Well, Sugar, you are with God now and feel no pain, you can walk, run, dance again, and your life will be remembered for all the times you helped our SMA Babies. You did it all Sugar, and then some. You did not have the surgery sooner for you told the doctors you had other things to tend to and then you would have it. Always, thinking of the others first. I will miss you so much, but will leave you, your notes that you always had and depended on while you were on the road. I will always love you Sugar (my adopted child, as we always said). I hope you meet all our little angels, I told Michelle to watch for you. Love, Betty
I knew you were an angel sent by God the first time I met you. I guess he felt your work was done. I know your spirit lives on in everyone you met and the lives you touched. My family will always cherish your friendship. I will miss our chats about life and love and the challenges of growing up with a disability. The insight you gave me into what Erika goes through in her young life means the world to me. We lost a wonderful friend, roll model, and a great advocate. Your entire life is a testimony to God's greatness and love. I know we will never walk alone. We love you and will greatly miss you! Our prayers are now with all the people left behind. God bless you all.
Liz Cromwell and family
As your motto said You lived your life writing a melody that the world will remember when your song is complete. I would like to say that you left one great song. You will never know just how much of an influence you had on everyone you met.
Nicki, I wish I wrote to you sooner. You are a true inspiration to anyone living with SMA. God only takes the best! Please watch over our angels now that you finally earned your wings. You are free now Nicki! Run into the clouds and entertain even a bigger audience. You will be missed.
Nicki - words can not describe our love for you. You will always be a part of our family. We will keep your spirit alive as you have showed us all how to do. We will keep working for that cure and raising awareness about sma. You have done your part. Grant it is has been short - but you were (are) powerful and inspiring. You spirit is alive - I see it in Madison every day. We told Madison you will be singing from heaven and will not be able to sing at her party. She asked who will then? I told her I do not know - maybe Katelyn Stare. I am sure Katelyn will be up for the task. There are many people saddened today by the loss of a very fine woman and friend. It is now up to us to keep your legacy going. We will - help us walk that path. We love you Nicki forever.
Nicki- word can not describe our love for you. You will be missed but not forgotten. Your spirit will live in everyone you have touched. We see you in Madison. We are very honored to have met you and treasure those moments dearly. We plan to continue your journey for SMA both for awareness and that cure. As you sit next to God tell him to help the researchers find the cure real soon. This has been one of the toughest days for our family. We lost a very special woman and a true friend. We love you Nicki - forever.
nikki you are free and whole now - and youll be able to meet all of our little angels that you introduced to so many on your mission - may you be in peace - you truly are an inspiration much love to you - until we meet in the promised land
jenn - brittany leigh's mommmy sma1 12/15/97-11/30/98 and mikayla leigh-ann's mommy too 4/26/01
Nicki - you were a great inspiration to the SMA community. You will be greatly missed. Our meeting with you one time was enough to affect our family, especially our angel, Lauren. Your message of total dependence upon God blessed us so. I know He is saying to you right now "Well done thou good and faithful servant". Thank you for brightening our path in this journey of faith. We will never forget you.
Nicki - I did not know you but have read your site. You worked till the end for SMA & you have inspired many. I have learned a lot tonight, thank you. Rest in peace.
My dearest friend. We have lived with sma for so long. 14 years now since our first child went to be with the Lord, and 10 years since our little Amber was diagnosed. I do think that this has been one of the hardest days that we have had in our fight for sma. Amber has cried all night. We keep telling her that you are at home with her sister, probably telling her all the ornery things that you she did here, but that's not helping. She wonders why God took her best friend home. I hate this disease. What heartache it has caused for so many families. Nicki, my heart breaks for your dear mama. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to your dear daughter. Please know that you were so loved and appreciated by our family. You were that one who made it. I keep telling myself, Amber can do it too. Just like you did. Oh how I pray that a treatment comes soon. Just not soon enough to help you. You will be sorely missed, Nicki. My tears have not stopped since I talked with Renee this morning. Such mixed feelings. Happy that your old body works like it should now. You once told me that you looked forward to laying down your cross and exchanging for a crown. You know what, you gave that crown up just a few weeks ago, and now you've been presented with your heavenly crown. I will miss you forever, a part of our family has died today with you Nicki. You are so loved. Your music will live on in our home for many many years. I can't wait to hear the song you recorded for Amber, (the oreo cookie one), I think that it will help her to get through this tough time. You lucky girl, stroll all over heaven for me one time. All of my love, Alice
nicki, you will be sadly missed. you were an inspiration to me. I'm glad I got the chance to meet you and hear your testimony and your song.
I met you just this year, at the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant. And, although I didn't really "know you," I could tell you were a fun, exciting and wonderful person - Someone who gave so much in such a short time. Today truly is a sad day... I had hoped you would pull through. You're with God now - But I know you're reading our messages. We will miss you.
As I write this I can't help but cry, but I remember what you use to always tell me...."Bec, there's worse things than death." My comfort right now is knowing that you are in heaven with the angels. You are probably running around as I write this, playing in the ocean, and for sure already organizing and planning things you want to do in heaven. Nick, thank you for being in my life. You have made the biggest impact on me and have made me a better person. Even though you are not here with me in person, you are in my heart. Every decision I make I will ask myself what would Nick tell me to do or what would she say. You are my hero, and my angel. My 2nd mom, my sister, and my best friend. Words can't explain my love for you. I will always remember and love you till the day I die. Then I will get to see you again in heaven. God won't know what to do with us both there. Ü I love you always and forever.
Nicki, though our family is grieving, we know you are finally getting to run and walk on a big old tour of heaven...We first hooked up with you to ask your advice of how to raise a disabled child with spunk and faith. You answered our questions and we became friends as we continued to talk and then discovered your beautiful music. The girls just call it "their Nicki music". We met you this past December in Disney land as part of Olivia and Erinne Williams Make A Wish trip. That you rearranged your schedule to meet with two families affected by sma also, touched us deeply. You were funny and so like a big kid yourself while meeting the characters with us at Disney. We will treasure all of the pictures of you in our album of that wonderful trip. Though the good Lord welcomes you home, we will miss our chats with you terribly. We pray for strength for your Mom, Renee and all of your many friends and family members. Love, Chris, Cynthia, Elizabeth and Olivia
Thank you Nicki
Oh Sugar, how I will miss you, I will always be greatful to your Mom for sharing you with me. You will always be with me, in my thoughts, in my heart, in your spirt you will be with me also. I will be there with you one day, so watch for me ever so often, I will be the old lady with a sign asking "has anyone seen my Sugar". Your job was over and we don't understand why now, but we will one day understand why.
My Heart Hurts so bad for you to come and say "on the road, moving forward" I told My little Pumpkin that when your work was done for God, to watch for you and she will hold your hand.
All my love,
Nicki - I never had the pleasure of meeting you but am so saddened by our loss. Please know you are in our prayers and may you forever be singing with our God and our angels!! God bless, the Scurria's
We are the grandparents to a little SMA II boy who lived with us for his first 3 years. He is now 5 and doing OK. I sent pictures to Nicki for use in her concerts for exposure of SMA, probably in June. We are a Christian family and our hearts go out to you, her family, whom I can only imagine the pain you feel. She must've been a courageous girl to have attempted and accomplished so much in her short life-time. We regret we did not get a chance to know her. But look forward to that meeting in heaven when we will get to know her in her perfect body as we praise the Lord together. Our little grandson, Ryan, is looking forward to that day when he too will walk and run and meet his Saviour face to face. We will pray for your adjustment to staying here without her! In Christian Love, Bill and Krystal Brown from Bend Oregon
I took an interview of Nicki for the LIVING SMArt newsletter, and she said that she would not change her life for nothing....Very few people with severe disability can say (AND MEAN!!!) it as deeply and as honestly as Nicki did.... She is in my heart as a living proof of what Jesus can do in our life even under difficult conditions.Her happiness and joy and gratefulness will be with me . This is the gift that Nicki left me--even though I never met her in person.Thank you.
