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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Written by Kaitlyn Morgan Powell and read at the funeral

I’d like everyone to take a look around. I am amazed standing in front of you how many people Nicole touched during her lifetime. But to be honest, I’m not really surprised in the least.

Nicole was such an extraordinary person and the best friend anyone could ask for.

Nicole’s loyalty was undeniable. One weekend she came to visit me at UVA. Even though Tech and UVA are major rivals she still came to our football game decked out in a UVA jersey and face paint and cheered loudly by my side.

          Nicole had unlimited energy. She was always ready for an adventure or road trip. This past summer we drove to the beach with some friends and got completely lost. But instead of freaking out, Nicole just looked at it as an opportunity to play more music and enjoy time with her friends. She always looked on the bright side and her contagious laugh, complete with nostril flaring, and positive outlook made whatever we were doing a blast.

Nicole was truly one of a kind. I don’t know anyone else who went to six proms in high school. Or had three surprise birthday parties thrown for her in one day. No one will ever be able to match her love for pretzel wraps or her crazy poker skills- I know she robbed me every time. I’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has built the entire Great Wall of China or held her own against a field of guys in Ultimate Frisbee.

          It’s hard to imagine life without Nicole since she was such a tremendous presence in our lives. The beach vacation we had planned, the summer adventures we looked forward to, the weddings, families and reunions that were to come will be difficult to bear without her smiling face. But one thing about Nicole is she would never pass up a chance to spend time with her friends and family and she will definitely be with us during every event.

Nicole was a daughter, a sister, a niece, an aunt, a friend, a role model, a teammate, a Cheeburger waitress, a tutor, and a math whiz. And just like the never-ending asymptotes that Nicole knew like the back of her hand, she will go on forever in our hearts.

2:47 am est 

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Thank you... From Sandy Myers (Nicole's Big Sister) read at the funeral

Thank you for the, “yes,” your smile always gave me When we met.

Thank you for telling me it was the little things in life like my phone calls that kept you going.

Thank you for listening to my sorrows and then giving me Encouragement when I needed it.

Thank you for seeing the pain behind my smile and giving me Comfort.

Thank you for the admiration and respect you gave me.

Thank you for loving me for who I am, and not expecting More or less from me.

Thank you for the many hours you gave me sitting in your Garden. Time is precious.

Thank you for your humor and how you kept me laughing.

Thank you for the grace and elegance you added to our every meeting.

Thank you for the high standards and integrity you demanded from yourself and those around you.

Thank you for seeing the best in me and not letting me forget it.

Thank you for the stubborn independence and self reliance that kept you Strong and led the way for me.

Thank you for your love of beauty, both the inward and the outward, and how your sharp eye sharpened mine.

Thank you for believing in me and wanting me here, with you.

Thank you for loving me and telling me so.

Thank you for choosing me as friend, sister, family.

Christine McAuliffe

12:23 am est 

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