Arline B. Nichols, 84 of Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Friday, Nov. 15, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y.; she was the daughter of the late Walter and Marie (Rein) Brauss.
Mrs. Nichols was graduated in 1952 from the State University of New York at Brockport with a bachelor's degree in education and a desire to become a teacher; she felt that to teach was to touch a life forever. Shortly after graduation, she began her career in teaching elementary education in Valley Stream, Long Island, N.Y. In 1953, Mrs. Nichols married Stanley D. Nichols and soon thereafter moved to Bolton Landing, N.Y. on beautiful Lake George, where she took time from her career to start a family and raise three sons. She later returned to her teaching career and taught in a number of schools in upstate New York. The family moved to western New York and then to New Jersey; Mrs. Nichols taught elementary education in both areas. In 1990, she concluded her lifelong teaching career with West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District and retired to Rehoboth Beach.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Nichols held a strong conviction to her faith, which was of the utmost importance and by which she lived her daily life. Mrs. Nichols was an active member of the churches in each of the areas in which she resided. Upon moving to Rehoboth Beach, Mrs. Nichols became a member of the congregation of Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes. She participated in many activities within the church, including the Mary Martha Circle. Mrs. Nichols was also active with the Sussex County Republican Women's Club and strongly supported the Salvation Army.
In retirement, Mrs. Nichols enjoyed cruising with her husband and friends, and spending winters in Leesburg, Fla. Mrs. Nichols loved organizing activities in her home and church communities. She found great pleasure playing all sorts of games - especially games of chance. Her greatest enjoyment, however, came simply from time spent with her husband, children and grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Nichols was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Donald Nichols. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Stanley D. Nichols; three sons: Peter Nichols and wife Amanda of Hopewell, N.J., Mark Nichols and wife Debbie of Bethel, Conn., and Chris Nichols and wife Marie of Fredericksburg, Va.; eight grandchildren: Blaire, Zach, Colleen, Matt, Kelly, Becca, Molly and Tom; a brother Richard Brauss and wife Jill of Bozeman, Mont.; a sister-in-law, Bea Nichols of Venice, Fla.; two brothers-in-law: Bob Nichols of Hickory, N.C. and Roger Nichols and wife Dorothy of Roanoke, Va.
Friends may visit Thursday, March 27, from 5 until 7 p.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, Building Our Future Campaign, 129 West 4th Street, Lewes, DE 19958, or the Salvation Army, 107 South Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.