Kaye Nichols

Kaye Farley Nichols

Friday, July 25th, 1941 - Friday, March 20th, 2020
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Kaye F. Nichols, 78, of Roanoke, VA, died Friday, March 20, 2020. She was born on Friday, July 25, 1941, to the late Joseph J. Farley and Pearle Elizabeth Davis Farley. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Nichols. Her years as a young military wife, living in England and California, encouraged an already present interest in the global community. She visited England, Scotland, France, West Berlin, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Puerto Rico, and much of the United States. For several decades, she and her family hosted adults and teens through various exchange programs. These temporary family members came from Denmark, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and Venezuela. She was a graduate of Virginia Western Community College (AA, 1974), Hollins College (BA, 1976) and VIP&SU (MA in Education, 1992). She taught Spanish and German at Franklin County High School and Spanish and English as a Second Language at Patrick Henry High, Roanoke, VA. She enjoyed planning and taking her students on field trips that enhanced the classroom experience. Her interest in the global community included the United States. She met her husband Bill during a Roanoke County Parks & Recreation bus trip to North Carolina. In 2018 she and her daughter completed a 10-day round-trip Amtrak excursion across the United States from Washington, DC through Chicago to Seattle, WA and on to San Francisco, CA and, via a different return route, to Chicago and Roanoke, crossing 19 states during the trip. For several years, she opened the family home to foster children who needed a temporary home during trying times. Through the decades, she shared her life with dogs, many of which were rescues.

She is survived by her daughter Julie Johnson of Baltimore, MD; son, David Johnson of Bellevue, WA; sister, Patty Mullican of Frederick, MD; and her former husband, Tom Johnson.

In keeping with her wishes, no services are planned, and she will be inurned at East Hill Cemetery in Salem, VA.

In her memory, please consider making a donation to one of the following:
The Presbyterian Community Center -
Angles of Assisi -
Roanoke Valley SPCA -

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    East Hill Cemetery
    730 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia
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Doug Sasser

Posted at 11:57am
Kaye worshiped with us at Northview UMC in recent years. Many appreciated her presence and razor sharp wit. Two years ago she read the Lord's Prayer in German as part of our Pentecost service. The Peace of Christ be with you. The Rev Doug Sasser

Margrit Lisibach-Bucher

Posted at 04:23am
Dear Julie, dear David and and relatives
It's so sad to hear, that your mother has passed away. My thoughts are with you. I wish you strenght, courage and confidence in this sad time of taking leave of your dear mother.
I'll will always remember her, her nice being and her humour. The time after SIT in 1979 as I was able to met her (and you) and enjoyed the wonderful homestay-stay with the warm hospitality. Remember all: she taught me a lot, showed me many places, made it possible to meet people. Disscusing with her and Family and much more. Also I remember the wonderful time as she visited me in Switzerland.I also estimated that since we met we kept in touch.
I will always keep her a place in my hearth and will never forget her.
My thougts are with you!
With silent greetings


Sandra Butler

Posted at 06:38pm
I’m sorry to learn Kay has passed. I met her at a widows luncheon and I heard her mention she was going to the Opera. I quickly asked her if I could join her and this was the beginning of my love for Opera. When she told me how she met her second husband on a bus trip then I went on some trips with her. Also she introduced me to the Roanoke Symphony which was a delight. Kay was such an interesting person and fun to go places with. Most recently she was at our widows luncheon until she got sick. I’m going to miss her. Thank you Kay for all the good times. Your friend Sandra Butler


Posted at 12:20am
Dear Family,
I was so sadden to hear about Kaye. I knew Kaye from Good Sam. She was a helpful member of our groups, guiding new people in what to do. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sandra Phillips

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