She was a resident of Cleveland for many years. At the time of her death, she was living in a suburb of Denver, Colo.
She was the wife of the Dr. Rev. John D. Nichols. They were married for 58 years until his death in March of 2009.
She was born in Oklahoma City on Sept. 22, 1930, but spent many years in California where she met John.
Her church affiliation was with the Church of God. John and Norene partnered in their career of pastoring churches in California and Alabama before becoming state directors for the church in Oregon, North Dakota, Illinois, Florida and also lived in Cleveland, where John served in the executive branch of the church.
During this time, she received her bachelor of science degree from Lee University and taught school in the Cleveland City School System.
She was a dynamic person. She loved her family and friends and traveled the world with John in their ministry. Never dull in her stories and accountings, she was a source of entertainment for all those who loved her.
She leaves behind a great family legacy along with her two daughters: Jeanne Nichols (son-in-law, Patrick Gooch) and Judith Moore (son-in-law, Dan Moore); four grandchildren: Jake (married to Kotomi Yoshida), Samantha (married to Will BoBo), Tiffani (married to Adam Swalley), and John D.; and five great-grandchildren: Cyrus, Eli, Kayuki, Ivan and Mio.
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 11, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lee University Chapel, followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m.
Interment and a special service will be held at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville, Friday at 9:30 a.m..
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the John D. and Norene Nichols Widows Endowment.
Arrangements are by Grissom Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grissomfh.net