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SHIRLEY — Dorothy (Minasian) Nichols, 87, a former resident of Acton and Shirley, died Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the LifeCare Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. She was the beloved wife of the late Orla E. Nichols, to whom she was married for 35 years.

Mrs. Nichols was born in Brockton and raised in Newburyport, one of 10 children of the late Samuel and Mary (Currie) Minasian. She graduated from the Newburyport schools, then served honorably in the US Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate during World War II. After their marriage, the Nichols settled in Acton to raise their family. Mrs. Nichols centered her life around her family, and enjoyed baking, knitting, crocheting, travel and trips to Foxwoods. She also was employed in food service at the Douglas School in Acton for 23 years, and for 16 years she resided in Shirley with her daughter, Donna.

She is survived by her four children, Mary Scribner Cooper of Greenville, S.C., Donna M. King and Marjorie A. Halloran, both of Shirley, and Glen Nichols of Lunenburg; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald Minasian of R.I. and Robert Minasian of Maynard; a sister, Elsie Surabian of Watertown; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, June 21 at 11 a.m. in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Central St., West Acton with Rev. Marsha Hoecker officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Trinity Chapel, 188 Central St. Shirley, MA. 01464.

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