Patricia May (O'Toole) Nichol

Patricia May (O’Toole) Nichol, 90, Utica, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom.

She was born Sept. 24, 1929, in Hays to Albert and Bessie (Larrabee) O’Toole. She was a 1947 graduate of WaKeeney-Trego Community High School and Fort Hays Kansas State College where she earned a bachelor of science in education.

She married Donald Nichol on June 5, 1954, in WaKeeney. He preceded her in death. She began her teaching career at Osborne High School. After teaching in Osborne for a year, she moved to Ness City where she taught. Together they made their home, living on the same family farm in which she grew up living near her parents and her uncles’ families. She continued her career, teaching English, directing plays, and acting as a librarian.

She was a member of the Tri-Sigma Sorority, was the Panhellenic Council President, and was chosen the 1951 Reveille Yearbook Queen by Bing Crosby. She was a member of the Arnold United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and Fort Hays State University Alumni Association.

She enjoyed to research her family genealogy and especially enjoyed the annual summer gathering. She made two trips to Ireland, one of which she met her cousins and visited the original O’Toole family farm. She was an avid sports fan, especially enjoyed Fort Hays State football and basketball, Kansas State football, Kansas basketball, Kansas City Royals, and Kansas City Chiefs. She enjoyed her entire family especially her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Albert Lee Nichol and wife, Caroline and their children, Jeremiah, Jessica, Jacob, Caleb, Joshua, and Hannah; a daughter, Lynette and her children, Madeline and AnnaBelle; and many other cousins, in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ransom-Western Plains High School gymnasium; burial in WaKeeney City Cemetery. Services will be live streamed online on Fitzgerald Funeral Home Facebook page.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Those attending are asked to respect masking and social distancing guidelines.

Memorials are suggested to Arnold United Methodist Church or Western Plains School District.

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Posted online on September 16, 2020