OBITUARY

Joan Carol Nichols

March 20, 1935August 26, 2018

Joan Carol Miller was born to Walter and Kathy Miller on March 20, 1935 and was raised on a cattle ranch in western South Dakota. She was the youngest in a family of six. She attended a one-room country school until moving to Rapid City where she attended junior and senior high school. Her senior year of high school she attended Augustana Christian Academy where she graduated in 1952. When Joan was 15 years old, she made the most important decision of her life by receiving Jesus Christ as her Savior. Throughout her life she testified to this fact. At a Bible camp in the scenic Black Hills, she yielded her life to Jesus Christ.

Joan met the love of her life while a student at Omaha Baptist Bible Institute. Charles Nichols was a farm boy from Iowa, and it didn’t take long for them to know that God was leading them to serve Him together. They were married on June 22, 1955. After graduating from OBBI, they moved to Dunlap, Iowa and pastored a small church there. It was while they were there that their first daughter, Debbie, was born. In 1957 they moved to Spearfish, South Dakota, where Chuck pastored the First Baptist Church for over seven years. Their second daughter, Becki, was born during that time. While they were there, they began to feel a burden to work with missionary children, and in 1965 they were accepted by Baptist Mid-Missions to work at Fortaleza Academy in Brazil.

They moved to Brazil in December of 1967 and served there for nearly eighteen years. Chuck taught in the school and served as the administrator for ten years. Joan assisted him in many ways, including working as a secretary and librarian. The Lord also allowed them to start two churches in the Fortaleza area and assist in starting one in the interior.

Their two daughters were married in a double wedding on June 16, 1984. In 1985 they returned to the States to serve in the Home Office of Baptist Mid-Missions. Chuck was the Field Administrator for Latin America, and Joan found many ways to serve in the home office as well.

In November of 2000, they retired and moved to Missionary Acres in Silva, Missouri, where they lived until moving to Ankeny, Iowa in 2008. Chuck went to be with the Lord in 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Joan lovingly cared for him throughout that journey, and the truth of the sovereignty of God became very dear to them.

Chuck and Joan were members of Community Baptist Church in Ankeny, where they served as they were able. Joan continued serving behind the scenes on the church directory, prayer bulletins, and secretary for the after-school outreach ministry.

Joan quietly slipped into the presence of her Savior on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa.

Joan is survived by her two daughters, Deborah (David) Thompson of Vitória da Conquista, Brazil, and Rebekah (Mark) Lounsbrough of Ankeny; grandchildren, Andrew Thompson (Amy), JoAnna Thompson, Jonathan Thompson, Sarah Lounsbrough, Stephen Lounsbrough (Katie), David Lounsbrough (Marissa), and Daniel Lounsbrough; great-grandchildren, Elijah Thompson, Charles and Madelyn Lounsbrough; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Also surviving Joan are her brother-in-law Dean Nichols (Norma) and sisters-in-laws, Miriam Langmade (Doug), Lorraine Nichols, and Pat Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings, Evelyn Forney, Glenn Miller, Mary Ellen Miller, Walter Miller and Berniece Timmons.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on August 30 at the Ankeny Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Wednesday evening at Ankeny Funeral Home. Burial will be at Reno Methodist Cemetery in Cumberland. Online condolences may be made at www.ankenyfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Joan is survived by her two daughters, Deborah (David) Thompson of Vitória da Conquista, Brazil, and Rebekah (Mark) Lounsbrough of Ankeny; grandchildren, Andrew Thompson (Amy), JoAnna Thompson, Jonathan Thompson, Sarah Lounsbrough, Stephen Lounsbrough (Katie), David Lounsbrough (Marissa), and Daniel Lounsbrough; great-grandchildren, Elijah Thompson, Charles and Madelyn Lounsbrough; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Also surviving Joan are her brother-in-law Dean Nichols (Norma) and sisters-in-laws, Miriam Langmade (Doug), Lorraine Nichols, and Pat Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings, Evelyn Forney, Glenn Miller, Mary Ellen Miller, Walter Miller and Berniece Timmons.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Thompson, Pallbearer
  • Mark Lounsbrough, Pallbearer
  • Andrew Thompson, Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Thompson, Pallbearer
  • Stephen Lounsbrough, Pallbearer
  • David Lounsbrough, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Lounsbrough, Pallbearer
  • Josiah Leonard, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jacob Wood, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tom Nichols, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brad Nichols, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Victor Nichols, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Randy Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Baptist Mid-Missions

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 30, 2018
REMEMBERING

Joan Carol Nichols

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Raul Coriano

August 30, 2018

Chuck and Joan Nichols ... those have been "household words" in our family for over 50 years. My step-father got to know them when they were in Spearfish many years ago, so we have had the honor of following their ministry and lives over the years. There were times when they were in our home when I was growing up. When my wife, Lana, and I were freshmen at Faith with Debbie, we had the pleasure of spending time visiting in their home in Ankeny.

