Dorothy May Nichols, 94, a 23 year Wenatchee resident, passed away Friday, March 4, 2011, at Cashmere Convalescent Center, in Cashmere, WA. She was born on February 11, 1917, in Los Angeles, CA, to the late Charles and Sara Almeda "Medith" (Young) Throop. She was raised in the area of Central Los Angeles, where she went through elementary, junior high and high school. A short while after her high school graduation, she moved with her family to Porterville, CA. She met Forrest Earnest Nichols in Porterville and they were later married there on May 1, 1936. They made their first home together in Porterville and later moved to Lindsay, CA, where they raised their two sons. Dorothy worked in the fruit industry in Lindsay, where she sorted oranges and later worked as a cafeteria cook at Washington Elementary School. Dorothy and her husband continued to make their home in Lindsay until moving to Wenatchee in 1988. Dorothy was a homemaker and volunteered at Central Washington Hospital for several years. In 1990, she was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest Nichols. She has since continued to make her home in Wenatchee. Dorothy was a member of the Wenatchee Church of the Nazarene and had been a longtime member of the Lindsay Church of the Nazarene. She was the longtime President of the Missionary Society of the Lindsay Church of the Nazarene; she was very involved in the activities of her church. Dorothy enjoyed cooking and preparing meals for friends and family and became known far and wide for her apple pies. They always brought high bids at the church auctions. She took pride in setting a beautiful table and serving her guests. Dorothy often served her apple pie for desert over the years. Her apple pies have been enjoyed by many and she always gave God the praise for her ability to bake amazing, never-to-be forgotten pies.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard "Dick" Nichols and Donna of Chino Valley, AZ and Elvin Nichols and Peggy of Wenatchee; five grandchildren, David Nichols of Tucson, AZ, Diane Wheeler of Corrales, NM, Debbie Kronz of Chino Valley, AZ, Marnye Woodrum of Seattle, WA and Tiffanye Zsoka of Tigard, OR; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest Nichols, in 1990; one brother, Charles Throop; and one sister, Marie Hornsby.
A Commemoration Service will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the Wenatchee Church of the Nazarene, 1011 S. Miller Street, with Pastors Michael Malmin and Norman Stueckle officiating. A Concluding Service and the Committal will follow in Wenatchee Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home, 19 Rock Island Road, East Wenatchee, on Thursday, March 10, 2011, from Noon to 8:00 p.m. You are invited to view her online tribute and leave a memory for the family by visiting www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.