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March 6, 1925 - March 18, 2013

After living a full life, Marche Ruth Nicholas passed away peacefully with dignity and love on March 18, 2013 at the age of 88. Her long struggle with Alzheimers was made more comfortable by her wonderful caregivers. Married 63 years to “her Johnny,” (deceased) she is survived by two children and four grandchildren. Her son is J. Gregory Nicholas (Greg), daughter-in-law Martina Nicholson, and their two sons Andreas and Sebastian. Her daughter, Alice is married to Robert (Rob) Montgomery. They have a son, Jack and daughter, Joy.

Born on March 6, 1925 in Hutsonville, Illinois, a Quaker community, Marche Ruth enjoyed living her childhood on a farm with animals and crops. She worked and played with her siblings, Daniel Woodford (Wood) Hand and Joy Lenore Hand, and her 101 first cousins. The family moved to Arizona. When Marche was 19, she moved to California to escape the Arizona heat and be near her brother, Wood. In San Francisco, she worked for Southern Pacific Railroad where her bookkeeping and accounting skills were legendary. She volunteered at the USO. She met John Gregory Nicholas one weekend at a dance. After marrying Johnny in 1947, she moved to Mountain View where she quickly assimilated herself. She joined the Eastern Star, the Rebekahs, the American Legion Auxiliary, and became an Inspector on the Election Board. She was a member of the “Bridge Bunch”, her wonderful group of friends who, like Lulu Mae Shearer and Jo Nelson, were like sisters. Marche Ruth was kind, smart, and humble with a quiet faith. Her reserve did not keep her from doing what she wanted, having fun, and standing up for what she knew to be right. She was non-judgmental, wise, and a very good friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Family and friends are invited to attend services Saturday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos; lunch following

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