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MIRIAM ELEANOR NICHOL (published on April 29, 2009)

MIRIAM ELEANOR NICHOL (nee ASKIN) After a long and happy life, on April 26, 2009 in MacGregor, Manitoba, Miriam Nichol (wife of the late Gordon Nichol) joined her husband in their eternal resting place. Miriam was born on October 14, 1920, at the farm home of her parents, Tom and Clara Askin, near Burnside, Manitoba. She attended elementary school at Burnside and completed her high school at Griswold, Manitoba. She graduated from the Portage General Hospital as a Registered Nurse in May 1943. Miriam worked at the Portage General Hospital and was Supervisor on the medical ward until 1952 when she joined the MacGregor Hospital as a general duty nurse. In 1968 she was appointed Administrator and Director of Nursing in MacGregor and continued in that role until retiring in 1984. Miriam was instrumental in the planning and development of the MacGregor and District Health Centre and Personal Care Home which opened prior to her retirement. Miriam married Gordon Ross Nichol on November 13, 1943. They lived in Portage la Prairie until 1945 when they moved to Bagot, taking over the Nichol family farm. Miriam and Gordon cherished their many happy years on the farm and raised a family of three sons and one daughter. Miriam loved spending time with and visiting family, friends and neighbors. Miriam was a kind, wonderful mother, grandma, sister, aunt, friend and confidant! All who knew her loved and respected her. She enjoyed gardening and was a great lover of flowers. Gordon and Miriam loved square dancing. They made many life long friends and enjoyed traveling around Canada and the US to attend national and international jamborees. In 1984 Miriam and Gordon moved from the Bagot farm to a house on Park Drive in MacGregor and in 1997 they moved to Beaver Creek Villa. In 2007 Miriam moved to the personal care home in MacGregor. Miriam always took an active part in community affairs in Bagot and MacGregor areas. She was involved with the 4H, Curling, Town and Country Golf Clubs and always helped with any town event. In 1983 Miriam was honored as MacGregor's Citizen of the Year. Miriam was an active member of the United Church, first in Burnside, then Bagot, and finally MacGregor where she continued to be a faithful member of the congregation until her passing. Miriam joined Electra Chapter #2 Order of the Eastern Star in 1971 and along with her husband, Gordon, held many offices with this organization. She became Worthy Matron in 1984, and Grand Officer for Manitoba in 1988. Miriam was predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon in 1999 in their 56th year of marriage; her brother Arnold Askin, sister Julie Holtom; her in-laws, George Grant, Lil Askin, Ed and Alice Nichol, Roy Nichol, Mildred Nichol, Ivy Nichol, Allan and Marge Nichol, Olive Nichol, Bert and Vera Nichol, Glen Nichol, Doreen Nichol, and Bill and Alice Bodie. Miriam leaves to cherish her memory her four children and their families. Her daughter Judy (Glenn) Quinn, and sons Ross (Francine) Nichol, Gerry (Penny) Nichol, Bill (Leslie) Nichol; six grandchildren Debbie (Ian) Dowdell, Blake (Marge) Nichol, Kelly Quinn (Scott Riegert), Karen Quinn, Lynn Boddy, Suzie (Ryan) Armstrong; five great-grandchildren Tyler and Nicole Halsted, Avery and Michael Nichol, Drake Armstrong. Also remembering, are her brothers Leonard (Audrey) Askin, Ernie (Phylis) Askin, her sister Mabel Grant, and in-laws, Cecil Nichol, Howard (Josie) Nichol, Florie Nichol, Roy Holtom Francis Askin, and a huge extended family of nieces, nephews and many good friends. The family gratefully acknowledges the terrific staff at the MacGregor Health Centre for their loving care of our Mom. Friends may call for visitation at the Omega Funeral Home, Portage la Prairie, on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at MacGregor United Church on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Quinton Robinson officiating. The service will terminate at the church with a family interment at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations may be made to the MacGregor Health Centre, Box 250 MacGregor, MB R0H 0R0 or the MacGregor United Church, Box 56, MacGregor MB, R0H 0R0; or a charity of their choice. Those we hold most dear never truly leave us, they live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives. Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Road South, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1T8 or friends may leave a message of sympathy on our web site Dedicated to those we serve .

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