Elizabeth Nicholls Obituary (1947 – 2022) – Charlotte, NC

Elizabeth “Betsy” Coan Nicholls
May 9, 1947 – March 17, 2022
Charlotte, NC – Betsy, 74, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 17, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones.
Born May 9, 1947 in Charlotte, she was the daughter of the late Glen Austin Coan, Sr. and Elizabeth (“Libby”) Leigh Coan. After graduating from Myers Park High School, Betsy attended Greenbrier Junior College (Lewisburg, WV, closed in 1972) and Coker College (Hartsville, SC) where she made many lasting friendships. Her career spanned from medical assistant to housewife, preschool director at Hickory Grove Methodist Church in Charlotte, receptionist for a Charlotte law firm, district sales manager for an Atlanta-based chemical company, office manager for an insurance company in Atlanta and Charlotte, and before retiring in 2006, was a retirement consultant for a couple of Charlotte retirement communities.
Betsy was passionate about life. She never met a stranger and could light up any room with her smile. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and shopping. She loved all animals, big and small, especially her dog, Daisy, her cat, Tuxedo, and her horse, Pocahontas. Betsy loved nature and being outdoors. It was fitting that she and her husband, Paul, built their retirement home – a log cabin – in the mountains of North Carolina, where she poured her heart and soul into the organization for purpose. animal rescue nonprofit, Horse Helpers of the High Country, as a volunteer. and on the board, and enjoyed being a member of the Daniel Boone Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Betsy is survived by her husband of 19 years, Paul Nicholls; children Beth McCaffity White (Jesse) of Blounts Creek, Ashleigh Dillon of Charlotte, Josh Dillon (Sara) of Troutman, Sarah Nicholls Warren (Thomas) of Washington, DC and Sean Nicholls of Albemarle; five beloved grandchildren, Landon Nicholls, Austin and Avery Dillon, and Henry and Sam Warren; as well as his brother, Austin Coan (Tay) of Winston-Salem.
A service to celebrate Betsy’s life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Rd, Charlotte. The family will receive friends after the service. Private interment will be at Christ Church Memorial Garden.
For those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (ocrahope.org) or Greenbrier Humane Society (greenbrierhumane.org).

Published by Charlotte Observer on March 20, 2022.

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