The Curry Coastal Pilot

Cynthia Marie Nichols, of Gold Beach, died Jan. 16, 2012, in Ventura, Calif.

Called Cynthia by her family, she was known as Cindy to many of her friends.

She was a strong, tenacious and passionately caring woman. To the end she was most concerned about the people in her life who would need to carry on after she was gone.

Cynthia loved the world and traveled extensively, with her husband Rob or her travel buddies, guided only by a copy of the appropriate "Lonely Planet" travel guide. She enjoyed great adventures in Indonesia, Australia, Fiji, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Marshall Islands, among other tropical spots.

For 18 years she helped build Patagonia sportswear and gear into a major force in the outdoor industry. She was responsible for the needs of all of the large accounts in the early days of the company and was key in planning, staffing and opening new Patagonia retail stores throughout the United States.

After retiring from Patagonia she and Rob moved to Gold Beach, where they have resided for 17 years. Together they formed a formidable design and construction team. With their combined talents they built many beautiful custom homes in the Gold Beach area.

She dedicated her spare time to Curry County Animal Shelter in Gold Beach, helping rescue and care for abandoned pets. She began a successful fundraising campaign she named "Pennies for Pooches," which is a significant source of funding for the shelter today.

Cynthia always made family and friends the center of her universe and was able to accomplish so many things due to her boundless energy and zest for life.

She was taken from Rob, her husband of 33 years, her family and friends all too soon.

A celebration of life will be at noon, Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Embassy Suites, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, in Oxnard, Calif.

Another celebration of life to be in Gold Beach will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Cynthia's name to Pennies for Pooches, P.O. Box 1883, Gold Beach, OR. 97444

Submitted by the family.