Ann Tolker Nichols of Gwynn, Virginia, died on August 7, 2020. She was predeceased in death by her parents, Stuart Edwin Nichols and Miriam Leahey Nichols; her brother, Stuart “Ned” Nichols, and her sister, Miriam “Mimi” Nichols. Ann is survived by many devoted family members and friends.
After graduating from St. Gertrude High School, Ann attended junior college in Kentucky. As a preschool teacher, Ann taught at Old House Play School, an early childhood program co-founded by her mother. She also taught at Southside Day Nursery. Later Ann enjoyed working at Miller & Rhoads and Hancock Fabric. After retirement, Ann realized her dream and moved permanently to her family’s home on Gwynn’s Island where she enjoyed a daily swim in the Bay. Always ready to lend a helping hand, Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, Hands Across Mathews, The Potpourri Shop and Gwynn’s Island Civic League were some of the organizations who benefitted by her services. Ann was a good friend to many, taking them to appointments, to chemotherapy, and doing whatever was needed. Ann appreciated all of nature, loving the flowers of the earth, the birds of the air and the constellations and stars of the night sky. Ann was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Mathews.
Due to the coronavirus, a Mass of the Resurrection will be held privately at St. Francis de Sales Church. A celebration of her joyful life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hands Across Mathews or Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad. Please be advised that current state-mandated guidelines will apply to all in attendance, including social distancing and appropriate face covering. We sincerely appreciate your understanding. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, Virginia, is assisting the family.