Willa Dean (Nichols) Brainard, Class of 1957
Dean Nichols Brainard passed away on July 2, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. She leaves behind husband, Larry Brainard, Sr.; her children, Larry Brainard, Jr., Kim Brainard (James) McDonald, Karen Brainard (Bill) Kuhn; her brother, Wayne Nichols (Cheryl); nine grandchildren, Grace Brainard, Rachel Brainard Villwock, Jim McDonald, Jacob McDonald, Emily Brainard, Billy Kuhn, Matthew Kuhn, Joe McDonald, and Nicholas Kuhn; two step-grandchildren, Eric Kuhn and Andy Kuhn; and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends. Dean was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Lovie (Blankenship) Nichols; brothers, Tommy, Richard, and Billy Nichols and sisters, Flo Nichols Mularz and Sarah Nichols Davidson. She was born in Decatur, Alabama on March 22, 1938, the seventh of eight children. As a young child, Dean and her family relocated to Lake County where she lived for the remainder of her life. She attended Perry High School, where she met her high school sweetheart, Larry. The two were married on November 25, 1959, and would go on to celebrate 57 years of marriage, welcome three children and celebrate the births of nine grandchildren. Dean was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Perry, where she was baptized, married and raised her family. She was very dedicated to her family. She was an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother, who put her family first. She also was an avid bowler, a talented cook, a worldwide traveler and a lover of music and dance.