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In loving memory of
Jeanette LeDuc Nichols
  • February 05, 1960
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  • October 05, 2021

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Jeanette LeDuc Nichols, age 61, of Lady Lake, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, while under the care of hospice.  She was a free spirit who loved nature, especially flowers.  She somehow always found those people who needed a lift in life and was there for them. She was an artist, mostly acrylic painting, a Virginia Master Naturalist, a 40 year Red Cross Volunteer, including as a first responder to hurricane Katrina. Raised in Waldorf, Germany she graduated from Heidelberg HS having lettered in basketball, track and cross country, setting new regional records in the 440. That prompted her receiving a scholarship to the University of Rhode Island. After graduation she returned to Germany, met and married Brian Nichols, and became a military wife.  There were many assignments and three years spent in Saudi Arabia. When Brian was deployed she managed home issues with aplomb. Along the way she managed to get a second bachelors degree and an MPA.  Children were not in the cards for her but she sponsored foreign youngsters and families and they are her surrogate children living in TX.

There were no strangers to her, just friends she had not met yet.

She is survived by her loving husband, Brian Nichols, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and her brother James LeDuc of Virginia.  She is also survived by her dog, Happy.

She was preceded in death by her brother Capt. Robert LeDuc, her mother Monique Septier LeDuc, and her father James LeDuc.

Services are deferred until arrangements can be made for a burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please consider adopting a baby elephant in her memory (but in your name so you can get regular updates) to the David Sheldrick wildlife trust.

For those who knew her and/or loved her, online sentiments can be shared at baldwincremation.com.


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  1. Marilyn C. Adair says:
    21 Oct 2021
    Jeanette was a dear friend from our Peninsula Master Naturalists chapter. We worked on a number of projects together.
    We loved talking about our time in Germany and the elephant sanctuary in Kenya.
    I will always miss her.

  2. Fran says:
    20 Oct 2021
    Jeanette was one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. Her energy, talent, compassion and friendship will sorely be missed. Rest In Peace my friend

  3. Fran posted an image:
    20 Oct 2021
    Jeanette with Happy at beach
    Jeanette with Happy at beach

  4. Fred Hauck says:
    20 Oct 2021
    Rest in Peace Jeanette! You were always so strong in life. You will be remembered!

  5. Linda Boone says:
    20 Oct 2021
    I will always remember Jeanette with her smile and ray of sunshine that she brought to every place & everyone that she was with.Enjoyed going through our master naturalist class together. She fought so hard against that angry disease and truly was a hero to me.

  6. Brian says:
    18 Oct 2021
    Jeanette, I want you to know that I will always love you. I am sorry I couldn’t protect you from the scourge of pancreatic cancer. We will see each other before you know it!

  7. Bonnie Wise says:
    18 Oct 2021
    I met Jeanette in the summer of 1999. Jeanette and I "clicked" and I found her fascinating as well as very intelligent. We would talk for hours about her experiences and travels. She was a wealth of information about travels around the world. She was also very beautiful. We had the same likes and beliefs so our relationship was very easy. Jeanette and I were diagnosed with cancer at the same time and we kept in close touch during our cancer treatments. Seeing Jeanette suffer so much was beyond upsetting. Jeanette was a strong fighter and fought to the end of her life. It was so hard to see her at the Hospice House. We all eventually "pass" but the ones left behind suffer from the absence. I miss Jeanette every day and hope to see her again.

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    18 Oct 2021
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  10. Brian Dickson posted an image:
    16 Oct 2021
    Your muralist friends in Art in Paradise will miss you sweet lady…..
    Your muralist friends in Art in Paradise will miss you sweet lady…..

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  19. Linda Lovering posted an image:
    15 Oct 2021
    Last Photo I was able to take of Jeanette.  Take pictures of your loved ones, but don't forget to make  real memories with them. I will miss you my dear sweet friend.
    Last Photo I was able to take of Jeanette. Take pictures of your loved ones, but don't forget to make real memories with them. I will miss you my dear sweet friend.

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  25. Natalie Delisle says:
    15 Oct 2021
    My mother and Jeannette's mom, Monique, were very good friends in Walldorf. I remember Jeannette and Bob as being very friendly and I always felt at ease around them.
    My condolences to her husband and to all those who cherished Jeannette. Rest in peace.

  26. Wilson says:
    15 Oct 2021
    An incredible life, filled with happiness, laughter & endless love ❤❤ ❤...

  27. Natalie Delisle lit a candle:
    15 Oct 2021
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  29. Carol & Jaime Reyes says:
    15 Oct 2021
    You were truly an inspiration to so many…an inspiration to us. So full of life, positivity, and love. We were blessed to have known you-if only casually. Your light will continue to shine as the beautiful story of your life is shared .

  30. Brian Cartier lit a candle:
    15 Oct 2021
    Lit since October 15, 2021 at 10:49:07 PM

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  33. Stephanie Jeong says:
    15 Oct 2021
    Though the times I spent with you were short, I will miss you very much. I am so glad to have met you!

  34. Judee Norton says:
    15 Oct 2021
    Jeanette, I loved and will miss you more than you’ll ever know. You were my sister in Christ, my sister in art and my sister in free spirit and loving kindness. May you be in peace for eternity and we will see each other on the other side and continue to paint together with Gods colors we’ve never seen before. So looking forward to seeing you again. All my Love and Friendship. Judee Norton

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