Mrs. Dorothy Mae Page Nichols, was born June 29, 1925 (the oldest sibling) to the late Arthur Page and Ellen Ford Page. Formal education took place at the Gaddyville Elementary and Southside High School, Rowland. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Elizabeth City State University, did further study at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Her employer was the Public Schools of Robeson County for 30 years as an Elementary School Teacher.
Dorothy, a life-long member of the Saint Paul AME Church, accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age. She worked in many official capacities of the church inclusive of but not limited to: Church Secretary, Sunday School Secretary. Class Leader, Steward, Chairperson of the Class Leader Council, President of the Lay Organization, member of the Senior Choir, Director of Christian Education (where she organized and couducted the first Vacation Bible School for Saint Paul Church), and Chorister for Sunday School. On the conference level she served as the Secretary of the North Carolina Conference Lay Organization, and the Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee. She served as a member of the Robeson County Retired School Personnel and was active in civi affairs as a member of the Pioneer Club.
Dorothy married Elmer Nichols, who preceded her in death. To this union five children were born; Janet Nichols, Janice Nichols, Joyce Nichols-Keith (Kenneth), Julian Rose Nichols-Wilson, and Joel Nichols, three grandchildren: Jada L. Keith, Jenna M. Keith, Jaren Gray Wilson, one great grandson Jaylen Isaiah Wilson. Also left to cherish her memories are one brother, Julius Page, and two sisters Margaret E. Page and Louise Anderson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.