Mary Magdalene Elliott Stafford Nichols was born June 7, 1925 and went home to be with the Lord, January 26, 2007. She was raised in the Elliott Town Community, South of Jay, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leon Stafford and Earl D. Nichols. She was of the Church of Christ faith and was a member of the Ard Field Church of Christ for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. She was a founding member of the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, Inc. and her tribal name was "Running Waters".
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, William "Dick" Elliott and Mary Cook Elliott; her brothers and sisters, Francis Isabell Elliott Russell, Lillie May Elliott Stone, Willis Elliott, Fay Elliott, Leon Elliott, Larry Wayne Elliott; her sons Milburn Stafford, Roy Dean Nichols, Roger Dean Nichols; daughter Shirley Ann Stafford, and granddaughter, Angela Kay Nichols.
Mrs. Nichols is survived by her children, Betty Stafford Reynolds (Dennis) Howell, Leon Elbert (Ernestine) Stafford, Linda Nichols (Sammy) Spellings, Thomas Earl (Laura) Nichols, L.D. (Sylvia) Nichols, and Lisa Nichols Vaughn; grandchildren, Keith (Renee) Reynolds, Tommy (Trish) Stafford, Kristi Simpson (Tony) Rachel , Evan (Vickie) Terrill, Tommy Nichols, Sam Nichols, Bryan (Erica) McCollum, Robert Nichols, Jennifer Nichols Qualls, Tina Stafford, Gina Stafford (Jeff) Yates, Kevin Stafford, Teresa Jernigan, Scott Stafford, Glenn (Dawn) Spellings, Dustin Vaughn, Roger Vaughn, Faith Bloomer, Sandra Nichols, Sarah-Jo Nichols and David Nichols; great grandchildren; Alyssa Dozier, Briana Reynolds, Jayden Rachel, Tristen Stafford, Zachary Rachel, Ashley Stafford, Meagan Stafford, Emily Stafford, Lauren Stafford, Peyton Spellings, Brooklyn Spellings, Christopher Gomillion, Meghan Gomillion, Alyssa Bloomer, Julian Jernigan, Tristan Qualls, Tylor Qualls, Kaleb Qualls, Jocelyn Nichols, Hanna Nichols, Taylor Nichols; sisters, Delaine Elliott Davis, Louise Elliott Freeman, Francis Helen Elliott, and Lillie Dean Elliott Morrow; uncles John A. Cook and Wheeler Cook; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 2:30PM, Tuesday, January 30, 2007 in the Lewis Funeral Home Milton Chapel with Pastor Mike Medford and Rev. Ron Carnley officiating. Burial will follow in the Ard Field Cemetery with LEWIS FUNERAL HOME directing. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00PM, Monday, January 29, 2007, at Lewis Funeral Home.
Active Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Keith Reynolds, Evan Terrill, Dustin Vaughn, Sam Nichols, Tommy Nichols, Robert Nichols and Glen Spellings. Honorary Pallbearers will be her sons-in-law, Sam Spellings and Dennis Howell.
She will always be in the hearts of her family and friends.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 1/28/2007.