Dorothy Etta Thomas Pace Nichols, 102, of Columbia, passed away peacefully at Boone Hospital Center on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Visitation will take place 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at Memorial Funeral Home with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on May 17, 1915 in Englewood to Proctor and Ella (Pitts) Pace.

Being the first girl of seven siblings, Dorothy was expected to help her mother cook, do chores’ and watch the younger ones from a very young age. She grew up in the Ashland/Englewood area.

On May 16, 1936, she married the love of her life, Glynn Nichols, who preceded her in death in 1970.

Together they owned and operated several neighborhood grocery stores in Columbia from the 1940’s to the 1970’s. She also worked part-time at Jesse Hall at the University in her later years.

Dorothy always enjoyed working in her yard, planting flowers and playing bridge with different groups of her friends. She also treasured her time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by son, Ed (Janice) Nichols; grandsons, Scott Nichols and Derek (Sammui) Nichols; granddaughter, Sarah Schupp; three great-grandchildren, Caleb Nichols, Emily Nichols and Tanner Schupp; three sisters, Ella Mae Glascock and Pauline White both of Ashland, and Roberta Gardner of Columbia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glynn; son, Doug; two brothers, M. D. Pace and Lahman Pace; and sister, Della Faye Pauley.

Online condolences may be made at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.