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Norris Nichols

Died: Wed., Jun. 22, 2011

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Stevensville a" Norris Nichols, 97, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at his home in Stevensville. He was born Nov. 11, 1913, in Stevensville, the son of Homer and Verda (Drew) Nichols. He attended Stevensville schools and graduated from high school in 1932.

In October 1934, he married Virginia Strange. They farmed and ranched in the Etna area of the Bitterroot Valley for 59 years. He was a member of the Western Montana Sugar Beet Growers Association, serving as president of the National Beet Growers Association in 1963. He was also one of the original members of the Etna Rural Fire District and served as a trustee for the Etna elementary school district for nine years. He was a member of the Victor Masonic Lodge no. 43 and the Baghdad Shriners of Butte.

In 1954 he was elected to the Montana House of Representatives where he represented Ravalli County for 20 years. During those years he was Appropriations chairman for five sessions.

In 1973, after retiring from politics, he accepted a position with the Montana Department of Revenue as administrator of the fuel tax division. In 1991 he retired from the department and he and Virginia maintained their residence in Helena until 2010 when he moved to the Bitterroot Valley Living Center in Stevensville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, in 1997 after a marriage of 62 years; brothers, Vernon and sister-in-law Betty Nichols, and Gordon and sister-in-law Pricilla Nichols; sister, Lucille and brother-in-law George Cushnie; a nephew, Jay Nichols; and his daughter-in-law, Sue Nichols.

Norris is survived by sons, Gib, and daughter-in-law, Sally Nichols, of Vancouver, Wash., and Ben Nichols and special friend, Sabre Jensen, of Stevensville; daughter, Karyl, and son-in-law, Charles Arndt, of Aurora, Colo.; brother, Rex, and sister-in-law, Bonnie Nichols, of Parma, Idaho; grandchildren, Roseanne, and her husband, Joe Heser, of Mahtomedi, Minn., Shaun Nichols and his wife, Heather, of Tucson, Ariz., Brendan Nichols and his wife, Angela, of West Linn, Ore., Ginny Arndt of Roswell, N.M., and Tyler Arndt and his wife, Anne, of Denver; and nine great-grandchildren.

Should friends wish, they can send donations to a charity of their choice or to the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99204-2910; or the Bitterroot Valley Living Center, 63 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870. A memorial service to celebrate Norris' life will be held at a later date and announced by the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.

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Terri Key
   Posted Sat June 25, 2011
To the family of Nick,
He will be surely missed :(. All of us
at Jorgensons loved him very much
and will mis him now more than ever.

Our thoughts are with you
at this time.

Love Terri

Arthur Bert Harris
   Posted Wed June 29, 2011
I remember Nick mostly as he worked with my Grandfather Bert Parker. I remember him being well respected as a legislator. Nick and Virginia were good to my sisters and me. Lots of good times, fading to memories, with the Nichols family. I will miss him. The world should have more men like the qualities Nick brought to the Bitterroot community. I appreciate Nick being a part of my life. My prayers will continue to include him. My best to Gib, Ben, & Karyl.

Lynn Graham
   Posted Sat July 02, 2011
I will truly miss Nick. I waited on him for 20 years here at Jorgensons he was always a joy to see every morning. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Larry Jochim
   Posted Fri July 08, 2011
Truly enjoyed reading the obiturary on this remarkable gentleman - was not aware of all his accomplishments - I always enjoyed his visits and questions about the bank , state of the economy, and the state of Montana - we will all miss him and in the end he probably did just as Gib said, " I did it my way", when he agreed to make a move from assisted living and just said I'll show them!!!

Freida Parker Harris
   Posted Fri September 02, 2011
To the Nichols Kids and Families and Rex and Families,
My condolences to all of you.I have lost another family member and freind.Nick and Ginny were a great part of my life as well as you Kids. I have great memories of life on the Ranch ,growing up there and knowing the three of you from the time you were born.I shall always remember Nick as a gentle soul. Bill was also fond of him and has memories of the times he hunted and fished with Nick along with my Dad Bert.Happy Memories to my Nichols Family With Love Freida and Bill

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