Florence Emaline Shupe Nichols -
Florence Emaline Shupe Nichols was born April 7,1929 in Doeville, TN to Alice and Frank Shupe. Emaline passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Longview, WA October 31, 2012 at the age of 83. Emaline was the oldest of nine children including sisters Barbara Shupe, Janet Rupard, brothers Mitchell, Glen, Benny, Frankey Shupe and the late Jimmy and Marshall Shupe. Emaline was a member of the Little Doe Baptist Church in Butler, TN. On August 14,1947, at the age of 17, she married the love of her life, Edward Nichols. They moved from Tennessee to Washington state. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, something they were so proud of.
Emaline loved the outdoors and that was her passion. She was an avid hunter for years, right into her 80’s. She was small but mighty and had been known to pack out lOO Ibs of elk without a problem. She and Ed also loved riding motorcycles together and rode throughout the country. They belonged to many local clubs including the Game and Anglers Club where they volunteered much of their time to feeding the fish at the hatchery and the Cowlitz Gun Club where she was so excited about the upcoming shooting range. They also belonged to the Cowlitz Coin Club and enjoyed the meetings for years. Together she and Ed used their metal detectors and found many old coins. Horses were also a passion and many summers were spent at the horse camp near Mt. St. Helens. Emaline always said there should be a perfume that smelled like a horse! Her big dream was to go to Alaska and that came true. She so enjoyed canning the fish from that trip! She loved baking and always had fresh cookies for her grandkids.
Emaline is survived by her husband Ed and their four children, Barbara Jean Lewis (Joe), Tim Nichols (Shirley), Mike Nichols (Mary) and Margaret Worthington (Dan). Emaline’s grandchildren are Robyn Lewis, Stephanie and David Nichols, Ahren Belden, Jake Ingrem, Shanon and Shanie Worthington and the late Shannon M. Lewis. Her great-grandchildren are Alondra and Anthoni Garcia, Shannon N. Lewis, Gunner Cothren, Ahryana Belden and Zachary Dolan. There was nothing more that Emaline loved than being in the woods, walking the trails and looking at the wildlife. She never wanted a funeral. She would tell you to take a drive in the woods, bake cookies or a cake, and think of her.
In liu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shannon Lewis Heart Fund c/o Sterling Saving Bank, PO Box 369 Winlock, WA 98596 or your local animal shelter.