JACKON, Wyo. -- Kim Nicholson-Tufte, 47, daughter of former Struble resident Jack Nicholson, died July 4, 2005, at her home in Jackson, Wyo., of cardiac arrest.
Kim was born at the U.S. Army Hospital in Augsburg, Germany and was the second child of LT and Mrs. John Nicholson. During her childhood, Kim lived at Ft. Myer, Va.; Ft. Knox, Ky., and West Point, N.Y. Following her graduating from high school in Baltimore, Md., Kim worked on a ranch in Cody, Wy. She fell in love with the West and lived there the next 29 years until her untimely death in 2005.
Kim attended Central Wyoming College and earned an associate degree in education. Following her marriage to Ed Tufte in 1983, Kim fulfilled her lifelong ambition of becoming a nurse by earning her R.N. degree. She worked as a nurse in Jackson while raising her children and participating in community activities.
Kim adored her children, Ryan and Katie, and took great pride in their athletic and other accomplishments. Kim loved caring for people and fit the nuturing duties of nursing wholeheartedly and with an enthusiasm that, in itself, enabled the healing process in her patients.
She is survived by her children Ryan, age 19, and her daughter Katie, age 15, both born in Jackson, Wyo.; and her former husband, Ed Tufte.
One of her favorite activities was hosting visits by her many relatives that included her mother, Mrs. Penny Watts of Baltimore, Md.; her father, retired Army Brigadier General Jack Nicholson of Williamsburg, Va.; her brother, Colonel Mick Nicholson of Ft. Drum, N.Y.; and many other relatives and friends.
Kim's funeral was held at the Jackson Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 9, and was followed by a reception at the church. Friends and relatives from across the country attended.
She is reveling in a joyful reunion with two of her life's most-loved people, her grandmothers, Helen Nicholson and Obie Nichols, who helped raise her as a child.
Remembrances may be made to the Tufte Children's Education Fund, Jackson State Bank and Trust, P. 0. Box 1788, Jackson, WY 83001.