Desi V Nichols
July 5, 1948 - February 1, 2024

Desi V. Nichols, a dedicated and accomplished individual, has departed from this world at the age of 75, leaving behind a legacy of love, strength, and inspiration. Born on July 5, 1948, in Virginia, Desi’s journey on this Earth ended on February 1, 2024, also in Virginia. Though deeply mourned, her memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

Desi’s life was filled with remarkable achievements and contributions to her community. Throughout her career, she held various positions that showcased her passion for helping others. Having retired as the Director of Labor Relations at United Way, Desi made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals. Prior to this, She gained skills and knowledge at IBM that she put to use in the opening of Dam Neck Naval Base; she served as a Central & Pacific telephone operator and worked through the ranks, and also worked as a paralegal, using her skills and knowledge to support those in need.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Desi had a zest for life that extended beyond the workplace. She found joy and relaxation in pursuits such as golfing and bowling, always embracing new challenges and opportunities for growth. Desi’s commitment to her passions reflected her innate determination and resilience.

Education held great importance in Desi’s life, and she proudly graduated from Craddock High School in 1966. Additionally, she was an active member of CWA Local 2022, Retired Members Club, cherishing the bond she formed with fellow members. Desi’s involvement and dedication to these organizations exemplified her unwavering support for causes close to her heart.

Desi’s love and devotion extended to her family and friends, who will forever cherish the memories they shared together. She leaves behind her beloved daughter, Brandy Nichols, as well as numerous cousins who were touched by her kindness and compassion.

To honor Desi’s life and pay tribute to the incredible woman she was, a memorial service will be held on February 22, 2024, at 12 pm at Freedom Baptist Church, located at 308 Centerville Turnpike N, Chesapeake, VA 23320. This gathering will provide an opportunity for all those who were touched by Desi’s presence to come together, celebrate her life, and find solace in each other’s company.

Desi V. Nichols was a shining example of perseverance, dedication, and love. Her impact on the lives she touched will continue to inspire and uplift for generations to come. As we bid farewell to this remarkable soul, may we carry her spirit within us and strive to make a positive difference in the world, just as Desi did throughout her extraordinary life.

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  • Wayne Ross Posted February 16, 2024 1:32 pm

    This is sad to hear, and wish we didn’t lose touch over the years. She was a wonderful mother in law. Enjoy are time that we spent together. Blessings to her family.

  • Faye Kelleher Posted February 16, 2024 2:39 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Desi at the telephone company for many years. Prayers to her Family and Friends.

  • Phyllis Malone Posted February 16, 2024 4:57 pm

    Memory is a special place in our hearts where we can find comfort in treasured thoughts of those we hold dear. May it help to know others care deeply . I worked with Desi for many years at the phone company and I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Stephanie Pazur Posted February 16, 2024 6:19 pm

    Rest in peace Desi. Thank you for always supporting the labor movement and the unions that it represented. I will miss our coffee chats at the office. My condolences to the family.
    Stephanie Pazur CWA Local 2201(formally2202)

  • Vernis Barr Posted February 17, 2024 7:26 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. In addition to working with Desi, we were neighbors. She was a good friend. Rest in peace.

  • George E. Hancock, Jr Posted February 17, 2024 3:09 pm

    I was introduced to Desi when I was elected to lead the Iron Workers’ local union and became involved with the AFL-CIO labor council. Desi was the director of the United Way Labor Agency and as such, she helped me transition from a worker to a labor representative. In her role, she helped many of my members when they needed some financial assistance, but did it in such a way as to not make them feel bad about accepting help. She took an active role in many of our endeavors to help our community. I am so sorry to hear of her passing but just know she was appreciated.

  • Betty Tribble Posted February 17, 2024 11:52 pm

    So sorry to hear, Desi was a dear friend at C & P Telephone and later United Way. Rest in Peace Prayers for her and Family.

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