Janet Nichols, 82, lifelong resident of Bethel Acres, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Shawnee.

Janet Nichols, 82, lifelong resident of Bethel Acres, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Shawnee.

She was born Aug. 11, 1936, to Boyd and Ollie (Craig) Whited in Shawnee.

Janet was raised in Bethel Acres and attended Bethel Public Schools. She graduated as valedictorian in the class of 1954 from Bethel High School.

She married the love of her life, Jack M. Nichols, and he preceded her in death.

Janet worked for 10 years as the clerk treasurer for the town of Bethel Acres. She also worked for Bell South Telephone Company early in life, but spent most of her time as dedicated homemaker, loving mother and grandma.

Janet was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and camping. Janet loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack M. Nichols; parents, Boyd and Ollie Whited; daughter, Keta Porter; son, Jay E. Nichols; grandchildren, Jack D. Nichols and Nicolette Blevins; and siblings, Nellie Jo, Charles, Butch, Kenneth, Rodger and Janie.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Jody White of Bethel Acres; son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Crissey Nichols of Hallsville, Texas; five grandchildren, Bobbi, Jaylee, Adrianna, Whitney and Dyllan; three great-grandchildren, Kinlee, Hendricks, and Sabastian; two brothers, Clinton Whited and Freddy Whited; two sisters, Christy Carter and Edith Manning; and other extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, and continue through service time.

Service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Stephanie Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh. Family and friends are invited to a potluck family dinner following burial at Bethel United Methodist Church.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.