Paula Rae Geroux-Nicholes age 59, passed away March 20, 2018, at her home in Ely, NV. She was born October 31, 1958, in Golden Valley, Hennepin Co., MN to N.H. “Nick” Geroux and Alice Evelyn (Liebenow) Geroux. Paula Graduated Class of 1976 Pequot Lakes High School Pequot Lakes, MN. She married Brad Nicholes July 4, 1983, in Ely, NV.
Paula and Brad lived in Arlington, TX before they made their home in Ely, NV in 1987. While in Texas, Paula was an aerobics Instructor for Richard Simmons and Presidents Health Club in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She continued instructing aerobic classes in the early mornings after moving to Ely.
Paula, a Mother, and Homemaker first, was a lifeguard and swim instructor at the McGill Pool; she became known as “Teacher Paula”. She was also known as the “Lunch Lady” while working for White Pine County School District in the nutrition program at McGill Grade and White Pine Middle Schools.
Paula enjoyed many crafts and became an accomplished and talented quilter, a craft that she came to love, learned from Grandma Verda Tebbs. She was a founding member of the Sagebrush Quilters Quilt Guild. At first, quilted at home on a frame, then eventually she acquired a machine and taught herself to be a longarm quilter. She was a mentor for “new quilters” young and old and loved to share her advice and technics with others. Quilting once a month with her friends on “All Day Saturday” and weekly coffees with her quilting friends and with the “lunch ladies,” were times she looked forward to.
Paula loved being a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and neighbor. She took pleasure in being near the water and in the sunshine; swimming, fishing, soaking in a hot spring or walking near a stream or around a lake with family and friends. She liked picking wildflowers, wild berries and pinenuts in the mountains and going for rides. She raised chickens and sheep and even used the wool from her small flock to make quilt batting for some of her quilts. She was a cheerleader; attending events and competitions for her children and others, shouting out encouragement to the players. “Can I Get a Hoorah!!”?
When some of the young people from the community began joining the Armed Services, Paula put together care packages to be mailed overseas. She realized the cost of sending packages and mail out of the country might be great, so she started Pennies for Postage. She also coordinated with local businesses to create collection points for donations and set up an account at the Post Office to help offset the expenses of shipping to servicemen who were away from home. She was an organizer, supervising the building of her home; preparing breakfast for the crew and laying out the tasks, step-by-step, making sure everyone stayed busy. She ensured everyone had lunch and lumber was delivered to the right address; even finding time to swing a hammer.
Paula was faithful in her commitment to God; loving to attend Worship meetings and Bible studies with her sister and friends. She had a motto, a rule for every day: Is it Kind, Is it Truthful, Is it Necessary.
Paula is survived by her husband Brad Nicholes and her children Nicolas, Jubal and Anna; mother Alice Geroux; sisters and brothers Bernice Eckman, Arnold “Arnie” (Connie) Geroux, Leland “Lee” (Marsha) Geroux, JoAnn “Joni” Wayrnen, Nicki Whitmer, Carol Jean Geroux and Bonnie (Bob) Brydle; father and mother in law Barry and Julia Ann Nicholes; brothers and sister-in-law’s Kevin (Alice) Nicholes, Kirk (Jennifer) Nicholes, Laura (Quinn) DeFriez, Jason (Marty) Nicholes and Nicole (Mike) Romero and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father “Nick” Geroux, brother Kenneth James Geroux, sisters Gail Milner and Patricia “Pat” Daley.
A Memorial Service for Paula is scheduled for Monday, April 2, 2018, at 1:00 P.M. at the Ely LDS Stake Center in Ely, NV.