Barbara W. Nichols, 76, secretary and homemaker

March 16, 2004

Barbara W. Nichols, a former secretary and homemaker, died of emphysema Saturday at her Elkridge home. She was 76.

She was born Barbara Whitman in upstate New York and raised in Laurel. After graduating from Laurel High School, she went to work as a secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville.

She stopped working to raise her family after her 1947 marriage to Roland L. Nichols Jr. Mr. Nichols, a partner in Nichols Realty, died in 1979.

Mrs. Nichols later returned to work in the early 1980s as a secretary at the National Wildlife Federation preserve in Howard County. She retired in the 1990s.

She enjoyed making crafts and was especially known for her silk flower baskets, wreaths. centerpieces and wall decorations, which she sold or gave away to family and friends. She also was an avid reader of history and romance novels.

Services are private.

Mrs. Nichols is survived by two sons, Timothy P. Nichols of Elkridge and Roland L. Nichols III of Odenton; a daughter, Barbara Denise Balazs of Columbia; a brother, Jack Whitman of Annapolis; a sister, Mary Medlin of Laurel; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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