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Margaret "Olive" Nicholas

October 7, 1929 ~ June 19, 2020 (age 90)


We are sad to announce the passing of our mother, Olive Nicholas, 90 years young of Lacombe, AB on June 19, 2020 surrounded by love.

She was born to Robert and Nellie Paulsen, October 7, 1929 in Lacombe, where she lived until her passing.

Olive married Doug Nicholas on September 12, 1948 and they built a beautiful life with their children, extended family and friends.

Moms’ early career included working for Ben Cameron Photography, a time she spoke of often and with great joy. Giving color to black and white photos was her gift and she enjoyed giving it. Her giving continued for the rest of her life; always there to help an aunt, uncle, cousin or friend in times of need and aging, she was always on the go with someone, and she loved every minute of it. Her children were seldom alone in their activities, mom was always there helping and supporting. In May 2008, she was honored to receive an Award of Excellence in Volunteering from the Province for 35 years of volunteering for the Nursing Home Auxiliary and 50 years for the Hospital Auxiliary. Her 37 year’s involvement with Eastern Star was also an important journey for her that built many friendships.

“A life well lived is the most exquisite work of art” - Erwin McManus

Olive was predeceased by her best friend and husband, Douglas Benjamin Nicholas; her granddaughter, Erin Nicholas; her parents, Robert & Nellie Paulsen of Seattle, WA; and her brother, Bill Paulsen of Seattle, WA.

She is survived by her children: Joanne ( Ann ); Mark ( Marlene); Marilyn ( Tom ) and Mary Jane ( Eldon ). Grandchildren; Darcy, Bryna, Dawn-Marie ( Derek ), Adam ( Robin ), Eric ( Lorena ), Erin ( Dylan ), Ben and Sam. Great grandchildren; Ethan and Avery, Oliva and Kate, Lillian and Jayda, Tay, Ryker and Nash; her brother, Bob ( Joann ) Paulsen of Seattle, WA, her sister in law Myrna Wice of Calgary and their families, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, mom would love donations to go to the Lacombe Health Trust. 

At her request, in keeping with never wanting to be “fussed over,” a private family service will take place at a later time.


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