Emmalene Nichols

November 29, 1943May 7, 2021

Emmalene Nichols was born on November 29, 1943, in Mineral Wells, Texas to parents, Charles White and Fay Frederick Smith-White.

After relocating to Los Angeles, CA in 1946, she graduated from John C. Fremont High School in 1960.

On November 3, 1961, she married Milton Hayes Jr. Through this union she was blessed with the birth of her first two children, Darrick and Sherrell Hayes. Emmalene later met and married LeRoy Nichols III, originally of Flint, MI, and had another son, LeRoy Nichols IV.

Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, while living in Los Angeles, CA, Emmalene broke barriers working in the defense industry as a manufacturing supervisor. After relocating to Riverside, CA, she soon began working as a life coach for special needs adults.

Emmalene was firm believer in Christ and lived her life by his guidance. She enjoyed jewelry making, gardening, and fishing whenever life allowed. Most recently she found joy in watching her grandchildren grow up. Her legendary cooking, though, is what many will remember most.

On May 7th, 2021, in Rancho Mission Viejo, CA, Emmalene Nichols made her transition, following a near decade long cancer diagnosis. Throughout the course of her fight, the strength and courage with which she faced the challenge was and is inspiring.

Preceding her in passing are: her father Charles White; mother Fay Frederick Smith-White; sister Francile Marie Davis; brother Danny Early White; and her husband, LeRoy Nichols III.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children and their spouses: Darrick & Monica Hayes, Sherrell Hayes, and LeRoy & Karen Nichols; sister: Gloria Henderson; 13 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Emmalene is under the care of Fairhaven Memorial Services.

Burial at Riverside National Cemetery will be held on June 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Emmalene Nichols's memory can be made to City of Hope ~ Breast Cancer. Please see donation link below.


  • Burial at Riverside National Cemetery

    Friday, June 4, 2021



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JoeAnn Jones

June 4, 2021


You were always a beautiful and loving person. Now you are reunited with Nick and the Lord. Your presence will be missed.

Love JoeAnn and Family

Cat Alyce Johnson

June 4, 2021

Dearest Cuz Gloria, I have been so blessed getting to know you all.. Thanks for all the phn calls and hearing from you and getting letters from EMMALENE abt my Dad and his family. I missed out on a lot of family reunions, but the one I attended with my Dad, Coley Banks Johnson, was a great Family Celebration. I have truly enjoyed our conversations and getting to know the rest of my family. I will treasure your memory,, the letters and all the family info I have received from you and Gloria.

Rest In Peace, Emmalene, you will always be remembered for your sweet spirit of giving. May God Watch Over You and All of Our Love 💘 Ones who have passed over to Everlasting Peace And Glory. AMEN

My Dearest Cuz Glory, we LOVE YOU, and Ken and I will keep you and Family In Prayer. If you need Anything at all, please remember we are only a phone call away. And if you need a quite place to retreat, our southern country home is open to you in Winston, Ga. COME AND RELAX WITH US!!!

Lovingly and Our Deepest Sympathy,
Cuz's Ken and Cat Alyce Johnson

Vicki Irving

June 3, 2021

Gloria, Derrick, Sherrell and LeRoy,
Emmalene was a such a beautiful soul. Always so kind and caring. I will miss her at our family reunions. I am sending you my deepest condolences. Please find comfort in your wonderful memories. She can never be taken away from you.
All my love,
Cousin Vicki Irving

Karen Meyers

June 2, 2021

EMMALENE who I affectionately called Mom Frosty ( because of a funny store she shared with Sherrell, Tammy and I...let's just say it had to do with snow😊)will truly be missed.

She lived a life of faith and not fear. She loved her family and was so proud of them all.

I will miss our annual Palm Springs trips with late night laughs.

Rest in Heavely Peace Mom Frosty, I will see you again.

Love YOU🥰

Michaela Pereira

June 2, 2021

Everytime I think of your Mom I smile! She always had a kind word and made me feel special - that is such a beautiful and unique quality. Thank you for sharing her with me - I believe we're all better for knowing her.
May God continue to comfort you all.
With so much love

Pamela Garland

May 25, 2021

May you have a blessed journey Home Lene. May lots of loved ones welcome you with great joy and much love! Peace be with you, Cuz Pam🙏🌺

Joanne Nichols-greer

May 24, 2021

May you now Rest In Peace free from pain and disease I will see you on the other side🙏

Mary Helen Edwards Clark

May 13, 2021

I just want to send my love and my prayers. I’m thinking and praying with all my heart.