Sunday, December 21, 2014



Alvera “Corky” Carlene Nichols, 77, Boise, Idaho, passed away at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center March 22, 2014. She was welcomed into heaven with her family by her side.

A celebration of Alvera’s life is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 Maple Grove Road, Boise, Idaho  83704 under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Burial is to follow at Morris Hill Cemetery.

She began her life’s journey Sept. 1, 1936, born to Alma Monson, delivered by her father, Clarence Monson, in Priest River, Idaho.

She grew up in Flasher, N.D., and graduated from Flasher High School, where she was active in music and acting clubs, baton twirling and cheerleading.

Her nursing career began as a nurse’s aide in high school and she later attended Saint Alexius School of Nursing (now Mary College) where she graduated. Her career as a registered nurse spanned 50 years, starting in Nebraska with the U.S. Public Health Service. 

She had many fond memories of fellow students in nurses training, leading her softball team as pitcher and captain and teaching Sunday school.

Alvera married Riley C. Nichols, of Wellsville, Kan., Sept. 19, 1959.

In September 1960, the first of their five daughters was born in Lawrence, Kan.

From there, the many states she called home included Oklahoma, where she worked for the U.S. Public Health Service and Washington, where she was employed by Mount Carmel Hospital. From there, she moved to Hawaii, where she was a private duty nurse for a plantation family and for Maui Pineapple. She and Riley welcomed their second daughter into the world on Maui. Her young family next moved to Colorado, where she was a supervisor at Boulder Memorial Hospital.  

She was employed by the VA Hospital in both Oregon and Idaho. In Portland, she and Riley had two more daughters and finally settled in Boise where their fifth daughter was born. In 1991, she returned to Hawaii where she worked at Kuakini Medical Center in Honolulu until 1994, when she returned to Boise and eventually retired from Capital Care Center to spend many joy filled hours with her beautiful grandchildren.

Alvera never remarried after losing her husband in 1976. He was the love of her life.

In addition to her contributions as a dedicated and skilled health care professional, she embodied grace and beauty with integrity and strength of character. She was a strong woman, devoted mother and difficult circumstances never held her back. Her love of music has been instilled in her children and grandchildren.      

She loved life and looked forward to every new day with unfaltering hope. Her gentle, nurturing spirit made her an incredible mother and nurse. She will be dearly missed every day.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Riley; daughter, Linda; infant son; grandson, Michael; sister, Loretta; brother, Robert; and parents, Clarence and Alma Monson.

Survivors include her daughters and their spouses, Pamela and Walter Hennig, Wendy Nichols and Andy Evdokimo, Carlene and Sean Rocke, and Jennifer and Scott Zerwas; in addition to her grandchildren, Lindsay, Nicholas, Ariana, Dillon, Nicole, Lawson and Hudson; sister, Harriet Toman; brother Gary Monson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America at

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther

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