Dear Nicki - I never met you in person but got to "know" you through your incredible voice and your great work on behalf of SMA. You are truly an inspiration to so many people---you will be sadly missed on this earth, but you will continue to inspire us from above. Thank you for having been here, as short as it was.
NICKI, YOU KNOW HOW EMOTIONAL I CAN GET..WELL, I AM SITTING HERE IN TEARS, MISSING YOU...I KNOW YOU ARE WITH ALL YOUR LITTLE ANGELS NOW. YOU CARED SO MUCH FOR THEM. YOUR MOTHER AND I WERE REMEMBERING OUR CHRISTMAS TOGETHER AFTER YOUR WRECK. YOU SAID THAT WAS YOUR BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. PEOPLE CAME TO SEE YOU AND YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE. I REMEMBER OUR TRIP TO THE BEACH, WITH YOU DRIVING. WHAT A DAY! I WILL MISS OUR MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT PHONE CONVERSATIONS. I WILL ESPECIALLY MISS OUR "FAMILY DINNERS". YOU HAVE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES, JUST IN THE TIME I HAVE KNOWN YOU. YOU HAVE RESTORED FAITH IN MANY. YOU HAVE TAUGHT HOW TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND TO ENJOY THE LIFE GOD GAVE YOU, NO MATTER WHAT. I WILL TRUELY MISS YOU AND YOUR 'SCARLETT O'HARA' EYES. JUST SAVE ME A PLACE NEXT TO YOU BECAUSE ONE DAY I WILL BE WITH YOU. WE HAD A DATE WITH BIRTHDAYS, MY 50TH NEXT WEEK AND YOURS IN NOV. I WAS WAITING FOR YOUR ''SURPRISE''...BUT I WAS REALLY GOING TO GET YOU ON YOUR 30TH THIS YEAR. THAT'S ALRIGHT I CAN WAIT. I LOVE YOU DEARLY AND I BELIEVE YOU KNOW THAT. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF MY LIFE. I AM SO THANKFUL GOD GAVE ME THE CHANCE TO KNOW YOU AND TO BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE. KEEP IT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. LOVE YA, SUSAN
Nicki, I never got to meet you but I can see how much you were loved her on this earth..I visited your website just a few weeks ago for the first time and I knew you were a beautiful person inside and out. The things you did for these little SMA angels, your music, and your love for God are inspirational to us all. I know you are now singing with the angels with all our SMA angels in heaven, running, and enjoying your reward. You will be missed.
Thankyou Nicki, Thankyou for allowing God to use you to give encouragement to us facing this terrible disesase called sma. Thankyou, Skarleth mom to Evan sma 1.
Nicki, I feel so honored to have known you. You are an inspiration for all of us. I'm so glad you were a part of my life. I'm going to miss those e-mails, but now you're not "rolling" forward anymore, you're running, skipping, and jumping. Today in the car my 6 year old and I were listening to your CD, and I was explaining to him that you were in heaven now. He said "I know why." I asked him what he meant. He said you had to be up there to teach those angels to sing. I know you are doing that, leading those songs of praise. Thank you for being a wonderful friend, and for just being you. Love ya always! Allyson
PS...Try not to spy on Michael Bolton too much! :-)
To the family and friends of Nicki, My prayers go out to you as I share in your tragic loss. I had the great fortune of meeting Nicki at the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant. She was truly an amazing young woman who will be missed tremendously. Her music was as inspiring as her life. God had His hand on her from the moment she was born, now He has carried her home. God bless you all. Linda Clark, Ms. Wheelchair Florida
Thank you for sharing Nicki's story. My husband and I have lost 2 children to SMA. Ellen died at 12 yrs old in 1990 and Michael at 15 yrs. in 1998. Our middle child Andy is 21 and a senior at Auburn University. May God comfort you as you grief your loss and rejoice in Nicki' gain.
Nicki, you and I had something in common. We both loved music, but better yet, we both loved singing for the right reason. Knowing Jesus as I do, I know you are in SUCH a better place and you're up there leading the choir telling people, "Ok, ok. Let's get this organized. We're singing for the Almighty tonight." :) You were such a joy to be around. Words of inspiration that you gave I will never forget. I love you and I miss you.
P.S. We'll never get to sing together down here, but I'd much rather get to up there...;)
You were and inspiration to everyone. The message you shared will continue on forever. Shar
loved your music and the gift you had with one lung may you be dancing like you always wanted up there in heaven
nikki it came a great shock about your passing away it is still so hard to believe. please while you are in heaven tell my 3 children that i have had miscarriages with this year for whatever reason that i love them and will see them in the glory of heaven i just admire you so much for all the things that you did. i really tried to look for you at the grammys but couldnt find you i think me and my mom tried to even call your cell phone and didnt get you i know micheal bolton will be missing his favorite fan i will find a way to let him know you sang like an angel and god is so lucky to have you now. you had one lung but it sure was a strong one. now you do like forest run nikki run dance nikki dance. thank you so much for the beautiful cd that you signed and gave to me on my birthday and speaking of birthdays what yall did to my mom in the middle of the night was so funny she will miss you bunches.. she has alot of video tape of you and mallory has a bunch of pictures she said to tell you she will spend the night with you when she gets to heaven well gotta go,, sweet dreams angel pss. give my grandmother and aunt susie a hug love ya
Nicki, It was such a pleasure knowing you and working with your family for 10 years now. You truly were an amazing woman. You will be greatly missed by me. Love you and miss you...Cheryl Poston
We feel so blessed to have Nicki's beautiful music. Her example of faith and courage has inspired us as parents so much. What a beautiful person! We are lifting up her family and friends in our prayers. May you feel God's love around you as you trust in His promise that Nicki's happiness and joy now is more than we can comprehend. Love and Prayers, The Bodzo family
I did not know Nicki as well as some, but I certainly witnessed her strength of life and I truly admired her and all her many talents. Nicki will always go on in my heart.
To Family and Friends, Nicki was one special lady and you could feel it when she was talking to you or just near you. I just meet Nicki this year at the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant and in that short time I knew she was a gift. A gift that was sent for me and others to let us know that no matter what happens to us in life never let anyone tell us that we can't live our dreams. I was injured in a 4-wheeler two years ago to this day and I thought my life could never be the same but with people like Nicki proves everyone wrong. Life can go on and I now know that all things happen for a reason. Nicki you are now in heaven walking, dancing, and singing with praise. Nicki you are my Angel. Love, Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina Crystal Upton
TO THE FAMILY I'M TRULY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS I WILL PRAY FOR YOU. YOUR DAUGHTER IS TRULY AN INSPIRATION TO ME MY LITTLE GIRL IS 3 HER NAME IS BRIANNA HENDRIX AND SHE HAS S.M.A TYPE TWO COMING TO NICKI'S PAGE HAS ENCOURAGED ME A LOT AND I LOVE AND THANK GOD FOR HER LIFE. NOW YOU BE ENCOURAGED...
Thank you Nicki for all you did for the SMA community. You will be missed! My prayers go out to your family.
