Betsey Nichols, originally of Mabel, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the age of 80, after a protracted battle with cancer.
Betsey received her Bachelor’s in French from the University of Minnesota and taught in Houston, Tex., before moving back to Mabel to start a family with her husband Jimmy Nichols. She went on to receive her Master’s in Special Education from Winona State University and taught in the Mabel-Canton school district until her retirement in 2001.
Betsey volunteered regularly in her community and church. An avid reader, she was especially passionate about volunteering with her local libraries. She also loved to travel, visiting all seven continents.
A loving and gracious woman with innumerable friends, she lived her life in conformity to the teachings of her Lord and Savior. Her compassion towards all reflected a deep-seated faith in the commandment to love.
Betsey is survived by her sister Susan Wilson (Dave) of Naples, her husband Jimmy of 58 years ,and their sons Ward (Susan) of St. Paul, Minn., Tim of South St. Paul, Minn., Andrew (Anna) of Crystal, Minn., Matt (Jennifer) of Buffalo, Minn.; and numerous grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Don and Virginia Tollefson of Mabel, her sister Nancy Gunther (Richard) of Swansea, Mass., and infant son Craig.
Services will be held in summer 2020 in Mabel.