Donna Jean Nicholson


August 22, 1935 - June 20, 2016


Donna Jean Nicholson was born August 22, 1935 in Mitchell to Glen and Mildred (Sayles) Rayher. She was baptized at the Farwell United Methodist Church which is now at the Dakota Discovery Museum. She received her education in Plano and enjoyed her monthly get together with her classmates. On September 2, 1950 she married Keith Nicholson in Huron. Donna worked for 26 years at the Fabric Warehouse and for 13 years at the South Dakota Visitors Information Center, where her favorite thing to do was “to tell people where to go”. She loved her travels to Europe, Ireland, Germany, Mexico and many states. She enjoyed sewing clothing for family and loved attending all of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. Her greatest joy was having the entire family together. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Eunice Circle, Red Hat Ladies, she enjoyed volunteering for the  Hospitality House and the Love Feast and was past governor of the Women of the Moose.

She is survived by three sons: Kevin (Jeanne) Nicholson of Rapid City, Brett Nicholson of Redfield, Bartt (Jan) Nicholson of Sioux Falls, four daughters: Brenda McPeek of Mitchell, Mary (Steve) Johnson of Sioux Falls, Jean Nicholson of Sioux Falls, Kris (Jason) Burmeister of Minneapolis, MN, three sons-in-law: Steve Gordon, Steve Troglia, Mark Schroeder, 8 grandsons:  Andrew Nicholson, Tanner Johnson, Kristopher Troglia, Kyle Nicholson, Luke Schroeder, Casey Johnson, Jake Nicholson, Rayce Nicholson;  8 granddaughters:  Naomi Long, Shauna Chapman, Jessie Nebelsick, Sarah Powell, Kirby Troglia, Lesley Gordon, Kaylla Nicholson, Kari Nicholson and 11 great-grandchildren:  Addison, Avreigh, Tucker, Zach, Elliot, Troy, Myles, Chet, Ryan, Alexa and Lily.

She was preceded in death by her husband Keith, three daughters: Correne Gordon, Kathy Troglia, Denise Schroeder, a brother, Bill Rayher and brother-in-law, Jerry Nicholson.


Thursday, June 23, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, June 24, 2016
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

entry posted by Penny (Bachtell) Estenson on 06-24-2016
Brenda and family so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to you and family.
entry posted by Jackie (Clark) Christiansen on 06-24-2016
Prayers and condolences to the family. Rest in peace, Donna
entry posted by Bette Briggs Procknow on 06-23-2016
Sorry to hear about Donna. Went to school with her at Grant. The family is in my prayers
entry posted by Ann Johnson on 06-23-2016
sorry about your mother for all your family
entry posted by Gary and Darcie DeHoogh on 06-23-2016
So Sorry to hear about your Mother. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers
entry posted by Ron & Sandy Soyland on 06-23-2016
Bartt & Jan, Mary & Steve & your entire family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the passing of your mom and grandmother while also celebrating the wonderful life she had. Moms are so very special; her love will be with you forever. May your memories provide you comfort, now and in the days ahead.
entry posted by Pat Helgeland on 06-23-2016
I always loved visiting with Donna in the store. She was a great lady.
entry posted by Bret Stahl on 06-23-2016
Thoughts and prayers to your family.
entry posted by Dawn Williams on 06-22-2016
So sorry. I loved Donna's spunk. Making dressing for the Love Feast hasn't been the same without her. Our condolences to the entire family.
entry posted by Shelly Ritchie on 06-22-2016
My condolences to your family! You were so loved and cherished...she will be greatly missed. You will be in my prayers. Take care.
entry posted by Mike Mouw on 06-22-2016
Mary, my deepest condolences. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
entry posted by J.R. Koltze on 06-22-2016
Mary and all. Debbie just told me about your Mother. I am so sorry to hear that about your family loss. Please be well in this time of sorror.
entry posted by Catherine Ewing on 06-22-2016
My most sincere sympathy to all of the NIcholson family. Donna was one of the great mothers on the 700 block of East 4th. Thinking of you all.
entry posted by Chris Nielsen on 06-22-2016
Mary, We are so sorry to hear about your mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!!!
entry posted by Linetta Lewis on 06-22-2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. The Family is in my prayers.
entry posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on 06-22-2016
Thoughts and prayers to all of you . Donna was a great lady and loved by all that was blessed to know her .
entry posted by Steve, Kirby and Kris on 06-22-2016
Donna was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother to everyone in her family. I will always be thankful of her for taking the time to come to visit her grandchildren(Kirby and Kris) in Arizona. She was a very special lady. While we are saddened by her passing I find joy in the fact that she is being reunited with her husband and children that have pre-seeded her in passing. Donna you will always be loved - please give Kathy a big hug and kiss for me and the kids. Love Always Kirby, Kris, Steve
entry posted by Julie Phillips on 06-22-2016
Hugs & prayers for all of u.
entry posted by Mike Simpson on 06-22-2016
So sorry for your loss....she will be missed.
entry posted by Barb Goldammer on 06-22-2016
I am saddened by your loss. Donna was a very special lady. Keep your memories in your hearts.
You have my deepest sympathy!
entry posted by Andrena Guines on 06-22-2016

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. My prayer is as time passes, thoughts of your mother will bring a smile to your face and the tears and sadness will decrease.
entry posted by Brian and Suze Frentz on 06-21-2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God's love comfort you.
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