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Ethel Maxine Nichols died Thursday, December 24, 2009, in Durango. She was 87. Mrs. Nichols was born September 27, 1922, in Durango, the daughter of Fred and Ruth McLaughlin. She was born and raised in Durango and attended Durango High School. She and Harold Nichols were married April 18, 1940, in Durango. Mrs. Nichols was a homemaker who loved being with her family and was very involved with the community. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, sons Tommy and John, and grandson Eric Prior. She is survived by her children Jerry Nichols of Durango; Judy Prior of Powell, Wyo.; Nancy Ariano of Durango, and Paul Nichols of Durango; sisters Dorothy Gardner of Durango and Eleanor Wildes of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren Geff Sellers of Phoenix, Ariz.; Tommy Sellers of Durango; Bobbe Ariano of Durango; Hunter Nichols of Durango; Colten Nichols of Durango; Tristen Mooren of Powell, Wyo.; and Kathleen Morton of Little Rock, Ark.; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 27, 2009, at Hood Mortuary Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 28, 2009, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Father Andrew Cooley will officiate. Burial will occur at Greenmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.

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