Elizabeth Hickman Nichols

July 27, 2016

Elizabeth Hickman Nichols,  age 102, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at her home of 28 years, Forwood Manor.

Born October 21, 1913 in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of the late Leroy Wheeler Hickman and Lucie Marie B. Hickman. Her sister, Lucie B. Hickman died in 1963 in an airplane disaster over Elkton, Maryland.  Educated in the Wilmington public schools, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Women’s College of the University of Delaware in 1935, and in 1936 received her library degree from Drexel University.  She was librarian of the Harlan Elementary School and an assistant librarian of P.S. DuPont High School until her marriage to the late Colonel James W. Nichols.  At the time of his death in 1994 they had been married 54 years.

As a volunteer, she helped organize the library of the Children’s Bureau of Delaware and cared for the library for many years; while at Forwood Manor she was on the library committee. A member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant for over 60 years being active in the Sunday School, the Outreach Program and cooking for Emmanuel Dining Room.  She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Sunday Breakfast Mission and for several years was their secretary.

She is survived by 3 sons, James Warren Nichols, Jr. and his wife, Ann, of Wilmington, Richard H. Nichols and his wife, Madeleine, of New York City and John B. Nichols and his wife, Jodi of Danvers, Mass.; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

There will be a private family graveside service at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, 110 N. Poplar Street., Wilmington, DE 19801.

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  1. Mrs. Nichols was the most gracious and caring person I have ever met. She was a real lady, thoughtful and true. I met Col. and Mrs. Nichols when they moved into Forwood Manor. I was the Sales person who helped them with that process. They were easy to work with and knew what they wanted. Col. Nichols was always helpful to me with ideas to bring in more new residents. They were both a joy. My sincere condolences to all of you in the passing of a very special person.
    Sincerely, Bonnie Baggett

    Bonnie Baggett | August 3, 2016 at 10:27 PM
  2. Dear Warren,
    Condolences to you and your brothers on the passing of your mother. I remember her fondly, as a cub scout den mother; as a chauffeuse on alternate Saturdays, driving us into the Wilmington YMCA; and serving us lunchtime sandwiches under the big oak tree as we played in your sandbox. I’m sure she was a wonderful mother. She certainly lived to a ripe old age.
    I was counting the years since we last saw each other. I believe it was 1957, as we walked off the football field at Mt. Pleasant. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since that time., needless to say.
    Neuza and I have been back in Wilmington since 1981, when we came down from Maine, where I’d had a medical practice for six year. I worked for Dupont in their medical dept. at Chambers Works for 18 months, then hung my shingle back up, and stayed in practice for another twenty years, at Lombardy Medical Center, on Foulk Rd. I retired 13 years ago, and divide my time between Osher Institute of Lifelong learning and the Dupont C.C. golf courses. We have married daughters in NYC and Los Angeles, with three grandchildren between them. Our health has been good. I hope yours has been the same.
    Kind regards,
    Don Morgan, M.D.

    Donald H. Morgan, M.D. | August 5, 2016 at 1:39 PM

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