Ella Mae Nichols passed away peacefully with family by her side on Jan. 12, 2010, at the Hood River Care Center. Ella was born March 19, 1923, in Lyndon, Kansas, to Jessie and Jesse (Dempster) Paulsen and was 86 years of age at the time of her passing.
A service to honor Ella is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19th, at the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1824 May St. Viewing is scheduled on Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River.
On June 29, 1947, Ella married Darrell Ware Nichols in Portland, Ore.; their marriage was later sealed in the Portland, Ore., Temple. To this union were blessed two children, Donna and Wayne. The family lived in Hood River and enjoyed the great outdoors, swimming and camping together.
Darrell and Ella operated the popcorn wagon and were well-known as the “popcorn kids.”
Ella was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Ella is survived and will be dearly missed by her daughter, Donna Schmidlin, and son-in-law, Larry, of Banks, Ore.; grandchildren Darrell, Angela, Julie and Corey; and great-grandchildren Teagan, Grayson, Lorelai and Charles.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband and son, who passed away in a tragic accident on Oct. 15, 1966.
Memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Ella to the American Cancer Society and sent care of Anderson’s.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave, Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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