Ovonah Nichols

Ovonah Nichols

Ovonah (Hamilton) Nichols of Wayland, Michigan, (formerly of Otsego and Coloma) passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Wayland with her loving family by her side.

Ovonah was born June 27, 1923 in Allegan to George and Eva (Case) Hamilton. Ovonah graduated from Otsego High School in 1941. She had been in charge of the gift department in the Hardings of Coloma that was co-owned by her husband. In her leisure time she enjoyed knitting, painting, reading, recipe collecting and she loved traveling with her husband throughout the USA. Ovonah was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego where she loved singing in the choir and served as President of the Women’s Guild. She also enjoyed singing in the community chorus and music filled her home and her heart. Ovonah loved being Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma and had taken four of her grandchildren to Cedar Point for an overnight adventure.

On June 26, 1942, in Plainwell, she married her sweetheart, Dwight ‘Nick’ Nichols who died in 1997. Also preceding her in death were her parents; and her sister, Myrtle Hill, in 2009.

Surviving are her son and his wife, Greg and Nancy Nichols of Vicksburg; a daughter and her husband, Diane and Tom Yore of Byron Center; five grandchildren, Jeff (Leslie) Nichols, Natalie (Luis) Diaz, Kelli (Jayson) Bonnema, Ben (Marion) Yore and Rachel (Charlie) Harris; great-grandchildren, JP and Jori Bonnema, Isaac, Vivian, Emerson and Adalynn Yore, Owen, Audrey and Evelyn Harris and Delaina Diaz; a nephew, Terry Hill; and a niece, Debbie (Don) Layton.

Friends may visit with Ovonah’s family beginning at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Rev. Will Clegg officiating. Burial of ashes will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Ovonah may be made to the Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 630 Kenmoor Ave., SE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI  49456.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com



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  1. Amy Phillips says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nichols family. I have so many great memories of Grandma Nichols out at the lake. She was a great lady and will surely be missed.

  2. Pam Hutchinson Kuiper says:

    Ovonah had the most beautiful voice. My memories of the old Congregational church always include Ovonah and Dwight in the choir with her beautiful voice singing. Heaven is blessed with her angelic voice. My sympathy and prayers to all of you.

    Pam Hutchinson Kuiper

  3. Randee Vollrath Kurth says:

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Ovonah for her ready smile and wonderful sense of humor. I loved to hear her laugh. She was a really sweet lady. May your memories bring you comfort and peace.

  4. Susan Browne says:

    I was in the Congregational Church choir with Ovonah. She not only had a superior voice, she and Nick were so much fun. Good times, Good memories. My sympathy goes out to her family.

  5. Clara Howrigon says:

    Remembering Nick & Ovonah in the First Congregational Church Choir, they both had beautiful voices. My sympathy to all of her family. .

  6. Sue Derhammer Kovach says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Ovonah. She was one of the dearest ladies I have ever had the pleasure to know. I loved to hear her laugh, tell stories of her life and witness the deep love and affection she had for her husband Nick and her entire family.

    My deepest sympathies to Greg and Nancy, Diane and Tom and their children. I know how much you will miss her.


  7. Deb LaGrow says:

    So many memories of a special and very gracious woman. May your familes have peace during this difficult time.

  8. Jackie Shaffer Stineback says:

    My thoughts and prayers for the Nichols family. So many memories of Ovonah, growing up with her and Myrtle and my Mom. She was a special person and will be deeply missed.
    Love Jackie

  9. Leon Kenyon Family says:

    Very sorry to hear about the passing of Ovonah. Nick & Ovonah introduced my parents Leon & Juanita Kenyon. They were married for 66 years before my mother passed away. I also rented the upstairs apartment of there house many years ago. Always enjoyed chatting with Nick & Ovonah about older times, both of them were awesome people. Our thought & prayers are with you all. Leon Kenyon & Sally Kenyon-Laws

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