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Nancy McDonald Nichols, age 75 of Forest City

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Nancy McDonald Nichols, age 75 of Forest City passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Nancy was born August 4, 1943 in Rutherford County and was a daughter of the late K. T. and Vivian Nanney McDonald and a lifelong member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

She was a graduate of Cool Springs High School in the Class of 1961. Nancy went on to receive a BS Degree in Early Childhood education from Appalachian State University in 1965, a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Ed. at ASU in 1971 and her Ed. Specialist Degree also from ASU. Nancy also participated in the Principal Executive Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked her entire career in the Rutherford County School system as a teacher and later as principal of Forest Hunt Elementary School where she retired in 2001. Nancy was named Principal of The Year and was recently inducted into the Rutherford County Schools Foundation Hall of Fame.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Sibyl McDonald Grasfeder, her niece, Mimi Kelly, and step-son, John Nichols.

Survivors include her husband, R. C. (Nick) Nichols of the home, a brother, Russell T. McDonald and wife Doris of Rock Hill, SC, step-children, Wendy Anderson and husband Todd of Wilson, NC, a granddaughter, three nieces, seven great-nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service was held at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Burial was held private in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, PO Box 880, Forest City, NC 28043.

The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is serving the family.

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