WOODBURY — Katharine Flint Merriman Nichols, 75, of Woodbury, passed away Friday, November 15, 2019 after a brief illness, surrounded by her family.
Katharine was born March 14, 1944, in Lake Charles, La., the daughter of DeWitt and Marjorie (Duke) Flint. After DeWitt, an Army Air Corps pilot, was killed in action in 1945, Marjorie moved to Connecticut where she met and married Dr. Henry Merriman, who adopted Kathie.
Kathie graduated from Westover School in Middlebury and Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, after which she returned to Connecticut and became a social worker with DCF.
In 1974, Kathie married Robert Nichols and became a homemaker to raise their two children, Ashley and Houk.
Kathie was a whiz at organization and a tireless “professional volunteer,” with a special place in her heart for children and animals. Her community and civic participation stretches back decades and includes service on the boards of directors of Family Service Association of Waterbury, Junior League of Greater Waterbury, Planned Parenthood, Washington Montessori School, Animals for Life, Town of Woodbury Park and Recreation Commission and various roles at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodbury, where she was a long-time member.
When Kathie wasn’t rolling up her sleeves to help her community, she liked to kick back with friends at the Middlebury Swimming Club, and recharge by the lake at her beloved Tunxis Club in Tolland, Mass.
Her many friends and family remember her Yankee practicality (“Whatever works” was a favorite slogan) coupled with a gentle firmness. Her quick wit was fluent in sarcasm, but tempered by her kind heart. Her wide and varied friendships are a testament to her generosity of spirit within Woodbury and beyond.
Kathie is preceded in death by her life partner of 15 years, Dick Hayward. She leaves her two children, Ashley Erickson of Southbury and Houk Nichols of Oxford; her son-in-law, Jon Erickson; six grandchildren, Flint, Loudon, Oscar, Shea, Max and Willa; her former husband, Robert Nichols, and two brothers, Henry Merriman and John Merriman.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 23, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 294 Main St. South, Woodbury. Burial will immediately follow at New North Cemetery, Woodbury. Munson Lovetere Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animals for Life, Middlebury.
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