NICKI, WE ALL LOVED YOU ,YOU HAD A WAYOF CREEPING IN TO OUR HEART AND LIVE FOREVER WE WILL MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!
Hey Sugar, hope you are reading all the things we put here. I miss our talks so much, that sometimes I go to the phone and want to call you, then have to say "no you can't do that, she is no longer there", so I will just leave a note like I use to when you were on the road.
I miss you so much and a few of us down here are going to try our best to make it where people will never forget who you were, what you did, and all the love you had for us all.
One day I will (I hope) be there to talk to you and let you know how much I loved you and miss you.
I have been talking to your best friend a lot and she loves you also. This has been really hard for her and she feels so lost without you. Love you lots Sugar, Betty
I never got the chance to meet you in person. I'm truly sorry that I never will. As a paraplegic for over 30 yrs, I am truly sorry that a great spokesperson for the disabled will no longer speak for us. God Bless You!
MY MOTTO HAS ALWAYS BEEN: IF YOU GIVE JUST ONE MOMENT OF LOVE TO SOMEONE, YOU CAN CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOR A LIFETIME; ESPECIALLY, YOURS! NICKI, YOU HAVE PROVEN ME RIGHT BECAUSE YOU HAVE SO FAITHFULLY CHANGED MINE. YOUR SONG IS WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART. I, TOO WILL PASS IT ON.
Well Nicki, looks like you left us with an idea that we might be able to keep your work on going. Renee, Laura and I will be trying to put things together in Tribute to you. So if you can sometime lead us in the right direction we would appreciate it.
We all loved you so much Sugar, I miss talking to you and you telling me about different things and sending me a few gowns for you to wear to some event. I think it was to receive the Miss Wheelchair America 2001, and then found one you liked better. We will meet again one day so don't forget me.
Oh by the way, I am hoping to go to your home and meet your Mom, and tell her how much you loved her and how you worried about her when you were on the road.
I will close now Sugar and finish my dinner, but I will be back for another note later.
Your friend in every way,
I LOVED NICKI SO MUCH. SHE AND I SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER IN HIGH SCHOOL. I DROVE FOR NICKI WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED DOING A LOT OF CONCERTS AT CHURCHES AND WEDDINGS. SHE WOULD HAVE SOMEONE PUT HER IN THE FRONT SEAT OF HER MOM'S CAR AND WE WOULD RIDE AROUND FOR HOURS AT THE TIME TALKING ABOUT EVERYTHING. I MISS HER SO MUCH AND I AM SO SAD THAT WE DIDN'T GET TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. NICKI WAS A BIG PART OF MY LIFE AND I TRULY MISS HER. I THINK OF HER EVERYDAY! I CAN SEE HER WALKING WITH JESUS AND I KNOW THAT SHE IS SO HAPPY. I ONLY WISH THAT MY TWINS COULD HAVE MET HER. THEY WOULD'VE LOVED HER LIKE I DO. I MISS YOU NICKI. I LOVE YOU. I KNOW THAT ONE DAY SOON, WE WILL SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN.
I meet Nicki on line reading the FSMA guest and found out about her songs. My daughter Marisa loves to sing and she sent her a CD. It was beautiful. We sent Nicki a picture of Marisa and in turn Marisa got one of Nicki. When I got the Quest magazine and saw Nicki as as a Queen I showed it to Marisa and told her that anything is possible. Today in the mail I received a CD and a letter saying that Nicki passed away. We will miss you a lot. Marisa still has your picture in her room knowing that anything is possible. We love your music. God bless you and your family.
Nicki was one of the dearest friends that I have ever known. Although I have only known her slightly over a year, I will miss her terribly. She will live in my heart forever. When I think that she is finally home, I have to smile. I know that she is looking down at all of us and watching out for those she loved. When Nicki loved, it was with all of her heart and all of her soul. Nicki's heart and soul are still with all of us who loved her. Although when I think of the future without Nicki, I get teary and sad, I can not help but laugh out loud at some of my memories of Nicki. And I know that the laughter is what Nicki wants us to remember. I love you Nicki and look forward to seeing you in heaven when I get there. Cindy
Nick, Not a day passes without my thoughts of you. As I worked on a project for Emily and reviewed some of the clippings I had saved over the years, you spoke to me loud and clear! In the May 5, 1999 edition of the Lake City News & Post, you made this comment about the your song, "Do You Hear." "Some people have a death in the family and don't understand why it happened. They hear that song and realize everything will be OK." Nicki, I know everything is OK with you!!!! It is just that I miss you so much--our daily talks, the "sixth sense" of knowing when we needed each other, the caring and sharing times. Yes, I am selfish. I feel that I have lost my daughter, friend and soul mate. Love you bunches always!!!!!!! Ma
I met Nicki at the Ms. Wheelchair America 2002 Pageant in Denver. We shared some wonderful moments and I have fond memories of our time together. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
A true inspiration!
THE NEW GUEST BOOK LOOKS GREAT. NICKI WOULD BE SO PROUD.
Nicki Ard we love you and will miss you greatly.
"Miss Margie, I just wanted to let you know I am praying for all of you. I thank you so much for allowing me to keep Nicki when she was little. I loved her so much. You both have always been a special part of my family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Will see you soon. Love Barbara
Nicki you are now running all over heaven! You will be missed. I am so happy to have been a part of your life. I will always remember your bright smile. Love Barbara
well bud, you did it! you completed an awesome song, i promise you i will never forget it! i heard you say often what a great year you had, but i don't know whos was better. i do know that i'm honored to know that I helped you complete part of your song. there is no way i can ever explain to you what you've come to mean to me over the past 2 1/2 years. you always had "your stuff" together, and i thought i did, i don't mean to sound selfish but for now i feel like my world has fallen apart. i am very happy for you, but this is gonna be hard for awhile, real hard. i know that you know that we were there this morning, i wish i could have read your mind to know what you were trying to tell me. but i guess you'll tell me later. someone said it best in some mail i got tonight - that God needed another angel! ....... i'll try to do this again later, once i get my things back together. just know i love you more than words can say. try not to cause too much trouble up there....... i know how you are! :-)
I'M NOT VERY GOOD WITH WORDS BUT TO KNOW NICKI IS TO LOVE HER SHE HAD THE ABILITY TO TOUCH PEOPLE SHE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW. I'VE ONLY KNOWN HER FOR A SHORT TIME I NICKNAMED HER THE LADY WITH WINGS. BUT I NEVER MET ANYONE SO FULL OF LIFE AND WHO COULD REACH THE UNREACHABLE .MY NAME IS ARCHIE WEST I ATTEND KINGSTON BAPTIST CHURCH. NICKI VISITED US WITH HER HEART AND SOUL WE SURE WILL MISS HER. THANKS NICKI.
(FRIENDS ARE FRIENDS FOR EVER.) YOUR FRIEND FOREVER WE WILL MISS YOU. L.W.W.
ARCHIE WEST JODY WEST CHERYL WEST
Hi Nikki! Your song is now complete! Now you can spread your wings and fly! When I get to Heaven, I hope you will still be singing. Your are an inspiration to all. Love, Loretta
Well, you began a new song yesterday.....one which will last for all eternity. I know God is so glad to have you home and I thank him for lending you to us for a little while.
It has been my pleasure and a great blessing to know and love you since we met a little over a year ago. I will always have wonderful memories of you......of your wonderful sense of humor, your strong faith, and your willingness to share your talents with the world.
MWA is a better organization because of you and I am a better person for having known you.
