MONICA NOSS NICHOLS OBITUARY: 11/7/1941 – 4/30/2023
We are sad to announce the passing of Monica Noss Nichols of Mesa, AZ. She passed quietly at the age of 81, on April 30, 2023. Monica was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints and a member of the Dana Ranch Ward from 1989 until her passing.
The life story of Monica Noss Nichols, starts on November 7, 1941 in Rostock, Mecklenburg, Germany, during an air raid. Rostock is a coastal city on the shores of the Baltic Sea. She was born to Martha E. Schwarz Noss and Rudolf A. Noss. By 1945, Monica and her family were able to get to Berlin and then to Frankfurt, Germany. The Noss family were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints during WWII. The Noss family immigrated to the United States in 1955 aboard the S.S. United States where they settled in Salt Lake City, UT. Monica attended South High in SLC, UT. In 1960, Monica met Byron Veron Nichols. Monica and Byron married on March 11, 1961. They lived most of their married life in Marin County, CA. On Sept. 16, 1961, their eldest son, Scott Byron Nichols, was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in downtown San Francisco. On December 25, 1962, their son Collin Veron Nichols was born at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, UT. She then moved back to Northern California after Collin’s birth where she lived until 1983.
Monica received an Associates degree from Indian Valley Community College. She then went on to receive a BS in Nursing from the University of Utah.
Monica worked her early years for Bank of America where she was a teller. She loved serving others and that led her into the nursing field. In 1988, Monica moved to Mesa, AZ. She worked as a nurse for Mesa General Hospital, for a dentist as his RN, for United Blood Services – Now Vitalant, and the last 12 years of her working career, caring for those ready to pass this life as a hospice nurse at Hospice of the Valley. Monica had a special gift for helping those towards the end of their lives as they grew closer to meeting their Maker. Monica had a very strong testimony of our Heavenly Father’s Plan of Salvation and she knew it was true and that gave her great hope for those she helped.
After retirement, Monica served two missions for her church. The first in Salt Lake City as a Family History Missionary. As an immigrant from Europe, she really enjoyed helping others to find where they came from and she loved being near Temple Square. She served her second mission in the Arkansas Little Rock Mission as a Record Preservation Specialist, scanning documents for the county to be used on Family Search. She learned so much of early American history reading about peoples lives.
Monica is best known for her love of service. She truly believed in Mosiah 2:17 “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” She served in so many ways in the way that only she could. Whether teaching in the moment, encouraging others, babysitting, making bread – she made the best wheat bread, or making meals to help someone, she always was able to find a need and help.
Monica is preceded in death by her parents Martha and Rudolf and her sister Christel Doris Noss Sandberg. Monica is survived by her older sister Norma Mod Noss of Magna, UT and brother Michael Noss of Granger, UT. Monica is survived by her two sons; Scott and Carolee L. Nichols and their 3 children: Trevor and Alyssa G. Nichols and their 4 boys – Brody (10), Jace (10), Maxon (8) and Beckam (5); Travis and Janessa T. Nichols and their children Krew (7) and Livi (5); and Tracie Lynn Nichols; Monica’s youngest son Collin and Emily S. Nichols and their two boys – Connor Jacob Nichols and Bennett Slater Nichols.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1266 S. 32nd St., Mesa, AZ 85204 at 11:00 am. Visitation will start at 9:30 am.
Monica will be laid to rest at Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 2:00 pm, located at 6500 S. Redwood Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84123.
All are invited to both the funeral and burial.
Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.