Marie Ruth (Nichols) Ankney, age 88, peacefully passed away on April 12, 2022
surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of Charles L. Ankney; Preceded in death by
her parents William E. and Ruth Irene (Cross) Nichols. Loving mother of Ruthanne E.
Ankney, Michelle G. (Joseph) Mullin and Susan M. (Daniel) Katzin. Cherished
grandmother of Emily and Johnathan Mullin, Sara McMahon and Jack Hanft. Sister of
William E. Nichols.
Marie's world was her family and dedication to her teaching career. Throughout her vast
teaching career she taught English, Literature, Spanish and History. Marie was an avid
reader and a huge proponent of developing a passion for reading in children early on in
their lives. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cultivating their interests in
great literature, and encouraging them to pursue their educational goals. Marie also
instilled a great passion for traveling to her family. The many happy tales of Marie and her
dear Charles’s extensive traveling adventures is a great source of joy, admiration and
comfort for her family.
Marie played the piano and enjoyed many styles of music. She and her husband traveled
near and far to music festivals, concerts and theater. Marie along with Charles loved
following their daughter Ruthanne’s performances and studies immersed in music and folk
programs at The Swannanoa Gathering, Augusta Heritage, CDSS Music & Dance camps
and John C. Campbell Folk School. There they joined in song circles, workshops, music
jams and performances of some of the most widely noted performers of Old Time Music
styles and Folk Music traditions. Family and friends marveled at Marie's broad knowledge
and great passion for history, world events, politics, cultural arts and March Madness.
Marie's family and friends also loved the beautiful letters that she was known for
masterfully crafting. Marie used to sing “My Favorite Things” to her children when they
were young. An everlasting memory for her family will be the many favorite simple things
Marie loved so much in life. She loved covered bridges, lighthouses, book stores, museums,
sunsets at her favorite beaches, Lady Bird Johnson's Beautification Campaign, blowing
prairie grasses, lobster rolls, English tea and scones, quilts, old churches, family history, old
cemeteries, discovering small towns and backroads, cows grazing in green fields and the
Autumn colors of the Aspen trees of Colorado. Marie dearly loved her family. Together,
she and her loving husband Charles enjoyed a full and beautiful life and were exceedingly
devoted to one another. A beautiful memorial celebration filled with music, love and sweet
memories will be held in July. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marie’s name
to the Ligonier Valley Library.