Mary Evelyn Nichols, age 91, of Eudora died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at home in Eudora. She was born March 12, 1926 in Meridian, Miss. She is the daughter of the late John Wesley and the late Carrie Elizabeth (Wilson) Collins. She was a homemaker, a member of Wellford Share Group, and member of Northside Baptist Church in Eudora, Arkansas. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Elmer T. Nichols, daughters, Mary West & Patricia Runnels, granddaughter, Carrie Elizabeth Smith, brother, Buddy Collins, four sisters, Lorene Whittington, Shirley Curry, Betty Gilliam, and Maxine Hearnsberger. She is survived by her three sons, Donald Nichols, Ronald (Marilyn) Nichols, and Terry (Stephanie) Nichols all of Eudora, Arkansas; four daughters, Phyllis (Edsel) Purifoy of Gurdon, Ark., Linda (Billy) Foster of Lake Village, Lisa (Robert) Johnson of Eudora, and Carol (Randy) Aaron of Oak Grove, La.; 22 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be Thursday, April 13 from 12-2 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church in Eudora, Arkansas with the funeral at 2:00pm with Bro. James Kitchens officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery under the direction of Bishop-King Funeral Home of Lake Village. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches, P.O. Box 3964, Batesville, Ark. 72503 or Mt. Carmel Cemetery, P.O. Box 164, Eudora, Ark. 71640.
Published April 13, 2017