This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Jane Nicholson, 54, born on May 18, 1957 and passed away on November 23, 2011. We will remember her forever. She seemed shy and reserved, but once you got to know her, she was a funny girl! She had a heart of gold and loved her family above all else. She loved her husband Rich more then words can express, and he was the reason she decided to fight the evil disease that stole her life. She was quiet a lot of the time, but once you got her going, she said and did some of the funniest things ever. She defiantly marched to the beat of a different drum, but that's one of the most endearing things about her. It seems we never know what we have til it's gone, and this certainly holds true in this situation. When we found out she only had a couple months left- NO ONE could believe it. She never hurt a fly. She never smoked even one cigarette, never did illegal drugs or drank even socially. She always put everyone else first ahead of herself. Including her animals. When Sammy (her new puppy) was sick with Parvo- she went and visited him every single day and laid in his kennel with him, and she knew she wasn't feeling well, she just was not sure why yet- but she refused to do anything about what was going on with her until she knew her puppy was going to be ok. That speaks volumes about the love she had for her family (yes, Sammy is part of her family) Then we got her to go to N. Fl where we found out she was more sick then we ever could have ever imagined. The last couple months went super fast. We took her to the Josh Groben show and she had the time of her life. She looked beautiful and even wore tall platform shoes to the show. Even @ age 54- she still had "it". She did what made her happy. During the Josh show- she stood up and played her "air-violin" as she was known for. 

Although she never had any of her "own"  biological children, aside from her animals, she always wanted a big family, which is exactly what she got when she married into the Nicholson family 15 years ago. She got two wonderful step sons Matt and Eric, who gave her some pretty nice daughters in law- Nikki (aka Leslie),Karen and Mary. And between the 3 of those women, they gave her a total of 7 grand babies. She was always looking for things to buy them, she loved to shop for the grand kids more so then shopping for herself! 

She always spoke highly of her mother, and always said how pretty and social she was. She was a 'daddy's girl' and loved him so much. She has a sister Alane that she totally enjoyed spending time with. She also has a brother in TX. 

When she first learned of how serious her illness was, she went catatonic on us. She didn't want to fight. She wanted to give up quickly, until the love of her life came up behind her while standing in the kitchen with tears in his eyes and asked "What will it take for you to fight this" She replied "Marry me again" And with that, we planned a wedding for Thanksgiving day. Her health was declining faster then then the wedding day was approaching, so the day before we were set to go to the Hilton in Daytona, we called a justice of the peace to the house, and had a very beautiful intimate ceremony in her bedroom with herself, her groom, her matron of honor (Her sister) and her 2 flower girls Phoebe n Paige, and her daughter in law Karen. They exchanged their written vows and retied the knot and then we rushed off to The Hilton a day early for her honeymoon. The next day was the last day Jane was with us. She took her last breath while she was asleep and being held by her husband who helped her cross over to the other side and gave her directions to The Rainbow Bridge, where Levi their dog was waiting for her. She will always be missed. All we have is the time that is NOW. So in Jane's honor, and for yourself, live everyday like it's your last, smile big, dance when it's not 'appropriate' and do what makes you happy. That's how Jane did it, and she did it well.

Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on May 4, 2012
Haay!!! We r gonna do a ALL NIGHT RUN/WALK tomarrow for u!! Best Part is that Sammy comin, it's for u, and at 12:00 A.M there is a DJ SET READY FOR u!!!!
Posted by Karen Nicholson on May 3, 2012
So this weekend is all about u sister. Last night during tent shopping, total eclipse came on. Thank u. And there will be an evil pickle band Sat. Thank u again. <3 x0x0
Posted by Karen Nicholson on April 22, 2012
Sammy is one today. We gave him bacon and hash browns for breakfast. Not quite how u would have done it....... but he knows he is loved!!!! <3
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on March 31, 2012
Hi grandma. I was looking at pics earlier wonder how 2 download picz to my itouch but then I thought Well I don't need pics of u to make me happy, I need memories!!!
Posted by Rich Nicholson on March 30, 2012
WOW ,Four months now.Still miss you and get so angry we didn`t get  diagnosis sooner.  I almost joined you this week. LOVE YOU ALWAYS, RICH                       
Posted by Karen Nicholson on March 6, 2012
Soooo me and Rich are forming a team we called Team Jane for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. I think we are going to get tshirts made and everything and hopefully raise a lot of $ so maybe other people don't have to go through what you did. Sammy is 90% good, 10% crazy. Send more pickles! Love u.
Posted by Paige Nicholson on March 4, 2012
will that did hurt me your pic did drop on me and there where a wirten letter on moms back and it said pickle!!!!
Posted by Paige Nicholson on March 4, 2012
when i was looking in the pics couting and i think i was on.....43....and then when then i said "i see me final" then i lost counting grrrr....
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on March 3, 2012
Hay Grandma Jane!!!! Guess what?!? I went to a BirthDay party of my friends and she had thousends of ballons! I took 2 ballons and Paige and I let them go. Befor we let them go, we kissed them and then hugged them. By the way, I took my 4th grade wighting FCAT on Monday! Last, My Tropicana Speech is on Monday. Can you come down from Heaven and watch me? My school is GrassyLakeElementary!
Posted by Jim Breslauer on February 29, 2012
My deepest sympathies to the Nicholson family, especially Rich, who Jane was so loyal to. While we fell out of touch after our father's death, Jane and I have a lifetime of memories that we shared that I can look back on when remembering her. A miserable, heartless disease, but I thank Rich and his family for the happiness they brought Jane during her marriage.
Posted by Rich Nicholson on February 14, 2012
Posted by Rich Nicholson on February 1, 2012
Birthday today,Will miss your special presents.Its hard to believe you`re really gone, I miss you every single day. Love ya, Rich
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on January 9, 2012
I went shoppin the other daay with mom. And we went to ''HI STYLE'' and I found a beautyful dress that you would wanna were everday.!
Posted by Karen Nicholson on January 5, 2012
Send more signs!! The girls will be here this weekend. And I know U were watchin me and coaching me today. I heard u..... miss u. Sammy is turning into a fine young man. Ud be super proud.
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on December 26, 2011
Hay Grandma... Sooo I went to Opa's House the other day and Logan and Laim came over. We pladed hide and seak together. We hid in your old room and i said ''Do you know whos room this used to be???'' Liam said'' Yea It was Grandma Jane's Bedroom''
Posted by Lauren Biancardi on December 24, 2011
Today is Christmas Eve and Rich is here celebrating with us, having you not here is sad. I will always miss you and thank of you. From the first day I met you, you welcomed me into the family and was nothing but kind to me. You are a great person Jane and I miss seeing you around. Merry Christmas
Posted by Karen Nicholson on December 22, 2011
I made a salad today @ my moms house, and there was a pickle on the floor. Random? I think not. Miss u woman. Me n the girls listened to ur cd over n over on the drive to NC. Huge hugs woman. Phoebe doesn't stop talking about u either.
Posted by Rich Nicholson on December 22, 2011
I went Christmas shopping with Nikki today.It`s hard to believe that tommorow will be a month since you left.It`s not getting any easier,I`m going to try counseling but really wish I could have a do-over.miss you love.Rich
Posted by Rich Nicholson on December 11, 2011
I redid the rose garden for you .It came out really good.I miss you every day and night.Love you.
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on December 11, 2011
Hay Grandma Jane! Its me, Phoebe Nicholson. I was listing to ''Just A Kiss''By Lady Antebelum. Made me almost cry tears of loveness to you. You will be always in my heart and most of all...Opa's Heart. We all love you very much. <3 <3
Posted by Karen Nicholson on December 8, 2011
Hey lady!! Me n Rich put a collage together this morning and YOU are the center of attention!!! And Sammy is doing ok....still digging. Miss u more than u know. Stuff is defiantly weird without you. :-(
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on December 7, 2011
The Lord sent a butiyful gift to this Family full of Nicholsonz. And that buityful gift was Grandma Nicholson. She never cared what people thought about her she was like A bird that does like little scavenger hunts and other birds just stare at the bird and the bird dosn't care at all. All I could ever think of at night is ''Grandma Jane is up there and if I do something wrong she'll
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on December 7, 2011
...start throwing pikles at me'' Puts a smile on my face every time!
Posted by Elaine Dahl on December 4, 2011
Poem entitled  DEATH