Keep those heavenly angels singing til I get there!
I will always honor the name you gave me because you have been the "other" daughter that has meant so much to me and my entire family. You kept your word until the last--you promised to "hang on" until I could get there and you did! I am thankful that God gave me the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time to receive the blessings I have from our relationship. We just celebrated our 14 year relationship as "Ma" and special daughter/special friend. You will always be alive in my heart and remembered as my "friend, other daughter, sister to my children, listener, confidant, library assistant/volunteer...the list could go on and on." I don't know of many people who have given so much in so short a time. The heavenly crown you wear today is more glorious than any earthly crown ever received. I love you bunches!! Ma
It was a pleasure to know such a special person who was committed to her ministry. Her talent and her light will be missed, but will live on in the hearts of those who knew her.
The brightest flame often burns out the quickest. For her brief time, she brightened our lives.
I ONLY KNEW NICKI FOR A SHORT WHILE BUT IN IN THAT SHORT TIME I KNEW SHE LOVED CHILDREN AND WORKING FOR THE LORD IN ANYWAY POSSIBLE. SHE WAS ONE OF GODS ANGELS ON EARTH AND NOW I JUST KNOW SHE IS ANGEL RIGHT BESIDE OUR LORD. I WAS BLESS TO HAVE CONTACT AND HEAR THE SONGS OF A ANGEL DRESSED UP IN A HUMAN BODY THE HUMAN BODY DIDN'T HIDE THE TRUE SOUL OF THE ANGEL CALLED NICKI ON THIS EARTH. I SEND BEST WISHES TO NICKI'S FAMILY AND A HUG
I love you, Nick. You will always be my best friend.
Nicki had a beautiful voice, and her message and outlook on life is very inspiring for me and many others. I hope her message will live on.
I never met you in person but I heard so much about you through Renee. You were truly an angel and I know you are where you want to be. What better place!!! You have been such a blessing to so many people. You will be missed but only for a little while- we'll see you again just inside the eastern gates, waiting for your friends and loved ones. love, norma boatwright
I just met you in July, and knew what a great person you are. I'll miss you even though we just met. I'm sure you have the sweetest voice in Heaven.
Niki You were an inspiration to us all and you will be greatly missed. Kathy Herring
Nicki, I only met you once but I feel like I knew you so well. Renee was so proud of you and I know that she was so honored to have learned so much from your cherished friendship. I heard your testimony once and it truly was a blessing for me. You are a wonderful person and you have done more with your life than most of us ever will. I am glad that you finally get to meet God. You will be missed greatly but your song has touched so many lives and you are truly an inspiration to me and so many others. Love forever, Angela
I had the honor of knowing Nicki well...she was an Angel here on earth and now she has gone to the Lord to be one of his special Angels...It is sad to see her leave us she was a joy and the light of everyone who knew her...She is one that you could meet one time and feel like you've known her forever...We who knew her knows that she is up in Heaven watching over us with her loving open arms...You will be dearly missed but always in our hearts...keeping your arms and heart opened wide to receive us when we come to join the lord...with Loving honor and sympathy to the family of our dearly loved and missed Angel...
I wanted so many times to take a moment and write a lil' note to let you know what an inspiration you are. I have never met you myself yet, two little girls I care about very much had a wish come true and spent some time with you at Disney! The true love, kindness and blessings you have shared with their family touched them in a way no one else could have. We will all hear your music, "Nicki music" , for a long time to come. Love, J.C.
Nicki, you were such an inspiration to both Jennifer and me. God sent you into Jennifer's life to inspire her with her voice, and she has, and is continuing, to do that. My, how excited I was when you told me that "Will the Circle be Unbroken" reached the top. As you know, that was my favorite and the one I asked that you sing at my service when the Lord decided to take me home. I had no idea that He would take you first since I am much older than you. I know, though, that when that time comes, you will sing it from your throne.
I felt a bonding to you the first time we met, and with your entire crew. Renee is tops!!!! We will always remember your special voice and your special smile. We know you are singing now with great joy and walking on the streets of gold. Our hearts are sad but God makes no mistakes. You will live on in our memory and our hearts!!!
Love you forever.
Nicki was very special in so many way. She will be remembered not only for her talents, but also for the love and compassion she gave to so many.
I will miss Nicki she was a great person and a loving person .
Thank you Nicki! Our lives have been so blessed to have known you for the past two years. We know you are in heaven singing with all God's Angel's. The first time we heard you sing I truly thought I was in the presence of an angel. Your testimony and music touched so many people here in Lancaster that you will never be forgotten. Renee, I love you and I know Nicki will always be with you in spirit and in your heart. Keep your faith and know that she was an angel on loan from God.
Well Nicki, Your song is now complete. I can't begin to tell you how important you were in my life. Your the one I would run to for advice, a reality check, or just needing to vent. You were always there. It's going to be hard here without you, but when I arrive at the Heavenly Gates, I want you to be there with arms wide open. Thank you for the times we shared and I will Love You more than you'll ever know. See you on the other side.
YOU LEAD BY EXAMPLE. YOU SHINED. YOU MADE US ALL FEEL BETTER. NOW IT IS YOUR TIME TO FEEL THE BEST YOU EVER HAVE. SEE YOU IN DUE TIME.
PS DONT WORRY. WE'LL TAKE CARE OF RENEE.
I'M SURE HEAVEN IS REJOICING TODAY BECAUSE THEY ARE WELCOMING ONE OF THE MOST LOVED AND ADMIRED PEOPLE THAT I'VE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE TO MEET. EVERYONE THAT HAD THE HONOR OF MEETING NICKI WALKED AWAY FROM HER A BETTER PERSON. I AM SO GLAD THAT I WAS SO BLESSED AS TO BE ABLE TO CALL HER MY FRIEND. I'LL MISS YOU TERRIBLY, BUT I THANK GOD FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MET THIS INCREDIBLE LADY. IF THERE WAS EVER SOMEONE THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED GOD'S GIFT TO MANKIND, IT DEFINITELY WAS NICKI.
TO: Jimmy, Margie and family
We are so sorry to hear about nicki`s death. We thought she would be strong to over come this surgery ,Nicki has always been a strong person . She will always be remembered in our hearts .
Love you all the Moreno`s and Tommie J. Johnson Thanks Renee
Well Bud, I miss you so much, but I know you are In a Better Place and wouldn't come back for anything. I will always cherish the memories that we had as "The Staff" I must say we were pretty awesome. I will never forget the long nights up laughing, crying and sharing. These past few years have been great, and I will see you again one day. I have lost my best friend, and you were it, always there when I needed to talk, needed advice, or just wanted to cut up like we did so much. I will miss you lots, but always cherish the memories and the things we had together. Your song is complete and it is playing a GREAT melody right now
I miss you, Hooligan! I'll keep Renee in line for you...Now you know what REAL praise and worship music sounds like!
I can remember just yesterday as children in elementary school. Throughout most of my life, you have been a part of it. Your strength has not been forgotten, but will remain forever embedded in my mind and in my heart. You have lived a good life for others to follow. Rest in peace.
Graduating Class of 1990 Mrs. Wanda Fernandopulle
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to meet Nicki and hear her sing. She was a blessing to all of us. She was one of God's angels that he loaned to us to enjoy.
I love you Nicki!! And I miss you very much.
It took my breath away today when I found out of her passing. I am so sorry. For someone that had overcome so much and to have meant so much to so many she will be sadly missed. Her voice is like an Angel and from this time forward , if you listen closely when the wind blows you shall hear her songs blowing softly throughout the world. Take care of yourself Renee, rem. that you have many people who love you out there.