I know Joan will be missed but she has been such a major part of a family that has been a great Christian example to SO many that her testimony will be the legacy that will continue for years to come. Joan Nichols leaves a truly Godly heritage that will continue for many years. Our hearts and many prayers have been and will continue to be with the Nichols family.

Marlin & Ruth Nihart

August 29, 2018

Chuck & Joan we’re special persons to us. We met at OBBI in Omaha & remained good friends all these years & we too were at their wedding as they had me for their pianist. You have our sympathy & felt sad we were unable to attend her funeral. We sorrow not like others but rejoice she is with the Lord whom she served & her precious husband & all loved ones she was a special friend & remember all the special times together!

Tim and Vicki Reiner

August 29, 2018

Our hearts are saddened to know that you have gone before and yet, we are glad to know that you are no longer suffering, Joan. You participated in our lives over the years, many times at a great distance, and prayed for us as we prayed for you. Your quiet courage to face life head-on no matter what is a legacy that lives on in your loved ones who remain and in the ones whose lives you touched, including ours.

To Joan's loved ones who remain: We do not know nor understand your loss, but we do have empty places that those we love have unintentionally left behind. We will be praying with you for the strength to keep going that comes from our heavenly Father, for the calm that eventually comes as your focus moves to the good times and the victories enjoyed together, and for ways to express the love you will continue to feel for your dear Joan even though she is not right beside you.

Our hearts and minds with you across the miles, Tim and Vicki

Melody Mains

August 29, 2018

What a dear lady she is, content to be in the background but helping with crucial tasks that needed done. She would come and volunteer at my office when work would get overwhelming. I remember her support when we would have the big college dinners in May at the Lounsbroughs for the Community college kids. She always had a kind word and smile. How we all will miss her, but how sweet to contemplate that Joan is now in heaven with so many of her loved ones.

Gary Nickell

August 28, 2018

What a faithful and servant example “Aunt” Joan was and I thank God for those who have gone before us and have served so faithfully. What a reward awaits her! Our family is praying that God’s comfort and His people surround you during this difficult time. Looking forward to the great reunion that awaits His children!

DAVID JOHNSON

August 28, 2018

Many good memories of Uncle Chuck and Aunt Joan Nichols and their daughters! God used them for His glory in many ways, touching many lives for Christ, both in Brazil and in the USA. My mother was his oldest sister, who always spoke glowingly of them.
Minha tia acaba de falecer. Temos muitas gratas memórias dela juntamente com seu esposo, Pr. Carlos Nichols, irmão da mamãe. Através deles, muitos foram alcançados e abençoados -- tanto no Ceará como nos EUA.
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me." John 14:6

Melissa Johnson

August 28, 2018

Dear Becki and Debbie,
Our hearts are broken for you all, even though we know Aunt Joan is so much happier now. Just know that we will be praying for y'all and all the family as you walk this path. I was just thinking how happy Mom Johnson will be to have Aunt Joan in heaven with her. Blessings to all of you at this time.
Love and prayers,
Melissa

Bill Graf

August 28, 2018

We never got to know Uncle Chuck and Aunt Joan well but we felt indebted to them before we ever met face to face. Uncle Chuck helped with some of the details of getting us into Brazil during a particularly difficult time to obtain any kind of visas.
We also felt a tie to them since we of BGFM felt like a family and the Nichols and Johnson's made up a good share of that family. It was a joy years later to meet Becky and her family. Truly God has done many great and mighty things through the faithfulness of his servants.

Bruce Nichols

August 28, 2018

I especially got to know Uncle Chuck and Aunt Joan because of their hospitality extended to me during the last semester of high school at FA in 1969. Theirs was a godly home and they took me in making me feel part of the family during those months away from home in MK school.

Nancy Ruth Eldert

August 28, 2018

My memory of Aunt Joan is that she was always pleasant to be around. I never had her as a teacher - but did love her work in the library and how she helped us to find the books we needed for our classes. Even after I finished high school - I had good memories of her. I arrived in Brazil as a missionary a year after she and Uncle Chuck went to their home office - but I always enjoyed their visits back to Brazil. The inheritance they give their daughters and grandchildren is priceless.
Love in Christ
Nancy Eldert