Cold Claims Another Life

Cold weather has claimed the life of an elderly Meridian woman. 69-year-old Ann Penny Nichols was found Friday morning.

A neighbor asked police to do a welfare check after not seeing her for a couple of days.

Coroner Clayton Cobler said it was colder inside the house than outside. He said she apparently has no family.

Cobler said there was no heat in the dwelling, which had some damage to the roof and ceiling, and broken windows the resident had tried to patch herself.


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  • by Linda smith Location: mdn ms on Jan 11, 2010 at 03:32 PM
    I have known Ms. Penny for many yrs and am proud to have had her as a friend , many people loved her and she will be missed by many , i have never known of ms penny to say a un kind word of anyone ,she was always there to help and give to others in any way she could if nothing but a kind word ,, her worries are over here and now she has gone home love you and will miss you but will see you again one day ,,, love Linda
  • by jbrat Location: Meridian on Jan 9, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    I have met Penny and she didn't have mental problems. You do need to know the facts before you make some comment as another poster stated. Some people are way to proud to ask for help esp. if they are the ones that usually are helping others. That applies to both of the people that we lost this week due to the weather. Life is too short to find blame, let's find a way to help those that need or are too proud to ask for help. Take care of your neighbors, family, and even your enemies. If you feel like someone needs help ask them or just go help them. Whoever called to have them check on her were right is doing so and God bless them for reaching out to help. God had plans for Penny in heaven. Penny will be missed by alot of friends here in Meridian.
  • by Concerned Person on Jan 9, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    Dear ashley, please give all the WTOK readers the facts. I really want to know what it takes to let someone die. Did you know this person? Just the facts please.
  • by Rose Mary Location: Meridian on Jan 9, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    I have known Penny for 63 years and have lived within a block of her for 30 of those years. My contacts with her have been daily and often 3-4 times a day. The last time I spoke to her was midday Thursday, contrary to what the coroner said was the time of her death. She had many people who checked on her daily and offered to help in numerous ways. Penny was aware that she was terminally ill and was adamant about choices that she made.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Jan 9, 2010 at 10:57 AM
    To Concerned Person: Do you not get the point? You have no clue what you are talking about, and until you have all the facts before you, think before you write such inane statements.
  • by concerned Location: Meridian on Jan 9, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    I have been physically standing behind a group of elderly while paying the gas bill and it made me cry. The prices are so high and they are on a fixed income. The resources that are available are not for everybody. I was saddened and hurt to hear them express how they can not pay a $300.00 plus gas bill every month we have cold weather. Electric heaters are no help because then the light bill is just as high. Myself and my husband work and find it difficult sometimes to pay such outrageous amounts on one bill. Our gas bill is higher than our rent. Once you incorperate the light bill, you find yourself needing a loan just to pay one month of Gas and Light. This areas income is low but the cost of living is very high. There is no balance.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Jan 8, 2010 at 08:28 PM
    Dear Woodsman, the so-called government programs, assistance, services, etc are not for everyone. These programs require people in need to literally "jump" through hoops for a little help and lets face it, no one wants to have all their personal business "aired" out just to be turned down or put on a long lengthy waiting list (like Multi-County)just so they can still be turned down. NOTHING in this world is free or easy to obtain once you reach a certain age.
  • by ashley on Jan 8, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    Dear Concerned Person, Just a thought- sometimes it is best to keep your thougts to yourself if you are not provided with all of the facts.
  • by Woodsman Location: Lauderdale Co. on Jan 8, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    It is a shame that no one could check on this woman's well being.Surely someone near her could have been concerned about her situation.There is no reason whatsoever for anyone in this country,in this day and time,to do without the essentials for survival.With all the government programs,assistance,services,grants,handouts,and every other compensation under the sun,there is no reason for someone to live in this manner,unless they choose to do so.She may have had mental problems;I don't know.It's still a shame that this had to happen this way.There'll probably be others to suffer the same fate before it warms up.
  • by Angel Location: Meridian on Jan 8, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    Please check on the elderly and homeless. Animals need to be cared for too, especially during these cold days.
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