16 years as a first grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Mesa. Services will be held on Saturday, August 11th at 10:00 a.m. at the LDS church located at 1150 N. Lindsay Road in Gilbert with viewing beginning at 9:00 a.m. Visitation will also be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 at Meldrum Mortuary, 52 N. Macdonald in Mesa.
This was the program for her funeral. The picture is an older one of her.
Below is the inside of the program.
The names you see are all of the families names starting with the oldest child
Going down to the youngest.
If you didn't read the obituary she had 54 grand children and 105 great grandchildren. She left behind a large posterity.
The chapel was packed and the funeral was beautiful. It was a wonderful tribute to a woman who will be missed greatly. She inspired so many of us and taught us each a little something that we specifically needed.
My only worry now is living up to what Alan's mom was to my husband, children and generations to come.
We love you Janell. Until we meet again.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo