Shirley I. Nichols
Hill, 86, formerly of Danville, and Selinsgrove PA was reunited with the
love of her life early Thursday morning, October 1, 2020 at Geisinger
Medical Center, Danville PA. Her care had been entrusted to the Mountain
View Nursing and Rehab in Coal Township PA where she contracted Covid-19,
and became a statistic of that facility, and of the pandemic. She was
born April 12, 1934 in Chapman Township Snyder County, the daughter of the
late John and Jennie Flanders Nichols Herrold.
high school, Shirley met James Hill, a young man who would constantly tell
her that she was “enough to make a man leave home”. They graduated together
in the Selinsgrove Area High School class of 1952 and were married on April
4, 1953. They had celebrated 62 years together of marriage when Jim passed
Jim and Shirley’s
first date was at the Stanley Theater in Selinsgrove. He could not afford
her ticket, so they met inside at the seating. After Jim passed, the family
found a letter that gave specific instructions that she should look for him
in the lobby, as this time her ticket was paid, and they would reunite at
the greatest movie of all. That theater lobby became the place of their
first business – Susquehanna Hobbies.
Shirley and Jim
were very active in their communities. They participated in chaperoning
school events, and Shirley baked endlessly to provide special treats for
many school dances. They were part of the founding group for Selinsgrove
White Christmas. Shirley and Iva Jean Shipe would work for months, and
enlist the help of the community to cut out and decorate styrofoam ornaments
and string foam peanuts into garland, to decorate all of downtown
Selinsgrove with high school students on decorating day. Shirley also worked
hard at making her many homes and yards picture perfect, worthy of magazine
articles and garden tours.
managing the many shops she and Jim owned together including Susquehanna
Hobbies and later Hill’s Decorating Center in Selinsgrove, where she used
her interior decorating skills to help many customers select paint,
wallcoverings and window treatments, while Jim did the installation of the
design, in the customers’ homes.
retirement, Shirley missed sharing the wonders of all things beautiful, so
she and Jim opened Collectables Unlimited in Lewisburg, and eventually moved
the shop to Danville. This shop was well known as one of the largest Fenton
Art Glass Dealers in the East. They hosted annual Fenton Family signing
events and bus trips for their customers, who all became friends, to go to
the Fenton factory in Williamstown, West Virginia to tour the factory, meet
the Fenton family and witness the hand blowing of the glass first hand.
September of 2014 marked the final closing of Collectables Unlimited, as the
shop just wasn’t the same without the addition of new beautiful glass. The
Fenton factory closed in 2011 marking the end of an era for the Fenton and
the Hills businesses. Customers could not enter any of Shirley’s stores,
without hearing stories of her family. She was always beaming with love and
pride for her family to all who met her.
generous and loving. She never missed an opportunity to spend time with her
grandchildren, Terry and Jamie. She taught them all about cooking, and to
sample your dessert first, so that they were never too full to enjoy the
best part of their meal. She shared her love of gardening with them, picking
rocks from the creek, learning about flowers, trees, shrubs, and even
mushroom soil; always reinforcing them that manure makes the best
fertilizer. She even allowed them to drive her gardening golf cart, and
often found their lack of skills leaving obvious marks behind in her yard,
flowerbeds and into the shed.
As a Mother, she
gave her daughter memories that will be forever remembered including
shopping at Bowmans followed by a treat at Keithan’s Bakery and school
shopping at the Lowly Clothier. All special days in her daughter’s life
were always designed by her to be one of a kind. She was lovingly known as
“Mother Hill” to all who were friends of MaryAnn.
She always had one
special room which was filled with her beauty and many perfect touches. In
later years, this room would be jokingly named by her grandchildren as the
“Reindeer Room” for Christmas morning and the opening of gifts. Anyone who
entered too early would be caught, as she would see the footprints in the
carpet. Her love of art glass was contagious, and her family all have that
special area for a cabinet of glass, that will forever remind them of their
days together. They all admit that they have more than just a little, as she
saved huge collections for each of them.
survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Hill Lynn and her husband Scott of
Danville PA. Also surviving are four grandsons; Jamie of the greater
Pittsburgh area, Terrance of Danville, Derrick of Fayetteville NC, and Scott
of Turbotville, all of whom she adored. Also surviving are seven great-
grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Sylvia Aucker of
Linglestown and one brother John “Joe” Nichols of Myerstown, as well as many
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded
in death by twin daughters, Debra and Cheryl in 1957, as well as one
brother, Ray “Gene” Nichols, and two sisters; Ann Blasser and Marcella
A Celebration of
Shirley’s life will be held at a later date. The family asks that you take
Covid-19 seriously, so that everyone will have a better future than we have
had this year.
The family would like to express their gratitude
to the Geisinger Medical Center Emergency Department and ICU, for the
compassionate and dignified care they provided to Shirley in her last days.
contributions may be made to csgiving.org/make-a-donation marked for the
Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation, or mailed to Central Susquehanna
Community Foundation, 723 W Front St Berwick PA 18603, attn: Selinsgrove
Area Community Foundation.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42
West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.
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