Sonia Mayela Mora Nichols passed away peacefully from brain cancer Thursday Evening August 11, 2016 at her home in Hermosa Beach, California surrounded by her family and friends. Sonia was born August 20, 1952 in San Jose, Costa Rica to Edwin Mora Sanchez and Rosita Ahronne Artavia. Sonia immigrated with her family to California in March of 1957, returned to Costa Rica where her brother Ricardo was born and she had her first communion. She attended first grade in Costa Rica before returning to California where her family eventually settled in Lawndale, California. Sonia met her husband Fred Nichols in 1971 at El Camino College. They were married the following July at Saint Anthony's of Padua in Gardena, California where they resided until moving to Hermosa Beach in 1979. Sonia graduated from Lawndale High School, El Camino College, California State University Dominguez Hills, and earned her Master's degree at California State University Long Beach. Sonia did post-graduate work at Duke University and UCLA. She had a long career working at UCLA and Pacific Bell (ATT). She also taught courses at El Camino College and Antioch University. Upon retiring from ATT Sonia and Fred had a consulting business where she worked until 2015 on behalf of clients throughout the United States and Canada. Sonia was an accomplished and published photographer. Some of her work was featured as a one woman show and in various galleries. Sonia is survived by her husband of 44 years, Frederick Nichols, her two sons Adrian Nichols of Torrance and Ian Nichols of Hermosa Beach, her grandsons Jackson, Mason and Cooper Nichols and Adrian's wife Lisa (Bartik) Nichols. Sonia is survived by her Mother Rosita Ahronne, of Lawndale, her brothers Edwin E. Mora of Redondo Beach, Ricardo A. Mora of Napa, her sister Lilli M. (Mora) Murphy of Redondo Beach and their families. She is also survived, her Uncle Jorge and Aunt Zaida Esquivel of Fontana, her Uncle Gonzalo "Chico" Moraga-Miranda of Tampa Florida and their families. Sonia has a great aunt many aunts, uncles and cousins and their families in Costa Rica and Denmark, including the families of Alvaro Moraga-Miranda, Ernesto Moraga-Miranda, Jorge Alfredo Moraga-Araya, Virginia Miranda-Miranda, Isabel Mora their many children, grandchildren and her great Aunt Tere Meyer. Services will be held Tuesday, August 23, 2015 at Rice Mortuary located at 5310 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, California, 90503. Viewing is at 7:30 am, and a Rosary at 9:30 AM. A Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Hermosa Beach. Interment will be at Green Hills in Rancho Palos Verdes followed by a Reception at Rice Mortuary beginning around 2PM. Friends and family are welcome to attend all or part of the services.

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  1. Fred, our prayers are with you and your family in this your time of sorrow. Sonia’s suffering has ended and she is now at peace. As those of us who have gone to sea and have seen the great works of the Lord would say, she has crossed the bar. A sailors farewell, may she have blue skies, fair winds, and a following sea on her final journey.

  2. On behalf of the CG Sea Veterans of America, we send our condolences to Fred and the family for their loss. Our prayers are with you all in this time of grief and pray that Sonia\’s legacy will inspire those who knew her and loved her. We pray, also, that the Lord will touch the hearts of all the family to help them bear this particularly heavy load and help prepare them to meet Sonia in a place so promised for all of us who believe in Him. God Bless.

    SEMPER PARATUS, Fair Winds and Following Seas.

    John Estep, USCG, Vet.

  3. On behalf of The Castro Family, Berta, Eileen, Amnery, and Tony. Our deepest condolences to the Nichols and Mora Families. My family has known Sonia since she was a beautiful young lady, she will live in our hearts forever. God Bless you all.

  4. Fred, I left a message the other day but I guess not correctly—–My prayers are with you and your boys. I know your grief. Sonia meant a lot to me so long ago…… She was a best friend! We all shall meet again in a much Grander place!

  5. My deepest sympathies to you and your family Fred. Sonia was a beautiful lady and will be missed by all who knew her. God Bless you all.

  6. What a beautiful, accomplished woman, both in career and family. She had a full life with family and friends and many adventures! She will be missed but always will remain in hearts and minds and just the thought the her will recall many wonderful memories! God bless you all!

  7. Sonia Mora was two years ahead of me at Lawndale High School. I didn\’t know her then but I knew of her. In fact, you would have to have been deaf, dumb, and blind not to know who Sonia Mora was, or to point her out on campus – because she was the model by which the rest of us were judged. Many of my teachers, especially Terri Chism our mutual French teacher who believed Sonia was a saint, admonished us frequently and would lament: \Why can\’t you all just be like Sonia Mora the smartest most studious most respectful student I ever had.\”

    As you might well imagine this was quite stressful to me and my classmates so one day after a particularly harsh reprimand in French clash the ever vigilant poet in me sat down and reworded the first verse of a poem this son of an Oakie farm girl had grown up with: James Whitcomb Riley\’s Little Orphant Annie. My reworded version went like this:

    Smarter Sonia Mora€™s come to our class to stay
    An€™ show the boy\’s and girlies up an€™ brush their dreams away
    An€™ shoo our classmates off the grade an€™ bust their hearts an€™ sleep
    An€™ make them ire an€™ bake their heads an€™ burn their cords-an€™-weep;
    An€™ all us other students when the schooling things is done
    We set around the campus quad an€™ has the mostest fun
    A-list€™nin€™ to the teach-tales €˜at we all tells about
    An€™ Sonia will stone you – Ef you – Don€™t – Watch – Out!

    I was a fifteen-year-old sophomore when I wrote that in 1969 and being unduly proud of it I of course shared it with my friends and classmates after once again being compared to that most perfect of students. Of course they only remembered and shared the last line which was oft repeated hushed in class after being admonished and compared to Sonia Mora.

    Sonia Mora was not only a perfect student but she was as close to perfect a human being that a human being could be. She had an impact on my life before she ever knew I existed and she has had an impact on many more lives than she would ever have guessed. I am proud to have known Sonia Mora Nichols and I will carry her influence with me to the very end.

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