Jan. 2, 1948

Jennifer Ann Crye Nichols, 72, passed away peacefully at her home June 2, 2020, surrounded by family.

Jennifer, the oldest of five children, was born Jan. 2, 1948, in Mannheim, Germany, to James and Renate Crye. She relocated with her family to Anchorage, Alaska during her teenage years where she graduated from East High School in 1966. On Nov. 13, 1978, Jennifer married her longtime friend and love of her life, Don Nichols.  After relocating to Clarksville, Texas, they co-owned and operated The Branding Iron restaurant with Don’s parents Joe and Bennie Nichols. 

After the sale of The Branding Iron in 1981, they relocated to Natchitoches where Jennifer, Don, Joe and Bennie opened The Mariner’s Restaurant on beautiful Sibley Lake.  Jennifer always ensured that the patrons of their establishment had a paramount dining experience.  As a business owner, Jennifer provided employment for many individuals over the years, whom she cared for and treated like family.  She was known by all whom she encountered at the restaurant for her generosity and kindness.  Working alongside her husband, her livelihood revolved around the Mariners Restaurant for 38 years until she retired in March 2020.

Jennifer’s hands were rarely still, often enjoying sewing and gardening.  Her greatest love, however, was being with her family, grandchildren and yorkies. 

Jennifer is survived by her loving husband, Don Nichols; daughter, Lyssa (Edward) Taylor of Natchitoches; son, Blake (Carolyn) Nichols of New Orleans; and stepson, Donny (Annette) Nichols of Bentonville, Ark.; grandson, Colin Nichols; step-grandchildren, Ashley Smith, Madeline, Caitlyn and Anna Claire Taylor, Brittany Lynch, Brianna Mott, and Kyle Nichols; step-great grandchildren, Parker and Paighton Lynch; siblings, Glenn Crye, Curtis Crye, Kathy Crye and Gwen Bradshaw; sister-in-law, Gwen Warren; and a host of caring nephews, nieces and friends. 

A memorial service to honor Jennifer’s life will be Saturday, June 13 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. Family will receive family and friends from noon-2 p.m. with services immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Mariners Restaurant