Mary Louise Crippen Nichols, 98, a resident of The Meadows, a Retirement Health Care Center of Leipsic, OH, passed away at 12:45 A.M., Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the health care center. She was born in Miami, IN on December 11, 1922, the daughter of Russell W. and Leah Marie Wilson Crippen. Mary married John P. Nichols on September 20, 1944 and he preceded her in death on June 20, 1987. Mary attended Miami Elementary School and graduated from Clay Township High School in 1940. She worked at Square D in Peru from 1940 until her marriage to John in 1944. John and Mary resided in rural Bunker Hill until 1964 when they moved to North Manchester. She worked at Abrasives in North Manchester from 1979 until her retirement in 1992. Mary was a member of the First Brethren Church of N. Manchester. Mary resided in Ft. Wayne until she moved to Leipsic. Surviving is a son Ted Nichols and his wife Roberta of McComb, OH; a daughter Margo Donnelly and her husband David of Ft. Wayne; grandchildren David (Danielle) Donnelly, John (Kelley) Donnelly, Craig Donnelly, Jacqi (Shaun) Belvins, Jeremy Nichols and his fiancée Grace, Tiffany (Derek) Courtney and Alycia (Calvin) Dunkin and eleven great-grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John and an infant sister. A service celebrating the life of Mary Louise Nichols will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 West Main Street, Peru with Mary’s son Ted Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the Rankin Cemetery. Family and friends will gather from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., Saturday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to Riley Children’s Hospital.
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