Irma Jean Nicholson, age 90, Englewood Florida, passed away on September 17, 2020 of complications related to COVID-19.
She was born in Boston, on June 16, 1930, daughter of late Helen (Beaton), and George Nicholson. Irma graduated from Dedham High School, MA, class of 1948. She was an alumnus of Chamberlain School of Retailing, Boston.
Irma’s illustrious career began as a clerk at R. H. Stearns Boston, MA, working her way up to Vice President of Sales Promotion. Irma continued as V.P. with Godchaux, New Orleans, LA; Millers, Knoxville, TN; and Jacobson’s, Jackson, MI. Through her positions she enjoyed many buying trips to unique destinations. Many of her trips were documented in the Boston Globe, including a trip to Europe on the Queen Elizabeth II with the owners of R. H. Stearns. The last step in Irma’s professional journey was the purchase of Babette, a boutique located in Fairhaven MA., which she ran for 14 years.
Irma had wide ranging interests and hobbies. She served as a member of the Finance Committee for the town of Mattapoisett and twice as the President of the Brandt Beach Improvement Association. She enjoyed boating, gardening, winters in Florida, traveling, and beaches everywhere.
Throughout her life her happiest times were with her family at her beach house in Mattapoisett which became her full-time residence. Irma stated when reminiscing about her life “We always end up at the Beach.”
Irma will be sadly missed. She is survived by her sister Helen (Nicholson) Kirkness and husband Lawrence of Englewood, FL, brother George Nicholson and wife Judi of Punta Gorda, FL, eight nieces and nephews, six great nieces and nephews, and eight great, great nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, her sister Marion (Nicholson) Cannon, brother-in-law Don Cannon, lifelong friend Betty (Beake) Butman, great niece, and great, great niece.
A celebration of life will be held privately with family.