Jean A. (Wagoner) Nichols-Telford

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2008

Longtime Juneau resident Jean A. (Wagoner) Nichols-Telford died unexpectedly on April 16, 2008, in Juneau. She was 85.

Born Nov. 16, 1922, in Akron, Ohio, she graduated from East Akron High School in 1940. After graduation, she moved to Anaheim, Calif., with two fellow classmates. There she met and married W.C. Nichols and raised four boys.

In 1969, she married Fred Telford and moved to Petaluma, Calif. She worked as a public accountant until her retirement. In 1985, she then moved to Juneau with her companion, Gene Opferman, and together they owned and operated Fireside Crafts on the Wharf until 1991.

Since 1966, she was a member and past president of Emblem Clubs in both Orange, Calif., and Juneau. She served as president of the Emblem Club in Juneau from 1988-1990, then again from 1998-2000. She remained active with the Emblem Club until her death.

Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting and donating them to her favorite charities. Her family said she was an avid reader who loved to travel at any opportunity that came her way.

She was preceded in death by her son, Mike Nichols; grandson, Christopher Nichols; second husband, Fred Telford; and companion, Gene Opferman.

She is survived by her sons, Pat Nichols, of Juneau, and Terry and Dennis Nichols, of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Maureen Smith-Nichols, of Juneau; grandchildren, Patrick Nichols, Kelly Calderon and Lorri Johns, all of Sulphur Springs, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Ashley and Alexander Nichols, Michael and Madelynn Calderon, Katelynn Johns, and Sarah and Shelby Aulsbrook.

A celebration of life will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Gastineau Suite of the Baranof Hotel.

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