Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 31, 2014

Kathryn Mary Nicholls

TRAVERSE CITY — Kathryn “Kay” Mary Nicholls, 59, of Traverse City, passed away Jan. 29, 2014, at Birchwood after a courageous battle with cancer. Kay was born on Feb. 21, 1954, in Dearborn, to Jack and D. Patricia (Walsh) Nicholls.

Kay attended Our Lady of Sorrows High School and graduated from Farmington High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Madonna University and entered the work force at age 17. She began her 32-year career with AAA as a medical claims manager.

In her spare time Kay enjoyed being with her friends and family. She also liked to play Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit and watch old movies. Kathryn was an avid reader and a huge supporter of Michigan sports, especially the Tigers, Red Wings and Wolverines.

She will be greatly missed for her excellent memory, good humor and love for others.

Kay is survived by her children, Jimmy and Lizzy; mother, D. Patricia Nicholls-Walsh; siblings, Bill (Cheryle) Nicholls, Jo-Ann Smith, Barbara (David) Stafford, Jim (Joanne) Nicholls, Peggy (Miles) Bentley, Steven (Judy) Nicholls and Michael (Victoria) Nicholls; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Kay’s life, led by Monsignor Thome, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at 1 p.m., with visitation beginning at noon, at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Interment will follow at a later date at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with the family.

The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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