Commonwealth Journal

Obituaries

January 31, 2013

Lois Smith

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Lois I. (nee Richardson) Smith, 94, formerly of Woodson Bend, Bronston, and Somerset, Ky., beloved wife of the late John R. Smith and devoted mother of Karen Smith Cavell, peacefully passed away under Hospice care on January 12, 2013, at the home, of her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and John Cavell, in Whitmore Lake, Mich. 
Lois is survived by her daughter and son-in-law as well as her brother, Clifford Richardson of Centerville, Ohio, and many nieces and nephews.
Family preceding Lois in death are her parents, Eugene and Florence Richardson of Covington, Ky., and her sisters and brother: Hazel Richardson, William Richardson, Ethel Martin, Hester Elmore, Alma Schomaker, Eugenia Biddle, Irene Sleete, Mary Richardson and Wilma Meloy.
During her years of employment, Lois evolved from a young dental assistant in Cincinnati to a highly regarded dental office manager in Detroit, who was friends with individuals ranging from janitors to one of the presidents and CEO of General Motors. After relocating to Ohio, her employment background included being a women's retail clothing sales person, an apartment rental agent and one of the first lady auto/truck sales persons in the Dayton area. Surprisingly, her favorite vehicle to demonstrate was the Dodge Ram Dually!
After Lois and her husband retired and moved to Woodson Bend in Bronston, they became members of First Baptist Church in Somerset. Lois was a choir member and had many friends in the congregation.  As a widow, Lois moved into Somerset where she continued to work on and enjoy the monthly Somerset Area Christian Women's Club luncheons and fashion shows.  She looked forward to visiting with numerous Somerset business women each month while she delivered the free tickets for distribution. Lois had great fun donning beautiful outfits along with many other ladies who modeled during those luncheons. Her last job was at Lovemore Jewelry Store, where she both worked and enjoyed the friendship of co-workers and customers for several years.

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    Viola Keith Nicholas was born Sept. 5, 1921 to the late William and Alice Jones Keith and she departed this life to her eternal home on April 7, 2014, having attained the age of 92 years.
    She was a devoted wife to the late Wesley Nicholas for 50 years. She was a faithful member at Grave Hill Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School class for many years. She retired from the Pulaski County Board of Education. After retirement she served as a foster grandparent at Oakwood Training Facility for special needs children. She also volunteered at the Burnside Elementary preschool program, giving her time, talents and love to the 3 and 4 year old children whom she adored.
    Viola is survived by two daughters, Diana (and Austin) Alton, and Tana (and Tom) Chesney; one son, Rex Nicholas; and three brothers, Robert (and Barbara) Keith, Danny (and Ann) Keith, and David (and Ellen) Keith.  
    She was also blessed with many grandchildren and all were special to her.
    Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Nicholas and Gale Nicholas; two grandsons, Ricky Alton and Michael Nicholas; a granddaughter, Karen Alton Cogdill; and the following siblings: Alicie Super, Emerine Neeley, Mattie Keith, Maggie Godsey, Bertha Duncan, Clara Helton, Otis Keith, Clora Hardwick, Vergie Keith, Grover Keith, Mertie Yeskie, Lowell Keith, Joyce Sellers, Bill Keith, and Jim Keith; and the following step-siblings: Murphy Owens, Geneva Hill, Louise Fritts, and Reva Jones.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Darry Hatfield and Bro. Doyle Worley officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Grave Hill Cemetery.
    The family of Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Grave Hill Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 85, Tateville, Ky. 42558, or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky. 42503.
    Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.

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