ORONO – Celestine P. Nichols died March 30, 2014, at Dirigo Pines, Orono. She was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Jackman, to George and Georgianna Poulin, the sixth of their seven children.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, David L. Nichols of Orono; and four children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She loved them all greatly and was very proud of them. Her children are, Mark and Susan Nichols of Orrington, Maureen and Stephen Kish of Bayfield, Colo., Kathleen and Floyd Miller of Paoli, Pa., and Scott Nichols of Veazie.
She attended Jackman schools, including several years at St. Anthony’s School and Academy, and graduated from Jackman High School in the class of 1945. She met her future husband in the first grade at Payson Smith Elementary School, when they were both six years old, and they were married after his service in the army during World War II, in 1947.
She was a laboratory technician by training, and worked in the tissue laboratory at Eastern Maine Medical Center to help her husband through the first three years of his student career at the University of Maine. She was one of the women who received formal recognition by the University’s president at her husband’s graduation, with a Ph.T. (putting husband through) of her own, of which they were both very proud. During this period they lived in close proximity to other couples in similar circumstances, and made life-long friendships with several of them, including the Millers, the Calkins and the Garvins, who became cherished parts of their lives.
After her children were grown she became an outstanding lady golfer and winner of many local and state tournaments in her age and handicap class. She belonged to several local bridge groups over the years, and with her husband and a close-knit group of like-minded couples, was an ardent weekend snowmobiler for more than 25 years. They also spent many early springs, before gardening time, playing golf in Arizona.
She lived a long and very full life, and at her request there will be no funeral and no traditional service of any kind. There may be private observations at the convenience of the family, which may include others by request. Her ashes will be deposited in the Nichols family plot at Whipple Cemetery, Jackman.