Linda Ruth Olsen Nicholls, 77, of Ephraim, Utah, passed away May 3, 2022 from age-related causes.
Linda was born on Nov. 15, 1944 in Ephraim, Utah, to Sherman Olsen and Florence Urania Paulsen. The youngest of ten children, she took pride in her pioneer heritage and especially of her Paulsen ancestors and their history in the “Sanpitch” (Sanpete) area.
Linda had fond memories of her childhood years in Ephraim and the surrounding mountains. As a child, the best place to look for her was in the hills, where she could be found hunting, exploring, and searching for arrowheads and Native American history.
Not only did she love the outdoors and the many adventures found there, she loved to learn and to metal detect for history, and she loved nature and animals—cats, chickens, pigeons and all sorts of creatures that her kids brought home later in her married life. Many family members can remember her sharing her love for the smell of juniper trees in the foothills around Ephraim.
Bargain hunting was also a passion and one she passed on to many of her children and grandchildren. At times, she could be heard planning a “sailing” trip for the weekend. Going “sailing” to yard sales for Linda was an adventure and treasure hunt.
Linda was a proud member of the amazing Class of 1963. She went on to graduate from both Snow College and the University of Utah. She participated in many extracurricular activities in her high school and collegiate years, often even challenging “the boys” to a contest in baseball, shooting and many other sports.
Linda was married and sealed to Thomas Erick Nicholls on June 12, 1965 in Manti, Utah.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas; children: Hallie (Nicholls) Redd, Brad Nicholls, Russell Nicholls, Branden Nicholls and Mandy (Nicholls) Marquardson; two of her siblings: Doug Olsen and Kendall Olsen; and her 13 grandchildren, who were a source of smiles and energy, with whom she enjoyed many memories and joyful times.
Our beloved mother was the most caring, adventurous, loving and sweetest wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend you could get to know. She was devoted to her family above all and was passionate and accomplished at many things.
She was an avid learner and loved her time teaching professionally in multiple states, always encouraging her students and children to pursue learning and higher education.
Throughout her life, Linda volunteered much of her time to helping others learn, grow and explore their passions. We are sure she is excited to be freed of the bonds of ailment that sometimes happen in this life and is exploring new and adventurous hills with her cats, her chicken “Penny” and her mom, brothers and sisters.
To Mom and Linda:
The moment you left us, our hearts split in two; one side was filled with memories, the other died with you. We often lay awake at night when the world is fast asleep and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon our cheeks. Remembering you is easy—we do it every day—but missing you is a heartache that never goes away. We hold you tightly within our hearts, and there you will remain; you see, life has gone on without you and will never be the same.
All our love, your family
Graveside services and interment will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 1 p.m. in the Ephraim City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at http://www.maglebymortuary.com