Vivian Beatrice Nichols
June 12, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dallas and Lou Etta Halsel; her husband, Lorenzo (Ren) Nichols; her five sisters and one brother.
She is survived by her son, Cranz Nichols, and wife, Elizabeth, of Burnet; grandsons Lorenzo Nichols and Ian Nichols of Kerrville; several nieces and nephews, and three step great-grandchildren. Vivian was a Baptist and active in the First Baptist Church of Burnet.
Vivian was born in Devine in 1915. She graduated from San Marcos High School in 1933 and trained as a beautician. She moved to Burnet and stayed in the Burnet Hotel while working nearby at Mrs. Ratliff’s beauty shop. She married Ren Nichols on Christmas Day in 1935.
After the war, she opened her own business on the south side of the square. In the early 1950s, she and Ren built her own shop on North Pierce. That business was successful and operated until destroyed by the tornado of 1973. She continued to work out of her home for several years before retiring to enjoy traveling, gardening and their lake house on Lake Buchanan.
She cared for her husband at home until he died in 1999. She also helped care for sisters Melba, Cleo and Dixie.
Vivian loved Burnet and always shopped in Burnet first. She supported the Burnet Heritage Society and enjoyed Fort Crogan Days each fall. She often said, "I’ve been here so long, people think I’m a native!”
She was 98.
The family thanks her loyal friend Zola Fisher for her loving care. They also appreciate the respect and numerous kindnesses of the Nurse’s Aides, RNs and staff at the Oaks Nursing Center.
Services were held at Edgar Funeral Home in Marble Falls on Monday, June 24. Interment was at Post Mountain Cemetery. Memorials in her name can be made to a favorite charity.
Friends can express their condolences at edgarfh.com.
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