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Betty Dearing Nichols

July 2, 1939November 20, 2020

Betty Sue Dearing Nichols, 81, of Edna, Texas, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 20, 2020 after a courageous battle with bile duct cancer. Betty was born on July 2, 1939 to Thomas Jefferson Dearing and Donnie Sipe Dearing in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Jefferson Davis High School in 1957, she landed her first job in the banking industry, kicking off a 49-year career in banking. In 1959 she met the love of her life, Roderick Joseph Nichols and they wed in 1961. They had 2 children, Laurie and Lisa. In 1965 the family relocated from Houston, Texas to Katy, Texas and lived there for the next 42 years. After retiring in 2007, Betty and Rod moved to Edna, Texas to be near their grandchildren. Betty spent her time enjoying going to her granddaughters’ sporting events, spending time with family and occasional trips to the casino. Betty was predeceased by her father, Thomas Jefferson Dearing; mother, Donnie Sipe Dearing; and sister, Donna Dearing Nichols. She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Roderick Joseph Nichols of Edna; daughters Laurie Nichols of Victoria, Lisa Gabrysch (Kent) of Edna; grandchildren, Stephanie Laskowski (Luke), Courtney Novella (Jonathan), Morgan Gabrysch (fiancé Rhett Musser) and great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Novella and one on the way, Madisyn Laskowski. Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, November 25, 2020 from 9:00-10:00 AM at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in La Salle. A rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM with a Funeral Mass to follow at 10:30 AM. Burial will immediately follow at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery. (Mask and social distancing is required) Pallbearers will be Luke Laskowski, Jonathan Novella, Rhett Musser, Payton Gabrysch, Glenn Gabrysch and Logan Gabrysch. We would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and caregivers who so lovingly cared for Betty during her illness. Memorial donations may be made to Jackson County Home Health or Hospice of South Texas. Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Roderick Joseph Nichols, Husband of 60 years
  • Thomas Jefferson Dearing, Father (deceased)
  • Donnie Sipe Dearing, Mother (deceased)
  • Laurie Nichols, Daughter
  • Lisa Gabrysch and husband Kent, Daughter
  • Stephanie Laskowski and husband Luke, Granddaughter
  • Courtney Novella and husband Jonathan, Granddaughter
  • Morgan Gabrysch and fiance' Rhett Musser, Granddaughter
  • Ryleigh Novella, Great-Granddaughter
  • Madisyn Laskowski, Great-grandchild on the way
  • Donna Dearings Nichols, Sister (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Luke Laskowski
  • Jonathan Novella
  • Rhett Musser
  • Payton Gabrysch
  • Glenn Gabrysch
  • Logan Gabrysch
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25 November

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9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. Theresa's Catholic Church

4612 CR 325
La Salle, Texas 77969

25 November

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10:00 am

St. Theresa's Catholic Church

4612 CR 325
La Salle, Texas 77969

25 November

Funeral Mass

10:30 am

St. Theresa's Catholic Church

4612 CR 325
La Salle, Texas 77969

25 November

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St. Theresa's Catholic Cemetery


La Salle, Texas

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Debra High

November 24, 2020

Mrs Nichols & husband Rod were ALWAYS present at any event that Morgan was involved in.(Morgie & Cass were in the same class) It was always a pleasure to see her beautiful, smile & her constant gracious attitude!! A very classy lady for sure!
Prayers to her family for peace , comfort, & holding on to so many precious memories of her!!

Dawn Martin

November 24, 2020

Mrs Nichols was part of our lives during the time our daughter was in high school. We had so many great times with the families of the girls that Jessica played with, and Mrs Nichols was right there with us through it all. She was always sweet, supportive, and made us smile with her sense of humor. She will truly be missed.

My deepest condolences to her family. I know you will find comfort in the wonderful memories of your loving mother/Memaw.

Nicky Nichols

November 23, 2020

What I remember most is Aunt Betty's laugh, especially when Uncle Roddy would say something silly and she would try not to laugh too loud. They were always so cute together. I love all of you and know how hard this loss is for you all. Sorry, the current situation will keep us from being with you. You are all in my prayers.

Marie Jackson

November 23, 2020

Remembering a gentle sweet lady, Betty, who we shared lots of family fun times with through the years. Love to all Rod, Laura,Lisa and families with Love ❤️💕

Joan Lipp

November 22, 2020

I have so many memories of you all this time of year--the Thanksgivings and Christmas' of our childhood...
My sweetest memories of you all--Roddy, Betty, Laurie and Lisa--is the joy you had in each other. The laughter and love for each other that surrounded you. We know your hearts are breaking, and will for a long time to come but I know Aunt Betty will always be close by. Please know how much we wish we could be there to share in your sorrow, and give you our love and hugs. We will be praying for you all. Love you--always, forever. Joanie, Paul and family

Barbara & Doug Walker

November 22, 2020

Betty's Yearbook picture Jeff Davis - Houston, Tx 1955
I found it awhile back on ancestry,com . Looked the same .. love her!

Barbara & Doug Walker

November 22, 2020

Our hearts are broken for all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. So many thoughts of years of backyard barbeques/picnics came rushing through our thoughts and all the days gone by. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our love to all of you.

Gayla and Ed Beaudoin

November 21, 2020

Heartbreaking. She was such a sweet wonderful lady. Prayers for the family

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Betty Sue Dearing Nichols, 81, of Edna, Texas, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 20, 2020 after a courageous battle with bile duct cancer.
Betty was born on July 2, 1939 to Thomas Jefferson Dearing and Donnie Sipe Dearing in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Jefferson Davis High School in 1957, she landed her first job in the banking industry, kicking off a 49-year career in banking.
In 1959 she met the love of her life, Roderick Joseph Nichols and they wed in 1961. They had 2 children, Laurie and Lisa. In 1965 the family relocated from Houston, Texas to Katy, Texas and lived there for the next 42 years.
After retiring in 2007, Betty and Rod moved to Edna, Texas to be near their grandchildren. Betty spent her time enjoying going to her granddaughters’ sporting events, spending time with family and occasional trips to the casino.
Betty was predeceased by her father, Thomas Jefferson Dearing; mother, Donnie Sipe Dearing; and sister, Donna Dearing Nichols.
She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Roderick Joseph Nichols of Edna; daughters Laurie Nichols of Victoria, Lisa Gabrysch (Kent) of Edna; grandchildren, Stephanie Laskowski (Luke), Courtney Novella (Jonathan), Morgan Gabrysch (fiancé Rhett Musser) and great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Novella and one on the way, Madisyn Laskowski.
Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, November 25, 2020 from 9:00-10:00 AM at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in La Salle. A rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM with a Funeral Mass to follow at 10:30 AM. Burial will immediately follow at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery. (Mask and social distancing is required)
Pallbearers will be Luke Laskowski, Jonathan Novella, Rhett Musser, Payton Gabrysch, Glenn Gabrysch and Logan Gabrysch.
We would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and caregivers who so lovingly cared for Betty during her illness.
Memorial donations may be made to Jackson County Home Health or Hospice of South Texas.
Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

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