Murphy Andrew Nichols, “Our Little Big Man,” age 3, died after an ATV accident Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell, Idaho. Services were under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel.
Murphy was born March 30, 2000, in Nampa, to Curt and Cynde Nichols. He was a vivacious, beautiful child, with the world by the tail, who loved his short life to the fullest. He enjoyed fishing and camping, golfing with Grandpa Chub and riding the 4-wheeler with Daddy. He wanted to ride Grandma’s horses, but wasn’t quite brave enough yet! He was best buddy to his brother’s Jake and Luke, and anyone else who happened to meet him. He never met a stranger. He liked to bake cookies with Grandma Donna and swim in her pool. With big, sparkling eyes and a captivating smile, he won everyone’s heart.
Murphy is survived by his parents, Curt and Cynde Nichols; grandparents, Chub and Donna Wood and Gary and Cleoria Glenn and Carol Kessel; great-grand-mother, Valoria McCullough of Haines; brothers, Lucas and Jake; sister, Jenne, McKenze and Karlie; his aunts and uncles, Dick and Debbie Clem, Curtis Kessel, Tami Dixon, Tim and Tammy Karren, Lori Leonard, Dave and Toni Nichols, Jerry and Suzanne Nichols, and Jason Kessel; and many nieces, cousins, second cousins and several great aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his Grandpa Darwin Kessel, Grandpa Robert Nichols, and great-grandparents, Pa and Mimi Hoagland.
We love you without end, Murph. You shot for the stars and there was never any doubt from any of us that you would reach them. Grandpa. (Submitted by Mary Rider)
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, September, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor