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Arlene Nichols, community advocate, dies


Arlene Nichols, 62, well known in the Northeast community for citizens’ advocacy, and as a legislative aide to the State Representative for District 140, died on Thursday, April 9.

She was known in the community as a tireless worker for citizens issues, working with management districts, civic clubs, and government agencies to help citizens improve their lifestyles.

She was involved in water & sewer issues, public law enforcement, water rates, Aldine Taxpayers Association, METRO bus lines and transportation issues, street lighting in the Airline district, junkyard regulation, children’s health issues, and educational and teacher salary issues.

Nichols worked as a legislative aide for over 18 years, living in and concerned with District 140, that included Greenspoint, Airline, and Aldine Management Districts, which she helped to establish.

Arlene Ann Nichols was born in Providence, Rhode Island on May 29, 1946. She was married to William Nichols for 43 years, and they have four children, son John, daughters Drue Miller, Jennifer Spainhower, and Sandra Dennis. She is also survived by a brother, Thomas Dacey, and her mother Dorothy Dacey, and 4 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services for Arlene Nichols were held at Rosewood Porter Chapel on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 12 noon. Memorial donations can be made to Aldine Y.O.U.T.H., or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.