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Leona F. Nichols

Birth Date: October 23, 1926
Death Date: November 20, 2017

Leona F. Nichols, 91, of Decatur, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Mesa, Arizona surrounded by her family.
Leona was born October 23, 1926, in Beaver Prairie, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Meyer) Kapp. She was a devoted homemaker and member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Leona enjoyed spending time with her family and church activities. She married Austin G. “Nick” Nichols on November 18, 1947 in Carlyle, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1995.
Leona leaves behind her sons, Edward (Becky) Nichols of Decatur, IL and Robert (Shelly) Nichols of Bunnell, FL; daughters, Darlene (Dave) Slunder of Mesa, AZ and Debra (Donnie Loy) Power of Effingham, IL, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Reva Schneider of Beckemeyer, IL.
Leona was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one grandson; and several brothers and sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Leona’s life will be 10 a.m. Friday, December 1, 2017, in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2160 N. Edward St. Decatur, with Rev. Richard Weltin, celebrant. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017, in the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home with a Vigil Prayer Service at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Decatur. Memorials are suggested to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church or Banner Health Hospice 275 East Germann Road STE 110, Gilbert, AZ 85297
The family of Leona F. Nichols is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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Vigil Prayer Service
November 30, 2017
5:30 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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November 30, 2017
6:00 pm
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Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Mass of Christian Burial
December 1, 2017
10:00 am
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
2160 N. Edward Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Bob and Shelly and family. ..May God Bless you with his love and fill you with his grace in the days to come ….much love and many prayers for your precious mom and for all of you …Gary and Judy

  2. Mom you are with Dad now – it hurt to let you go – we love you – you were the most selfless Mom and Grandma may you Rest In Peace :heart::cry:

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