Obituary: Marlys Rae Nichols

Marlys was born on October 8, 1949 to parents Harry and Betty
Marlys Rae Nichols
Posted at 3:22 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 17:22:02-04

Marlys Nichols, loving mother and grandmother, died peacefully at the age of 69, on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Marlys was a ranch wife in the Geraldine community for many years, and resident of Great Falls since 1998.

Marlys was born on October 8, 1949 to parents Harry and Betty (Engellant) Nichols, who made their home on a family farm east of Geraldine. Marlys later attended school in Geraldine, Fort Shaw, and Great Falls, where she lived with her mother, a teacher, and younger sister Brenda.

On March 22, 1967, Marlys married Jerry Wilda. The marriage was blessed with six children: Sharlo, Timothy, Amy, James, Karen, and Holly.

Marlys dearly loved raising her children on the family ranch. She found great joy in motherhood, and was grateful for the work of tending her garden, milking cows, and all of the tasks that accompanied farm life. Family and friends always looked forward to gathering around her lovely Sunday dinner table to savor her classic ranch-style meals, artisan breads, and pies.

Marlys worked at United Materials after moving to Great Falls. She liked her job, and was beloved by those she worked with. She remained with the company for well over a decade, until she retired.

Marlys was known for her warm smile and kindness to all. Countless times, her children have been told, “Your mom is the kindest person I know.”

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