The dead they sleep, a long,long sleep -
The dead they rest, and their rest is deep.
The dead have peace and the living weep.
So weep if you must - because parting is hell!
But life must go on - so please - live it well!
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on December 4, 2011
Posted by Rich Nicholson on December 3, 2011
As i opened my eyes this morning,I realized my life must go on.But lately my life has no meaning, because Jane now you are gone.A life that ended to early has made my world fall apart.Now i am left here without you.with sadness and pain in my heart. I put on a brave face for others I try to be strong for my friends, but I am still thinking about you as yet another day ends.
Posted by Julie la Madeleine on December 2, 2011
i am so glad to say that i had the pleasure of meeting jane and visiting her every day at my new walgreens at ft smith and howland since they opened. she helped me alot and met my mother before she passed in jan this year.jane was an awesome girl and i finally got a job at the store, but i am so sad that i only got towork with her before she got sick, cancer is an awful word and i am sorry
Posted by Marlene Leavell on December 1, 2011
Rich, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that Rob and I have you in our thoughts.
Posted by ken@edna thiessen on December 1, 2011
although we did not see Jane too often we will remember her as a sweet and loving person we are so sorry for your loss.We are thinking of you and your family. frends from North Carolina Edna and Ken
Posted by Denise Edwards on December 1, 2011
This is such a beautiful tribute that celebrates the life of such a beautiful soul! Although I didn't know Jane well, I know that she was a special person and her love changed my Uncle Richie forever!
Posted by Roxane Saha on November 30, 2011
I will never forget that beaming smile! A quiet & reserved person, with a HUGE heart & a real love for animals, nice cars, & my Uncle Richie! Thank you dear Jane for all you did for him when he needed it most & for being a sweet & caring member of our family. At times life truly stinks, isn't fair, this is definitely true here. I'm so sorry Uncle Richie, she's gone way too soon.
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on November 30, 2011
I remember this one song......And one part said ''Why do loved ones have to die?!'' Ya why do loved one have to die Lord.WHY! Its just not fair! Well at least she is not in paine anymore now that she is in Heaven.And that means There is NO MORE cancer any more!
Posted by Paige Nicholson on November 30, 2011
Am am janes gradauther and love here really much and she is the best gramother ever and thank you garpe that your not geting a nother wife!!!and reaber jane god is BIGGER then god!!!it fair that jane had too go boooo it is not fair grrrr....
Posted by gayle colucci on November 30, 2011
Cousin Richie,
I wish that I could take your pain away from your loss of your beautiful wife, Jane. Though we only met once or twice, she brought you so much joy and was such a loving wife. She made you so happy . Hold onto your memories for they will be in your heart forever. What a special tribute to her life. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Karen Nicholson on November 29, 2011
Mornings are really not the same without you here lady. You're in my heart- but I want at the kitchen table eating doughnuts. Still waiting for that pickle to drop!
Posted by Rich Nicholson on November 29, 2011
Jane...... Writing this is so very difficult because it means you really are gone. I miss you every minute of every day. Your love for me was well known and my only hope is that you knew how much I loved you too.
Posted by Elaine Dahl on November 29, 2011
I found Jane to be a caring ,compassionate person. The things she loved, she loved completely and wholeheartedly. Among those things was my brother.For that I am eternally grateful. Rest in peace Jane. You leave behind a lot of memories to draw from and you will be dearly missed.
Posted by Eric Nicholson on November 29, 2011
Jane was a great person with a big heart. I will always credit her love for saving my father’s life. She was there for him when the doctors told him he had “days” to live. Those “days” turned to years, grandchildren, weddings and great family memories. For this, I am truly grateful. I know she is at peace now and will remain a part of all of us and our families. She will be missed as a wife, mothe
Posted by Elaine Dahl on November 29, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about Jane's Passing. I met Jane in 1982 when I moved to Daytona Beach from Ohio. She was a great friend and we had some great times together. My prayers are with your family. God Bless
~ Lorie Robertson, Daytona Beacdh, Florida
Posted by Elaine Dahl on November 29, 2011
Uncle Richie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time in your life.

The Protocollo Family
Posted by Elaine Dahl on November 29, 2011
Jane came into our lives just when we needed her most. My brother, Richie, had a heart transplant and Jane was there for him, before, during and after. She was truly a God-sent. They married for better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and health. And they both stuck by these vows each having a turn. I'm proud of my family and how they come together in times of need. That's what life is all abo
Posted by Elaine Dahl on November 29, 2011
I remember Jane and family. May she rest in peace.
~ Lynn Herling Hotle, Toccoa, Georgia
Posted by Elaine Dahl on November 29, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear of Jane's passing. I worked with Jane many years ago at Walgreens. She was a great employee, a wonderful person and I enjoyed working with her. I am so sorry that her life was cut so short. I pray that the peace of God comfort you as you mourn such a great loss.
~ Gregg Eckersen, Port Orange, Florida
Posted by Karen Nicholson on November 28, 2011
I wish I could sing total eclipse of the heart with her and the girls and Rich with silly hand motions included just one more time. Or have her bake cookies and leave the plastic cookie cutters on before she places them in the oven.
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on November 28, 2011
She was the best of the best.The greatest of the great.We will never forget her.I am glad i had known her for 10 whole years.It'll never be the same without her on My birthday,Christmas,Or when I come over To grandpa's house!
Posted by Phoebe Nicholson on November 28, 2011
I jst wish I could see her again 1 last time...JUST 1 MORE TIME...I rember ALL the nurses were there at the house and instead of them doing all the work...I DID!I feed her,helped her clam down,give her drinks,and TRY and make her say things that make sense!I love you Gramdma Jane I send you with lots of hugs and kisses in my mind!XOXOXOXOXO
Posted by Leslie Nicholson on November 28, 2011
I'm lighting a candle for you Jane to let you know that we miss you and think about you everyday! We are still here for you and will keep the candle burning. Take care of our puppies levi and sidney and I will see you again, happy smiling and taking care of our first babies. I love you, read my story it says it all. Love your daughter forever and always. Nikki
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For all who miss her, but shared her song

Shared by Ted Babbit on March 6, 2012

The Minstrels


Holding sand within your hand

A mighty feat indeed

No matter how strong

It won’t be there long

It’s nature to be freed


As it falls

To the world it calls

In each grain a symphony

A gentle cascade

In harmony played

In heavens only key


Every note sincere

Then disappear

Her song played day to day

The lucky few

Were those she knew

When they heard her minstrels play

I bet...

Shared by Phoebe Nicholson on March 3, 2012

I Bet you I was the best 1st grandchild in the world! I bet you mom is still going nuts about you putting a pickle note on her back lasy year! I bet you You where the best Grandmother a 10 year old little girl could have!

(P.S. I bet you i got a qusetion. Are you gonna come to my Tropicanna Speeach on monday???


Shared by Phoebe Nicholson on November 30, 2011

He was waitin for her at rainbow ridge