Betty (Deaton) Nichols, 80, of Poteau died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. Betty was born June 21, 1933, in Poteau to Bill and Blanche Deaton. Betty graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in education. She was a retired science teacher of 22 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Poteau. She was honored as Poteau and Regional Teacher of the Year, Teacher of Excellence, inducted into the Oklahoma Science and Engineering Science Fair Hall of Fame and a member of DKG International Society. She served as an active member of the board and as president for several years at Treasure Lake Resort in Branson, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Billie Florence Humphries and brothers, Leon and Jay Deaton.
She is survived by her husband, Ollen Odean "Double O" Nichols of Poteau; children, Richard, Ronnie and Randy Nichols and Rhonda Hargis; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other family and friends.
Services will be 10 am, Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the First Baptist Church, Poteau, with the Revs. Clayton Griggs and Phil McGehee officiating. Burial will be in Vaughn Cemetery.
The family will visit with relatives and friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Evans and Miller Funeral Home.
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