2023ObituariesDonna L. Nichols

July 27, 2023by SealeUser8
Nichols, Donna

October 22, 1959 – July 21, 2023

Our beautiful Donna peacefully passed away July 21, 2023. Donna was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs for 23 years.  During that time Donna touched so many lives through her teaching Catechism classes, Marriage Encounter, Bereavement Committee, and the annual church fair and many other committees. Donna was an active member of the Denham Springs Mardi Gras parade committee. Donna worked at Faulk & Winkler for 20 years and her “work family” meant the world to her. There will never be another LSU fan like Donna – she truly bled purple and gold. For Donna, life was never about her, she always thought of her family and anyone else she encountered.  They always came first. Donna is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Raymond;  her father, Rudy Kayda, sister, Ann Marie, brothers Patrick, Lawrence and Stephen, sister-in-law Nancy Simpson (husband, David), brother-in-law Billy Nichols (wife booboo), brother-in-law, Bobby Nichols,  as well as numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and an abundance of dear, dear friends.  She was predeceased by her mother, Jean B. Kayda and Bill and Beatrice Nichols. Services will be as follows:  Visitation at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs, Sunday August 6th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Rosary at 7:00 pm.  Funeral mass at 11:00 am Monday, August 7th at Immaculate Conception Church, 865 Hatchell Lane, Denham Springs, LA with burial at Seale Funeral Home.  Pallbearers are Christopher Dias, Joseph Dias, Daniel Hanson, Stevie Hover, Brody Hover, Marshall Kayda, Blake Ferris, Zachary Ferris and Will Nichols, III. A celebration of Donna’s life will be held at the Main Hall at Immaculate Conception Church following burial. A Special Thank You to the Doctors, Nurses and Administration staff of the Amerimed Hospital in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. They treated Donna like family and took the very best care of her. Flowers can be sent to Seal Funeral Home or in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be sent to Immaculate Conception Church. http://www.wesharegiving.org/App/Form/cda5cb5b-21ae-43c2-8054-f0abe5d6e600. Condolences may be offered at www.sealefuneral.com




  • Tom Sylvest, Jr.

    August 3, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    This is a hard loss.

    Donna’s cheerfulness shined. Her caring nature and willingness to give of herself allowed others to be better. She will be remembered for faithful service to her family, friends, and community.

    Blessings on Raymond during this sad and tragic time.

    Blessings on all the families.


  • Steve and Deborah Hluchanyk

    July 30, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Deborah and I have you in our hearts and prayers. May our Heavenly Father wrap you in his arms and give you comfort with Donna at His and our Saviour’s side.


  • Rob Anderson

    July 30, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Dear Nichols and Kayda families,

    Debora and I wish to send our condolences for the loss of Donna.

    I have been friends with Donna and the rest of our family since our time together at LSU. I met all of them in 1978. I shared LSU classrooms with Donna’s brother Larry. Donna was a sister to me, because the Kayda family adopted me as their own son. Largely because of Donna and her family I was able to kick an addiction 28 years ago. So those people saved my life. Therefore I will forever be another family member. Donna was the kind of person who would do anything for anybody, as long as they weren’t Alabama fans. She and Raymond have taken me to LSU football games for years without ever letting me pay for my tickets. Nobody ever bled purple and gold as much as Donna.

    As I prepare to travel from Georgia for the funeral, I have been reminded that the Lord puts certain wonderful people in your life at the right time for you to love and be loved by. Donna was one of those wonderful people that left this world a better place than it was before they came here. What a blessing it was to share this Earth with her for a few short years. She will never be forgotten and will be forever missed. Rest in peace my precious friend.


  • Jessica LoMaglio

    July 28, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    Mrs. Donna was more than a friend, but an extension of my family. From teaching me for second-grade catechism to sponsoring me for confirmation and even sponsoring my now husband and me on the journey to our wedding, she has been an important person for so many of my life events. She inspired me to teach others and grow in my faith. Mr. Raymond, thank you for sharing her kind soul with so many people. I hope you know just how loved and missed she is.

    Jessica LoMaglio


  • Kristie Bowen and Family

    July 28, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    Dear Raymond,

    We are heartbroken by the news of Donna’s passing. She was such a wonderful woman and was such a blessing to our family. Her memory will live in our hearts forever. You and your family will be in our prayers. May God bless you and strengthen you through this sorrowful time.


  • Paul Schultz

    July 28, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Raymond,

    We are so sorry for your loss of Donna. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Paul Schultz CPA and Staff


  • Amy Burleigh

    July 27, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    I will miss our sweet Donna! She and I bonded over LSU sports, especially LSU Baseball! RIP, my sweet friend!


  • Melissa Terito

    July 27, 2023 at 5:14 pm

    The entire F&W family will miss Donna dearly. She did so much for not only our clients, but the people within our firm, especially myself. I had the pleasure and honor of working with Donna for over 14 years and she taught me so much in that time, both about work and life (and honestly, any and all LSU sports). Our sincerest condolences during this hard time, but I do know she is watching and protecting us from Heaven.


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