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NICHOL – Florrie Marion

February 11, 1913 – March 30, 2011

Florrie Nichol of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the age of 98 years.

Florrie was born February 11, 1913 on the family farm situated north of the village of Bagot, MB. She attended elementary school in the one room schools of Bagot and Mountain View school near Neepawa, MB. Florrie attended high school in Bagot and then Portage La Prairie, MB. After attending the Success Business School in Winnipeg  Florrie worked for a law firm in Portage La Prairie and the Department of National Defense at MacDonald, MB, Victoria, BC and Calgary, AB.  In 1959 Florrie started nurses’ training at the General Hospital in Brandon, MB graduating as an RN in 1962.  Florrie worked at the Brandon General Hospital until moving to Calgary to work in the new born unit at the Foothills General Hospital. Florrie was the first full time RN to retire from the Foothills General Hospital in 1980.  During Florrie’s nursing school days she became interested in genealogy. Florrie’s search in compiling the Nichol genealogy of the “John Nichol Line” led to a collaboration with Marlene Baker who was compiling the Nichol genealogy of the “Robert Nichol Line” to produce the “Nichol Book” which traces the Nichol genealogy from 1799 in Northern Ireland to the state of New York and then to Canada.  Over the years Florrie loved to travel. Her journeys took her too many parts of the world including the United Kingdom, Russia, Jerusalem, the Orient, Australia and New Zealand as well as many parts of Canada and the United States of America.  Florrie enjoyed hiking, snow shoeing and Scottish Country Dancing.

Florrie is survived by two brothers Cecil of Portage La Prairie, MB and Howard of Comox, BC, and many nieces and nephews. Florrie was predeceased by one sister and six brothers.

A Family Graveside Service will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery at a later date. Forward condolences through  The Family gratefully declines flowers, but, if desired, memorial donations may be made directly to the Lung Association of Alberta and NWT, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 6K2  Florrie’s last several years were spent at the Bow Crest Care Centre. We would like to thank the entire Bow Crest Staff for their kind and compassionate care.

In living memory of Florrie Nichol, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. My condolences to the family of Florrie Nichol. Florrie was a wonderful woman who I met during various campaigns in Calgary North Hill. She was an ardent volunteer and I thoroughly enjoyed many conversations and stories regarding her snowshoeing and hiking trips. She inspired me to continue with outdoor winter activities (unless it was below -22) which I very likely would have given up without her encouragement. I lost track of her when she moved from Cambrian Hgts., but I will always remember her indomitable spirit and joy she brought to the world.

    Sincerely, Kathryn Lundy

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  2. Gerry Manzara :

    My condolences to Florrie’s family. Florrie was an always young at heart member of our Seniors Scottish Country Dance group at the Nifty Fifties Seniors Centre. I have found memories of celebrating her 90th birthday and again her 93rd. She was an inspiration to all of us in living life to fullest. Her smile will live on in our memories of our times together.
    Sincerely, Gerry Manzara

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