Opal H Nichols
January 11, 1940 – March 17, 2020
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 9:15am, Opal Nichols, loving mother, grandmother, and friend passed away at the age of 80.
Opal was born on Thursday, January 11, 1940, in Gilliam, West Virginia to Kelsey Huff and Delphine Holmes. She retired as an Executive Secretary from the City of Pasadena in January 2002 with more than 25 years of service in the Maintenance Services Department. Opal met her soul-mate in Eugene Nichols, and they married on November 6, 1978. Their union created a loving blended family joining her son, Joseph Sharp, and his children Mae Beth Scott, Howard Nichols and Eugene Nichols Jr.
Opal enjoyed all things related to honoring America and our veterans, having recently celebrated her 30th year of service with the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 521 in Pasadena, Texas. She served in many roles of leadership throughout her years of service, most recently serving as the unit’s Secretary/Treasurer for the last seven years. In addition, she served in the following unit positions: 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, and President for Edward H. White, II Unit 521. She also served in appointed positions for the 22nd District, Department of Texas, serving one term as President and three terms as Secretary. She also served in various other organizations supporting service to our nation’s veterans.
Mostly, Opal loved supporting her family. She was our best friend, mother, and advisor. Her one goal for her family was that they were happy! Thanks to her support and love, she accomplished her mission. She lived life well. If you met her, you loved her. If you were her friend, you likely have some good stories to share, as she could surprise you. Behind that lovely smile, she liked have fun.
Opal was preceded in death by her father, Kelsey, her mother Della, her four brothers, and her husband, Eugene. She is survived by her son, Joseph Sharp and wife Diane; her stepdaughter Mae Beth Scott and husband Ralph; stepsons Howard Nichols and wife Jessica, Eugene Nichols, Jr. and wife Bev; sister Verna Huff; brother Denver Huff; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
In light of the global pandemic and in an attempt to protect the health and safety of her many friends, we are holding a family only service on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Grand View Funeral Home located at 8501 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, Texas 77505. Visitation will begin at 1pm with service starting at 2pm with interment to follow at Grand View Memorial Park.
Opal requests that no flowers be sent. In lieu of flowers, she would like for you to make a donation in her honor to Houston Hospice, a veteran’s support organization, or the animal protection organization of your choosing.
- Chris Riess
- Matt Simon
- Jason Riess
- Cameron House
- Josh Tabuena
- Tony Martinez
- Geno Martinez
- Family Will Receive Friends Saturday, March 21, 2020
- Celebration of Life Saturday, March 21, 2020
- Committal Service Saturday, March 21, 2020
Opal H Nichols
Ricky Von Kanel
March 27, 2020
Just want to say what an honor it was to know Opal. Things happen so quickly it is hard to process without allowing some time to pass. Even with the passage of time we will still wonder and second guess ourselves but we should remember lessons from our spiritual hearts and know how little control we actually have in our Father's plan. We have only to pray and seek Him. All my love to each one of her family. Ricky.
March 21, 2020
I knew Opal and Gene from American Legion Post 521. They were good friends with my parents Felix & Martha Ludwig who were also members. I loved both, Opal and Gene and was sad when Gene passed away. Opal always had a big hug for me when I would see her. I know she is in heaven now with Gene.
March 21, 2020
Thank you Lord for Ms Opal, she was definitely a blessing in our lives here on this earth. Just knowing her made you a better person. Until we see her again we have sweet memories.
March 20, 2020
Opal was a genuine gift from God to everyone she met. A ray of sunshine with a beautiful smile and kindness for all.
March 20, 2020
I grew up in the neighborhood and had Eugene jr. And Joe as my friends . I always remember mrs Nichole’s as being so sweet and happy and her and Eugene sr. Was always the greatest of friends and could have a party with just the two of them, playing music and dancing together.
I will always cherish her memories and love she showed throughout my life. May god bless each one of you.
March 18, 2020
Opal was my stepmother. She handled that role like she does with everything else, with grace and kindness. She was a wonderful lady. Now that I am a stepmother, I try to think back to what Opal did as an example.