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Nancy Lynn Nicholas

October 9, 1958 ~ March 4, 2023 (age 64) 64 Years Old




Nancy Lynn Nicholas, 64, of Spokane, WA, passed away on March 4th, 2023. Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Bob & Hazel Ralph, and brother Mike Ralph. 

She is survived by her husband Steve Nicholas, her children Josh (Skylar) Nicholas, Susanne (Dan) Wadkins, and Rachael (James) Kruse. Her legacy lives on with her eight adoring grandchildren whom she cherished: Morrison Nicholas, Lola, Mac, Hank & Marie Wadkins, and Hazel, Silas & Cora Kruse. 

Nancy was born in Hutchinson, KS, received her teaching degree from the University of Nebraska, and after starting a family with Steve, they moved to Spokane and she began teaching. She spent nine years teaching at All Saints Catholic School, before moving to Sacajawea Middle School to teach reading, where she stayed for almost twenty one years. She had a passion for inspiring children to love reading, and became the master at connecting with kids through books. Her classroom door was always open and she gave students a place to be themselves. 

Her children and grandchildren were her proudest accomplishments. Her home was always full of their friends and families. Everyone was always welcome. 

A funeral service will be held at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane on Friday, April 14th, 2023, at 4:00 pm. A private reception will follow. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Nazareth Guild, and specify the Nancy Nicholas Book Grant. Because of her passion for reading and love of Catholic Schools, all donations in her name will go towards a future book grant for local Catholic school teachers. Donations can be made online at, or can be mailed to P.O. Box 76, Spokane, WA 99210. 




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