TO THE FAMILY OF NICKI, WE ARE SADDENED BY THE HOME GOING OF SISTER NICKI HER WORK ON THIS EARTH IS COMPLETE AND HER SONG WILL BE COMPLETE DOWN ON THIS EARTH BUT SHE IS SINGING WITH A BAND OF ANGELS IN HEAVEN, I WAS ONE OF HER MANY FANS AND PRAYED FOR HER MINISTRY AND I KNOW SHE PRAYED FOR MINE, WE WILL MISS HER ON THIS EARTH BUT ONE DAY WE WILL SEE HER IN GLORY WITH A BRAND NEW BODY. WE ARE PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY, WE KNOW THAT YOUR HEART IS BROKEN AS WELL AS SO MANY OF HER FANS AND FRIENDS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WE LOVED HER DOWN HERE BUT GOD NEEDED ANOTHER ANGEL IN HEAVEN, SHE WAS A CHOSEN VESSEL DOWN HERE AND WE KNOW THAT SHE IS WITH THE ONE SHE LOVED AND SANG ABOUT SO MUCH, WE LOVED HER AND WE WILL MISS HER, OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, AND MAY HER MEMORY LIVE FOREVER ON THIS EARTH, WITH CHRISTIAN LOVE, REV AND MRS. DAVIS NAT BROWN
I had the honor of talking to Nicki only a few times - but, what an impact she has made on the world. I am praying for her family now - that these troubled times will be made easier for them by God's love.
Amy (Baxter) Ley Ms. Wheelchair America 1996
Nicki, I will miss you. Emily
Nicki! There's so much to say about you but to sum it all up in one word, you are Awesome! you were the best influence on my life, and I will never forget you. I listen to your CD and I can see a meaning to everyone of them. You believed in me when I told you I wanted to sing, and told me that I could do it. I love you Nicki! and Will NEVER forget you!
Nicki, I'm so happy to have been your friend for the 4 short months that I knew you. You touched my life in so many ways. You are now, and forever will be, my special inspiration. Without remembering your smiling face and your angelic voice, I couldn't make it through the day! You are now my Special Angel, as I know you are to so many of your friends. I'll miss you, Nicki. I love you, Barb
Well sis, I really don't know what to say... You have always been there when I needed you most. You were the best sister any one could ever "hand pick". Ma and I will miss you every day. Who will be our referee now? You always knew what to say at the right time. You made my life so much better. You always lit up a room and I can only imagine how much brighter Heaven is right now. Until I see you again... I love you!!
Your little sis, Kendra
It is hard for me to write this, although my time and friendship with Nicki was brief, she has touched my life in ways I did not realize until just now. I was so happy and thrilled for her when she gained the crown and title of Ms. Wheelchair America 2001. It was an honor to be on the stage with her as 2nd runner up. We have exchange many emails over the last several months and I am recalling how I teased her about her engagement...as I am getting married in only a few short days from now...and how she had not set a date yet. Please offer my sincere prayers to her beloved as I know he will miss her greatly, as we all will. I am so saddened by this news. Nicki, I know you are now at the right hand of God, reaping your reward in heaven, feeling such peace, love, and mercy. Watch over us here, and someday we will meet again. With Love, Cathy Carver
Jeslyn Wilson is my husband's sister. We have had the privilege of meeting Nicki and hearing about her ministry. We have also experienced the loss of two family members this year. You are all in our prayers. We rejoice with you over Nicki's life and her accomplishment of God's plan for her. What a reunion that must have been when she stood face to face with her Lord! God bless you all and give you His peace and comfort. Bob and Ruthi Neely
Well, Nick! You've done it again. As I sat in the gym at the high school I thought to myself "How many people in the world have so many friends that they have to hold their funeral service in a GYM??!!" You never did anything small :) Anyway, I was thinking the other day about the bible verse that tells all about the mansions that God is preparing for us. I can't wait to see yours one day. I'm sure I'll recognize it! Thank you for all of the years that you shared with me. You were the very first friend that I ever had and although we went through alot and at times we were both very stubborn, I always loved you more than anyone in the world and thought of you as my older sister. (much, much older.... just kidding! :) I'll keep checking up on your mom and aggravating her just as I always have, but do me a favor, if it ever looks like I'm making a really bad decision or I need a little push in the right direction and you're in a position to, shall we say "intercede".... please do so ;) As you always said, "Em, get your head out of that fog! I love you, bud and I'll see you when I see you.. :o)
Just reading all these messages of love from friends and family of Nicki reinforces what I suspected the first time I met this remarkable young lady -- she was a selfless human being determined to make the world a better place. This message board is just one testament to her success. In a letter she wrote me last year, she said that, although her life was tough, she loved her life and wouldn't change a single thing about it. Instead, she devoted her life to making positive changes in the lives of others, including mine. Thank you, lovely Nicki. Love and blessings to your family and friends. Libby
Nikki was incredible. She really touched me when i went and saw her @ Evergreen Baptist Church. I will always remember Nicki and I am sure everyone else will.
Love U Nicki, Traci #8
FROM UNCLE LAVERNE, "UNK"
AS I REMINISCE BACK THROUGH THE YEARS, WATCHING YOU TRYING TO CRAWL UNDER THE CHURCH PEWS AS WE WERE HAVING CHOIR PRACTICE OR THE FIRST TIME WE SET UP A CAR SPEAKER OUT ON THE PORCH WITH A MAKESHIFT MICROPHONE INSIDE THE HOUSE SO YOU COULD SING TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. ALSO, THE TIME YOU SAT BESIDE ME ON THE BULLDOZER SEAT WHILE I WAS CLEARING LAND. YOU BUMPED YOUR HEAD SO HARD THAT IT WOULD HAVE MADE ME CRY, BUT YOU NEVER SHED A TEAR BECAUSE YOU DID NOT WANT TO HURT "UNK'S" FEELINGS. THEN THERE WAS THE TIME THAT YOU SAT INSIDE OF A BOILER ON A STOOL AND WATCHED AS I WORKED THE ENTIRE DAY! THE DAY YOU BEEPED ME AND SAID, "UNK! MY HOUSE IS ON FIRE AND I'M IN THE BED!" THREE MILES AWAY AND 90 M.P.H. THROUGH TOWN I WENT! I WAS NEVER SO GLAD TO LIFT YOU FROM YOUR BED AS ON THAT DAY! YOU AND I COULD, AND HAVE, TALKED ABOUT HUNDREDS OR MAYBE THOUSAND OF GOOD TIMES WE HAVE SHARED. THERE WERE SO MANY TIMES THAT YOUR INSPIRATION OR JUST BEING WITH YOU MADE MY LIFE MUCH EASIER. THE LOVE YOU HAD FOR OTHERS, THE MANY LIVES YOU TOUCHED, NEVER BEING SELFISH, THESE THINGS WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. AS MAMA SAID SO MANY TIMES, "NICKI AND UNK HAVE A SPECIAL BOND BETWEEN THEM". AS I WATCHED YOU GROW FROM A FRAIL LITTLE GIRL INTO A LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN, YOU NEVER GOT TO BE OVER TEN YEARS OF AGE TO ME, YOU WERE MY SPECIAL "P-TURKEY", AS I CALLED YOU. MY HEART IS HEAVY TODAY, NOT FOR SELFISH REASONS, BUT FOR THE BEEP THAT I WILL NOT HEAR AND THE SWEET VOICE THAT I WILL MISS SAYING, "UNK, WILL YOU DO SOMETHING FOR ME?" I REALIZE THAT THE GOOD LORD LOANED YOU TO US FOR A SHORT TIME, FOR THE MANY LIVES YOU COULD TOUCH, FOR THE LOVE YOU SHARED, AND FOR THE BUNDLE OF JOY THAT I LOVED WITH ALL MY HEART! YOUR MISSION NOW IS TO TAKE CARE OF "UNK" UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. UNK
I had the honor of meeting Nicki back in April when she visited our church, Antioch Baptist , in Edgefield, SC. SHE WAS A TRUE INSPIRATION!! I am so saddened by her death, but I am so happy to know that she is walking down the streets of gold with a brand new body, and singing with the angels in heaven. What a beautiful voice she had! Nicki and I had been in touch through e-mail since then, and I have felt like I have known her for years. She was just a TRUE BLESSING!! God needed another flower, so He picked her bright and smiling face. I am saddened but God has his reasons, and He makes NO mistakes. I am so thankful that God gave me the opportunity to meet you, NICKI. YOU ARE AWESOME!!! God bless your family during this time.
we will miss you.
Nicki, Words can't tell you how much I miss you. I know that you are walking with the angels, but I'd really like to talk to you just once more. You were my best friend. You'll always be my best friend. Watch out for me from on high and keep me straight. You know how I always seem to stick my foot right in my mouth. I'll see you again. I love you--------C
Hey Nicki. I know that you are no longer with us here on Earth, but you are with us in spirit. Also, I know that you a walking angel. I just wanted to say that you were a true blessing to me and everyone around you.I will miss you deeply, but I know that I will someday see you again...I love you!
Cole(or Bud, as you liked to call me!!)
We loved you, Nicki, and miss you. Know you're enjoying your wings and flying and singing with the sparrows that GOD also takes care of. How about you and GOD both keep a watchful eye out for all of us down here especially in Pamplico. Love, Miss Harriet
Nicki, God changed the plans we had made. You would have had a wonderful time on your short vacation, with us in November. We are deeply saddened because we can not talk to you. There were so many things to discuss and questions to be asked. You were and still are, an inspiration to our family. We will always love you. You are truly an Angel ....sent to us by God. We will miss you forever. Your "Ohio Family", Bob, Julie, Duane, Kelly, Katelyn (another Angel), Todd, Michelle, Callie, Cade (another Angel) and Molly
Nicki, how I enjoyed getting to know you this past year. A friendship like no other. The weeks prior to MWA and then the two weeks you were here in Colorado will never, ever be forgotten,,,singing around my piano, with my dad and Ruthie, visiting with the homeless man downtown, hanging out with the handicapped kids at Ester Seals, and doing the concert at our church. You touched so many lives, especially mine, and you will never be forgotten. Thanks for all the work you did spreading the word of God, and I now know you are singing with the angel choirs of Heaven. I know we will meet again, and I look forward to it. With special love to Rene and your family. Barb
Today was one of the worst days for me so far. I know you're probably saying "Bec, you'll see me soon....everything will be fine" but I miss you so much. I went to your house to wash my car yesterday and no one was home. As I went in your room...all I could do was stand there. I thought about all the memories we've made and all the times we shared. You were such a big part of my life and now I'm so lost. I miss you soooo much. Until I see you.....I love you lots and lots!
Well, here it is another Sunday and I am missing you so bad. I can't go to the phone and call you cause you aren't there. I don't guess I will ever understand why it was you taken from us, your job was not finished here. Of course, that is just me saying it and who am I to question God, you have so many people missing you and you will always be remembered for all you did and who you were. To me you were my adopted daughter, whom your Mother agreed to share with.
I sure wish we could have met in person, but if I get the chance to, I am going to your home and meet your Mother, your family and all the other friends who also loved you so much. I ask that you save me a place my you and we can talk, pray, sing, and a lot of other things.
Renee and I talk a lot and share pictures and things about you but not noe thing told in serect. I have now given her a nick name honeybee. How about that, you think that is pretty good.
I miss you and will always love you my Sugar, but I will see you again one day. Would you give my little angel Michelle a kiss and hug for me.
I am going to try and make it up here more often than I have.
Nicki Ard was an inspiration to all who knew her! I moved to Pamplico in 1977 and was a neighbor. She grew into a BEAUTIFUL young lady, inside and out! She will be missed ....... but I KNOW she is singing and dancing above now and her sweet voice will remain with us forever.
Well bud, it's been almost 3 weeks. And you still have me hopping, seems like there is still so much to straighten out, but alot has been done! Revival is going on at EBC this week and the first night was hard! It was mostly about you, tributes, songs, and a slide show. Everyone loved it! Mr. Tom kept talking about you. You know all those talks we had, and I just didn't know. I had one with Mr. Tom last night.......and you'll be happy to know that now I KNOW! You played a major part in that decision, and several other people had a hand in it, like Susan and Barbara. It was YOU who helped me get things where they needed to be, and helped me see what I needed to see! Bud thanks for walking with me! love ya and miss ya! NOW I KNOW......
i will always remember the smile and laughter you brought to me and my teens
love leann bazen
Your father's love you will live on forever and the inspiration you have given others is your legacy.
I am sorry I never got to meet you but through your proud father's words, I almost knew you.
May God's peace be with you in your new world.
Well Bud, Your work continues. You never cease to amaze me, even now! Benjy made the walk tonight! It's such a great feeling! My ONLY regret was that you were not here to see it, for both of us. NOW WE KNOW.......
nikki thank you for caring so much about our little ones who could not speak out themselves about this terrbile disease - you are and will continue to be an inspiration to many and will never be forgotten God bless you nikki - much love to you - jenn brittany leigh 12-15-98 to 11-30-98 sma1 and mikayla leigh-ann's mommy 4-26-01 - sma free
nicki thank you for caring so much about our little ones who could not speak out themselves about this terrbile disease - you are and will continue to be an inspiration to many and will never be forgotten God bless you nicki - much love to you - jenn brittany leigh 12-15-98 to 11-30-98 sma1 and mikayla leigh-ann's mommy 4-26-01 - sma free
Your courage and strength always amazed me! Especially the way you worked feverishly as the newest member of the "Ms. Wheelchair America" sorority. Like all of the MWA's before you, you did an outstanding job. More importantly, I know that you led so many to knowing the love of GOD and for that you will be comforted in his arms. Thank you for your inspiration, education and dedication.
You will always be my sister in God's love!
THOUGH I NEVER HAD THE OPPURTUNNITY TO MEET YOU IN PERSON. I FELT THE WARMTH YOU SHARED TO ALL WHO YOU SPOKE WITH. YOU NOW HAVE ALL THAT WE ALL HOPE FOR. YOUR WORDS WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY THOSE IN YOUR LIFE. BLESSED ART THOU..SHALOM (PEACE)
Hey Sugar, I know you are goofing off up there, but kinda keep the SMA kids in line. My heart hurt so bad for you and there are still times I wish we could talk like we use to. The last phone call was just before you left for Denver, even though I left you notes it was not the same, I left you your notes and ever so often I still leave you one. I bet you and the kids are sitting by the water with your shoes off and just playing. I love everyone of you. Betty
Hey Nick! Today was one of those not so good days for me. This week was spirit week and I always would call you and tell you who was winning and what our float looks like. Well, we won the spirit stick! Aren't you proud!? Ü I blared your CD the whole way home today and made myself think about you in heaven. This week I've pushed it out of my mind and have refused to accept that I'm not going to get to see you till I get to Heaven. I thought about all the times that I stayed at your house *my 2nd home!* and we'd lay in bed till 5 or 6 am just talking. Or the projects you would have me do at 2 in the morning when the "sane" part of the world was sleeping! LOL. But most of all I get sad about how much you're going to miss in my life...at least in body. It was kinda wierd a 29 yr. old and 17 yr. old having a friendship like we did. But it was a the best...you loved me more than any friend could ever love me. I just wish you could be here for the "special" times in my life like graduation,college,marriage,having a child. But even though you're not RIGHT here with me I know you're here. I just wish you could be here in body. You will always be remembered by me and I will make sure everyone that I ever meet knows who you were....my best friend. Nick, Thanks for everything. I miss you more everyday. I try not to be mad that you're gone, but its hard. Words can't explain how much you mean to me. Till we meet again...I love you with all of my heart!
