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Laura Elizabeth "Betsy" Nicholson, 93, of Macomb passed away at 7:04 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018 surrounded by her family at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.
She was born on September 30, 1924 in Beason, Illinois to Louis Dee and Lucille Parker Kindred. She married Charles Nicholson, III on June 27, 1947. He preceded her in death on June 3, 2012.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Wendy Marie Nicholson and one sister, Barbara Jean Rubenking.
Betsy is survived by three children, Debra Nicholson Czestochowski, and her spouse, Joseph, of Memphis, Tennessee; Kathleen Nicholson-Tosh, and her spouse, Terry, of Bloomington, Illinois; and Charles "Chip" Wesley Nicholson IV, and his spouse, Candace, of Collierville, Tennessee; grandchildren; Stefan Parker Czestochowski and his wife Laura Casalegno of Chicago; Charles Wesley Nicholson V and Gabriel David Louis Nicholson of Collierville, Tennessee; Tony Tosh of Palatine, Illinois; Joan Tosh Steidinger of Morton, Illinois; and Mikle (Keri Davis) Brady of Indianapolis, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Eric (Cecelia) Steidinger; Shari (Dustin) Fritsch, Ashlin and Ayden Brady; Tyler Joshua and Trevor Tosh; and Ciani Marshall; two great-great-grandchildren, Olive and Maverick Steidinger and several nieces and nephews.
Betsy was a gentle woman. She was devoted to family and community, serving both with her gracious wit and and love of learning.
Like her husband, Chuck, and many family members, she was graduated from the University of Illinois, where she was affiliated with 4-H House. She applied her degree in Home Economics to every aspect of her life, from high school teaching to sewing fine designs and creating welcoming homes for family and friends alike.
She loved books, animals, and travel. She was passionate about ice cream. Her apple dumplings are unsurpassed. She was kind and patient, tough and gritty, smiling and lovely. Her heart was open and she will be missed as a wonderful friend, mother and grandmother.
Betsy was active in First Presbyterian Church, P.E.O., Parker Club, Circle, Macomb Country Club and other organizations.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb with Reverend Erin Marth officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the church. A reception will be held immediately following the services Tuesday at the Macomb Country Club. Burial will be held on Wednesday at the McClimans Cemetery in Hallsville, Illinois where she will be laid to rest with her husband, Chuck.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, Wesley Village, P.E.O. or MDH Hospice.
The family wants to thank the staff of Wesley Village, McDonough District Hospital and MDH Hospice for the wonderful care that she received.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.