Nichols, Dixie Bell

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Dixie Bell Nichols, 91, of Floyd, Va., passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2010. Dixie was born on September 8, 1918 to Eva Bell and Belmar Shepley of Washington, D.C. She was raised in a Military Family where she lived in Panama and all across the United States as a child. In her adulthood, she resided in Montgomery County, Maryland wither her husband and family. After the unexpected death of her husband, she made the move to Floyd County, VA, where she lived for the past 31 years.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Daniel Bush Nichols, Sr. and survived by her three children: Deanna Nichols Boswell, Daniel Bush Nichols, Jr. and Dean Barrett Nichols and his wife Edie Nichols. Dixie is also survived by her grandchildren and their spouses; Robert and Kimberly Boswell, Jr., Edward and Coleen Boswell, William and Kelli Boswell, David and Christy Boswell, James and Julie Boswell, Jessica and Matthew Gallimore, Jacqueline and Jonathan Walker, Daniel Bush and Jessi Nichols, III, Dean Barrett and Kandace Nichols, Jr., Lawrence Nichols, and Brittany Nichols.

Great Grandchildren; Julianna and Mitchell Boswell, Edward, Jr. and Nicholas Boswell, Colin and Delaney Boswell, Hannah, Noah, and Bekah Boswell, Georgia Dixie Boswell, Hunter and Melanie Gallimore, Ayden, Maverick and Natalie Walker.

Dixie was always very involved in her community and was a member of the Floyd Garden Club, Friends of the Library, Floyd County Woman’s Club, DAR Richard Arnold Chapter (MD), and DAR Courthouse Chapter (Floyd), and served as Regent of both chapters. She was also a member of the Olney/ Sunshine Homemakers Club and Floyd Homemakers Club, the Wednesday Club, and several bridge groups both in Maryland and Virginia. She also participated in advanced aerobics for many years and loved all kinds of sports. She enjoyed life and spending time with others. She was a lady from head to toe, skirt to hat, earrings to lipstick. She was always dressed to impress. In addition to her attire, her personality was a unique twist of spunk and class, the makings of a dynamic woman.

Dixie, Mom,“Mema” you are deeply missed and treasured always.

Services will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church in Floyd County, VA on Friday, July 23rd at 9:00 a.m. (visitation) and 10:00 a.m. (service). The burial service will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland on Monday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m.