Hey Nick! Just felt like writing. These last 2 days I've had a lot going on and I really wish you were to give me some advice. How about throw me a piece of paper from heaven with some advice on it! ;-) LOVE YOU!
We were browsing through the MDA web sites and this one caught our attention and we just wanted to send our condolescense to Nicki's family and close friends. We never had the opportunity to meet her but from what we've read she seems to have been an Angel and we were inspired by her story.
All the best of wishes in your time of sorrow. May God Bless You All
Terry and Juanita
I am the husband of Angela Nix, Ms. Wheelchair SC 2000. I had the privilege of meeting Nicki through the Ms. Wheelchair SC program. From the moment that I met Nicki, I could immediately feel the love and compassion that she had for Jesus Christ and for doing His work through her music ministry. She sang at the pagent and it was as if an angel was singing. I was so sorry to her that she had past away Sept 6, 2001. But at the same time of feeling sorrow for the loss of such an inspiring ambassador for Christ, I felt comfort in knowing that Nicki had already experienced the joy of all joys- seeing the face of Christ as she entered His kingdom and glory. For me personally, Nicki was and continues to be an inspiration. In her, I saw the love, committment and dedication for Christ that I want to pattern my life after. She offered to me the encouragement to be about my Father's business as she so did in her life. Yes, Nicki's song on this earth is over, but her melody will continue to live on in the legacy that she left behing. And yes, now she is indeed singing with the angel choirs in heaven. To Nicki's family and friends, I offer my deepest felt sympathy. Please take comfort in knowing that Nicki is now with the Father and the impact that she made for Him on this earth can never be forgotten.
I am the husband of Angela Nix, Ms. Wheelchair SC 2000. I had the privilege of meeting Nicki through the Ms. Wheelchair SC program. From the moment that I met Nicki, I could immediately feel the love and compassion that she had for Jesus Christ and for doing His work through her music ministry. She sang at the pagent and it was as if an angel was singing. I was so sorry to her that she had past away Sept 6, 2001. But at the same time of feeling sorrow for the loss of such an inspiring ambassador for Christ, I felt comfort in knowing that Nicki had already experienced the joy of all joys- seeing the face of Christ as she entered His kingdom and glory. For me personally, Nicki was and continues to be an inspiration. In her, I saw the love, committment and dedication for Christ that I want to pattern my life after. She offered to me the encouragement to be about my Father's business as she so did in her life. Yes, Nicki's song on this earth is over, but her melody will continue to live on in the legacy that she left behind. And yes, now she is indeed singing with the angel choirs in heaven. To Nicki's family and friends, I offer my deepest felt sympathy. Please take comfort in knowing that Nicki is now with the Father and the impact that she made for Him on this earth can never be forgotten.
My Angel On September 6th, she traded in her wheels for wings, In a moments time I felt like I had lost everything. My special angel got called by God that day, She was on her way to fly, leaving me not knowing what to say.
Always by my side, she held my hand. She was a queen in everyone's hearts, and all over the land. She was my hero, my sister, and my best friend, All the time in the world wouldn't help me mend.
Memories seem to overtake me at the worst possible times, Just to see her again I would give everything, even my very last dime. All our late night talks,secrets,laughs, and tears, I would have given anything just to have had her a couple more years.
The most amazing person that you could ever meet, Is now in Heaven singing and tapping to the beat. Teaching the other angels how to sing, She will never know how much love her memory will bring.
I know she is watching over me from above, now my guardian angel, sending me her love. She is now where she can walk, run and play, I will never forget her, in my heart she will remain till my dying day.
~Nicki Allison Ard November 11, 1971-September 6, 2001
Well Bud! For someone who had such tiny feet, YOU sure left some huge shoes to fill. But I promise to do my best. I know you know what I'm talking about.... Everything! lol. Love Ya! ~me~
I Miss You So
Though you are not here wherever I go or whatever I do I see your face in my mind and I miss you so I miss telling you everything I miss showing you things I miss our eyes secretly giving each other confidence I miss your touch I miss our excitement together I miss everything we share I don't like missing you It is a very cold and lonely feeling I wish that I could be with you right now where the warmth of our love would melt the winter snows But since I can't be with you right now I will have to be content just dreaming about when we'll be together again
-Poem by Susan Polis Schutz
May peace be with you
Nicki- We only met you once at the Miracle for Madison Event in Columbus,OH but we feel like we've known you forever. It meant so much to us to spend time talking with you about all your experiences with life and this disease. We sure wanted to talk with you more. Had a lot more questions to ask. We know you are in a better place but we sure miss you. It is now November and you would have been coming to Ohio for a visit. I guess God had bigger plans for you. Katelyn has your picture on her wall next to Brittney Spears and N'sync. She loves to listen to your CD. I hope she will always remember you. You were such an inspiration to so many people and we just wanted you to know how much all your hard work means to us. We will never forget you. Love, Your Ohio Family P.S. Do you have your sunglasses?
Well, Nick....I never missed a call to you on the stroke of midnight Nov. 11th.... So, here is your call.... Happy Birthday, bud.. I love you and I miss you so much...
November 11th....who's birthday could that be? ~*HAPPY BIRTHDAY!*~ I knew you'd skip out somehow before your big 30th! Even though you're not here,this will always be a special day to me......I love you now and always!
Well Nick...I never missed a call to you on the stroke of midnight Nov. 11th. So here is your call... Happy Birthday, bud. I love you and I miss you so much.. Em
Happy 30th Birthday Nicki!! I miss you but I know 30 has got to be great in heaven!! I love you always!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUD!!!!! Well this was supposed to be the BIG 30 for you. You rememer what you did to me for my 30... and you knew what pay back was gonna be..... but you always did like to have the last word! Your touch is still special, as it touches people still today. So many people will remember you always for your loving smile, kind words, of course your voice but also your eyes. You could tell a story with just your eyes. Your eyes saw more than most people could see, because You could bring out the BEST in everyone around you! You're the BEST still! Love ya, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! OH yeah, keep an eye on your nephew tomorrow, he's really gonna make you proud! We all miss you so much! :-) (since we need the rain so bad we might still "fire up" the candles on your cake! ok)
Happy Birthday Nicki- you are missed but never forgotten. Your spirit will live on forever. Your songs will sing louder and louder. And your faith in God will shine. Your hope for a cure will soon come. And your love for all will be spread by those you have touched. Have a great party - we celebrate your life, your love, your hopes, youe faith and your strong spirit.
