Judy Marie Nichols, 79, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on November 9, 2023.
Service and Viewing will be held at 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 15, 2023, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, Texas.
Judy was born in Madill, Oklahoma on December 25, 1943, to Ira Thomas and Odessa Levine Kirkland.
She attended school in Vega, TX and graduated with an Education degree from West Texas State University in Canyon in 1973. She was a faithful Christian, teaching Sunday school classes and leading women’s prayer groups. Judy was a devoted public-school teacher. She taught in several schools such as Dumas, Karnes City, Levelland, Clayton, NM, Kerrville, River Road, and Amarillo. Judy was named Teacher of the Year by Amarillo ISD in 2004. Her dedication throughout her 38 years in education influenced hundreds of young lives. Even in her declining health, she remained a social butterfly and never lost her sense of humor. She loved watching and rooting for her favorite teams the Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs and working puzzles. Her greatest pride and joy was spending time with her family, especially her 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 4 brothers. Although we are heartbroken by her absence, we take comfort knowing that she is whole again and rejoicing in her heavenly home.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ira and Odessa Kirkland.
She is survived by her son Randy (Jo Beth) Nichols of Sundown, her daughter Mona (Chris) Smith of Amarillo, her granddaughters Emilee (Slayden) Watson of Amarillo, Abigail Nichols of Ft. Worth, Lauren Nichols of Charleston, South Carolina, her grandson Matthew (Nicole) Nichols of Princeton, Texas, brothers Richard (Sharon) Kirkland of Amarillo, Lester (Frances) Kirkland of Vega, Perry (Melanie) Kirkland of Vega, and Larry Joe (Jessica) Kirkland of Levelland, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.