WEST POINT – Merlaine Young Nichols, 96, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in Tupelo. She was born July 10, 1917, in Nettleton in Lee County to Winnie Isabella Coggin and Henry Juette Young. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church. She loved to sew and shared her talent for many years doing private seamstress work and repairing clothing items. She loved to cook and was an excellent country cook. She married Walter Lee Nichols on Sept. 25, 1938, in Egypt. Had she lived until September; they would have been married for 75 years.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Garden Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Lee Nichols; one son, Ralph Nichols (Priscilla) of West Point; two grandchildren, Douglas Nichols and Angela Knowles (Alan); and two great-grandchildren, Ember Knowles and Lyndsey Knowles; her great-grandson, Thailer Nichols.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Alford, Eddie Alford, Richard Milstead, Frank George, Mal Young and Harry Stevens. Honorary pallbearers will be North Mississippi Medical Center- West Point ER doctors and staff ,and North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo CCU doctors and staff.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home. The body will lie at the church from 9:30 a. m. until service time.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.