BANGOR and DANFORTH Clarice Irene (Morse) Nichols, 76, affectionately known as “Clarie,” entered into eternal life Sept. 30, 2007, in Bangor, after a courageous battle with COPD and cancer. Clarice was born Aug. 6, 1931, in Bancroft, a daughter of Leo and Annie (Ouelette) Morse. Clarie grew up at the family farm in Danforth and will be especially remembered for her heroic lifesaving of a pregnant woman and younger sister and brother, who had all fallen through the ice on Baskehegan River. Clarie, at 16, ran a quarter mile to the river when alerted by screaming. Upon seeing the dilemma, Clarie immediately crawled onto the ice and first pulled the pregnant woman out, followed by the young sister. The young boy had drifted under the ice and in order to rescue him, Clarie broke through the ice pulling him out by the hair. All three were treated and were not injured. Because of her quick action, the children soon recovered from shock and a brief bout of pneumonia. After her childhood, Clarie moved to Bangor, where she met her future husband, Irvin N. Nichols. They married July 6, 1951, and had five children. Clarie was a stay-at-home mother and housewife until 1968, when she decided it was time to get her driver’s license and a job. She began working as a waitress at the 95er Restaurant, Bangor, later known as Paul’s Restaurant, and was employed for more than 20 years. She will be fondly missed by many patrons, co-workers and friends that she met while working there. In 1989, she moved to Danforth to care for her ailing mother, at which time she pursued and received her CNA certificate and was employed by Danforth Rehabilitation Center for 10 years. She retired and returned to Bangor in 1999 and was diagnosed with COPD in 1996. Sadly, cancer struck in July 2007. Clarie loved traveling. For many years she enjoyed camping trips in Maine and Canada, then eventually flying from coast to coast. She once enjoyed snowmobiling, belonged on a bowling league and enjoyed many summers with friends at Beach Hill Pond. She was greatly appreciated by her family for her outstanding “from scratch” homemade cooking, regardless of the opportunities for shortcuts. She loved to dance and was a member of the Brewer Eagles Club. During the past few years, she looked forward to her regular card games and dominoes with her friends at Crestwood Place and her visits with her children and their families going out to dinner. Clarie’s lifetime focus was her family and she will be remembered for her dedication, hard work, consistent and unwavering support, generosity and love. Clarie is survived by and will be deeply missed by her children, Philip Nichols and his longtime companion, Michelle Hogan, of Levant, Laurie Kelly and her husband, Capt. Thomas Kelly III, U.S. Navy retired, of Blue Hill, Jeffrey Nichols and his wife, Mary, of Milford and Gayle Ballesteros and Kevin O’Connell of Brewer; her cherished grandchildren, Michelle Lawrence and her fianc?, Scott O’Brien, of Deltona, Fla., Cassandra Nichols of Milford, William Nichols of Milford and Samantha Ballesteros of Brewer. She was extremely delighted with the birth of her great-grand-daughter, Lilith Robbins of Milford in 2006. Also surviving are her sisters, Lucille Bailey of Danforth and Madolyn Jansen of Van Nuys, Calif.; her brothers, Philip Morse of Danforth and William Morse of Houlton, along with their families. She was predeceased by her brothers, Joseph, Lawrence and Bernard Morse; her former husband, Irvin Nichols of Bangor; and their infant daughter, Pamela. As she requested, a graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1048 State St., Bangor, where those attending are asked to meet 1:45 p.m. at the superintendent’s lodge. Family and friends are invited to the parish hall of St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor, after the service for a time of continued fellowship and refreshment. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. Condolences may also be offered at kileyfuneralhome.com