Heather Marie Nicholas

Born: Tue., Apr. 26, 1977
Died: Sat., Jan. 21, 2012

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Heather Marie Nicholas, age 34, of White Plains, GA, died Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Athens Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with brain cancer for two and a half years. Heather was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on April 26, 1977 to Gary Merle Nicholas and Marsha Deann Smith Nicholas. She graduated from Lakeside High School in Evans, GA in 1995 and the University of Evansville in Evansville Indiana in 1999 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education. After graduation she made her home in Evansville and for ten years taught at Culver Elementary School. She was a member of Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville IN, where she was the senior high youth leader for 12 years. She also enjoyed crafting, animals and being a summer camp youth counselor. For the past year she enjoyed driving horse drawn carriages at Driving Magic, Inc., which is a non-profit organization providing therapeutic horse driving activities for children and adults with disabilities. Heather thoroughly enjoyed her time doing this.

She is survived by her parents. Rev. Gary Nicholas and Marsha Smith Nicholas of White Plains, GA; a brother, Andrew Merle Nicholas and wife Mary Helen of Wichita, KS; niece and nephew, Haylee Nicholas and Austin Nicholas; maternal grandmother, Anna Jane Smith of Schoolcraft, MI; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Lewis Charles Smith and her paternal grandparents, Merle and Nancy Nicholas.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. Richard Chewning officiating. Interment will follow in the Siloam Cemetery, Church Street, Siloam, GA. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until time for the service Wednesday at McCommons Funeral Home in the historic Hall-Thomas House. Serving as pallbearers are Wes Parrish, Ken Larmore, Wayne Barron, Bob Working, and Marty Dyess. The family requests that any memorials be made to Driving Magic, Inc., P. O. Box 279, Duluth, GA 30096. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Ken and Kathy Cawthon
   Posted Sun January 22, 2012
Our sympathy and prayers are with you.

Eddie & Tina Brown
   Posted Mon January 23, 2012
So sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know Heather, however I'm feel she was a very special young lady to her family as well as the children she lovingly assisted each day. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. I hope that knowing that she is with her heavenly father will bring you comfort. Loving Prayers, The Browns

Rev. Teresa Angle-Young
   Posted Mon January 23, 2012
Please know that you are in my prayers, and those of Sacred Tapestry UMC in Marietta.

E. Jayne Clepper
   Posted Mon January 23, 2012
Gary and Marsha, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Jayne Clepper Also Served in 93rd Signal Bde

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Mon January 23, 2012
Gary and Marsha, we are so sorry to learn of Heather's death and know you are broken hearted. It has been a long hard road for all of you and we feel so bad for everything you have been through. Our prayers and sympathies are with you both.

Sherry Norviel
   Posted Mon January 23, 2012
Gary and Marsha, my thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. I remember working VBS at Martinez UMC with Heather and the kids in our class adored her. I know that she touched many children lives, she will be truly missed

Renee and Kevin Hale
   Posted Mon January 23, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to you in this time of loss and saddness. And know that although we are far away you are always close in our hearts and our prayers.

Peggy Brown
   Posted Tue January 24, 2012
Gary and Marsha- I am thinking of you and praying for your family now. In fact, Smyrna UMC has had you on our prayer list for quite a while. God envelop you in his big, loving arms.

Lynn Creech
   Posted Tue January 24, 2012
Gary and Marsha, I am so sorry to have read of Heather's passing. You and your family will be in my prayers. God Bless, Lynn

Kent & Melinda Walker
   Posted Tue January 24, 2012
With deepest sympathy.

Kay McClendon
   Posted Wed January 25, 2012
Dear Gary & Marsha, I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your sweet daughter. I can only imagine what you are going through. May God comfort you and surround you with his love and care.

Alex & Charlotte Neal
   Posted Wed January 25, 2012
We are sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Laura Dent
   Posted Wed January 25, 2012
Gary and Marsha, please know that I am lifting you both in prayer. I am so sorry for your great loss. Take comfort in knowing that she is dancing in heaven!

Debra Banks
   Posted Wed January 25, 2012
She was a kind and dedicated teacher. My prayers go out to her family.

Anne De Angelis
   Posted Wed January 25, 2012
I was so lucky to have met Heather on my first day of volunteering at Driving Magic. Her presence and the joy of what we shared affected me so deeply that I wrote this poem that night: Heather, Yesterday What a thing, at the end of life, such a short life, To be looking between a horse's ears, Watching its hips sway; To hear the creak of a wagon, And feel the rocking rig - against a backdrop of blue, On a plain of hay stubble, With the wind buffeting your skin. -Anne De Angelis November, 2011

Jane Cobb
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
My sympathy to your family. Jane Cobb

Susan Higdon
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
My heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your family. I'll be praying for you

Janette Berry
   Posted Fri February 03, 2012
My deepest sympathies for your loss. I can't imagine how sad it is to lose a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.