Happy 30th Birthday Nicki! We too, just as the Stares were so hoping to see you again this Nov. to help you celebrate a wonderful life! We carry your spirit with us every day and look to you for further guidance. You will never be forgotten! Your strength and courage is an example of what the SMA awareness pin stands for. Thanks for wearing it proudly! Fly high and sing LOUD! The day will soon come to free everyone from this horrible disease known as SMA.
Happy 30th Birthday Nicki, We were looking forward to having a GREAT time, but I know that you are having a wonderful time today!!! I still miss you lots, but man what a legacy you have left behind. Still Love ya Lots,
hey Nicki..so this is it. The big 3-0. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! My mom and me got a single yellow rose to go and put on your grave. When we got there, we immediately went to your grave. My mom started arranging it, but I had to walk away. As soon as we got in the car to leave, I started crying.HARD. I know I shouldn't miss you so much still ,but I do. i love you Nicki.
hey Nicki..so this is it. The big 3-0. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! My mom and me got a single yellow rose to go and put on your grave. When we got there, we immediately went to your grave. My mom started arranging it, but I had to walk away. As soon as we got in the car to leave, I started crying.HARD. I know I shouldn't miss you so much still ,but I do. i love you Nicki.
Well, Sugar, another birthday for you and you have gone to see that all our children are taken care of. And we who loved you, wished you were here to talk too and to love you. But you can have your beachs and tell the children who loves water also. My Pumpkin loved her baths so I would say she loved water also. I will get up here sooner next time and leave you your notes as always,
I LIVE IN PAMPLICO ALSO. I DID NOT KNOW NICKI PERSONALLY, BUT I HEARD MANY STORIES.I REMEMBER WHEN SHE GOT IN THE WRECK. IT BROKE MY HEART EVEN THOUGH I DID NOT KNOW HER. THE FIRST TIME I HEARD HER SING WAS TAPPED AT THE FOOTBALL GAME AFTER SEP.11. I DON'T THINK THERE WAS A DRY EYE AT THE PAMPLICO FOOTBALL FIELD.IT WAS ALSO THE FIRST GAME WHERE PRAYER WAS NOT ALLOWED OVER THE SPEAKER.MAYBE THE PEOPLE IN PAMPLICO NEED TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE WE DO NEED GOD.NICKI SURE SHOWED US WHAT HE CAN DO IF YOU BELIEVE! GOD BLESS HER AND HER FAMILY.
Hey! Just wanted to say "Happy Thanksgiving" I miss you more and more each day. I love you!
My daughter Ashley was recently diagnosed with SMA II. I was thrilled with finding this website and that Niki lived such an active and fulfilling life. Thank You Kim
I was saddened to read about Nicki's death in the FMU Newsletter. I worked with Don Smith when Nicki released her second CD. I had just lost my infant son and Don introduced me to Nicki's music. I found much reassurance in her song. I once e-mailed Nicki and received a lovely reply thanking me for my interest in her music. She was a lovely person. Her family is in my prayers.
miss ya so much bud! love ya.
miss ya so much bud! love ya.
Hey Nick! Today Katie had her baby. He was 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 20 inches long. She named him Nickolas, after you. We all miss you so much Nick. No one could ever replace you. I love you and can't wait till I see you one day! Ü
Our daughter, Brooke, was diagnosed with SMA II in October 2001.
Well Sugar, it is Xmas Eve and I wish I could pick up the phone and tell you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. But I have learned that you don't always get what you want in this life as you well know.
But let's hope the New Year will be a better one than this last one. Love to my friend, Betty
Merry Christmas Bud!!!! Can you be sure to remind Santa what all I "need" this year! It's hard to get in the Christmas spirit without you here to help get it all organized! When you were here EVERY day was Christmas! Miss Ya, love Ya.
Hey Nick! ~*Merry Christmas*~ I know right now you are having the best Christmas of your life. It's really hard without you here, but I know that you are in a better place than I am. I miss you and I love you very much!
Merry Christmas Nicki - we Believe in the Miracle and Magic of the Season. To a hopeful New Year and a cure. Your spirit is with us and always. Missing you----Madison Rose Reed
I'm very saddened to hear the news of Nicki. My thoughts and prayers with her and her family. At least you know now God is taking good care of Nicki in Heaven. God Bless you all...
Lindsey Painter Jr. Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2001
Well, Sugar, a new year is about to see us in and we keep hoping and praying for a cure for all our SMA babies.
I am going to try and go and visit your Mom and Renee this next year. To see where your life was spent and learn more about you. I want to meet the woman who gave birth to this wonderful baby who could sing like all the angels in heaven.
Well, Sugar, it is late and Iam tired and I am going to bed. So you take care of our babies, as always.
Love and hugs, Betty
Happy New Year Bud! Janice and I did another show for you yesterday, I think it went well! Still hard to believe that you're not here. When I start the cd, I find myself looking around the amp, to see if you think the volume is ok....lol. Miss you all the time!
Happy New Year Bud! Janice and I did another show for you yesterday, I think it went well! Still hard to believe that you're not here. When I start the cd, I find myself looking around the amp, to see if you think the volume is ok....lol. Miss you all the time!
Happy New Year, Nick! 2002....a busy year it is going to be! Graduation, college,etc, I just wish that you could be here for all of it. Miss ya and love you lots! Ü
It's snowingggggggggg! First snow of the year! Wow. The last time we saw snow together we were in Washington.... freezing to death! lol. miss ya...love ya
i didnt know you but i can tell by your picture that you were loved and that are an angel .
We love you, Aunt Nick! We miss you a lot.
I HAVE REALLY MISSED YOU A LOT....RENEE CAME BY AND WE WATCHED SOME OF THE VIDEOS I DID OF YOU....WE LAUGHED AND CRIED....I TOLD HER OF THE DREAM I HAD OF YOU AND YOUR WINDOW....YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT....SHE HAS ASKED ME TO HELP HER AND MAYBE TRAVEL WITH HER TO CONTINUE YOUR WORK....I TOLD I WOULD....YOU KNOW I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU...I MISS OUR FAMILY DINNERS...BUT I GUESS RENEE AND I CAN CONTINUE THOSE, BUT DONT WORRY THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A PLACE FOR YOU....YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS AND THEREFORE YOU CONTINUE TO LIVE.....I MISS YOU LOTS AND COULD SURE USE A SHOULDER RIGHT NOW....I AM GOING THROUGH A LOT RIGHT NOW, BUT THEN YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THAT PART OF MY LIFE....SURE COULD USE YOUR EAR TO LISTEN TO ME....WE ALWAYS DID LIKE TO TALK AT NIGHT WHEN THINGS WERE BOTHERING US...PLEASE REMEMBER ALWAYS I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH......SUSAN
WOW! She was amazing.
I HAVE KNOWN THIS YOUNG LADY SINCE BIRTH SHE ALWAYS HAD A WAY OF WEAVING A WAY INTO YOUR HEART. SHE WAS MY FRIEND & ALWAYS CALLED ME UNCLE JOHN SHE WAS A JOY TO WATCH GROWING UP WE LOVED HER . WE SHARED MEMORIES AS SHE BECAME A YOUNG LADY WITH LOTS OF TALENT. I CARRIED HER ON HER FIRST MOTORCYCLE RIDE WHEN SHE WAS AROUND 8 YEARS OLD. SHE LOVED HOT SPICE TEA, THE MEMORIES GO ON & ON.
I miss you so much! Love you!
It's been a year since I met you in person. I thought it would just be the first of many times, and this year I felt a loss as it hit again that it was only meant to be once on this earth. Your work lives on as does your spirit, Renee works so hard. God bless, Nicki...give my boys a hug for me.