Debra Ann Nichols passed on March 6, 2020, at the home of her daughter after a long struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s. She was born on Feb. 9, 1951, in Marysville, Calif., to Lena Ruth and Ervin Screws.

Debra graduated from Eureka High School, class of 1968. In 1974, she married Leonard Hoopes and they had three children — Jason, Raven, and Jacob. In 2009, she married Norman Nichols and was the love of his life.

She was a lady of extraordinary talent who could paint, draw, write music, and played many instruments, but she will be remembered for her singing the most. She valued keeping busy and, as Norman describes, was “like living with the Energizer bunny, she never stopped working.” Her children remember her as always having a warm home full of love.

In addition to being a great mother to her children she also worked as a teaching assistant, managed clean-up at a lumber mill, and spent a couple of years working for AmeriCorps. She enjoyed working in day-care with little children who she enjoyed most. She was also a contributor to the local newspaper.

From Norman: “When I see the moving water and trickling streams, I will think of Debbie and her endless energy. When I feel the sun warm my skin, I will feel Debbie’s love as it warmed my spirit. When I hear the rain on the leaves and the wind in the trees, I will think of the peace that Debbie brought to everyone’s life that she touched. She walked with and had a good relationship with God. May they find peace in each other’s company.”

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Ocean View Cemetery, Eureka, Calif.

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