Nicole “Nikki” Sue Yoder – of Lake, MI who was our ray of sunshine, happy-go-lucky, always smiling daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend was tragically taken from us along with her love Jeff Pfund on August 14, 2020. Nikki was born on February 13, 1972 the daughter of Ronald Duane and Tonya Fay (Case) Yoder in Big Rapids, MI. She graduated from Evart High School in 1991 and then joined the United States Army in 1993, serving 8 years mostly overseas in Bosnia and Germany. Nikki thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world collecting art, artifacts, and many memories. After her service, she returned home to Michigan, settling in Lake Station (Lake) area, where she found the simple life she wanted, and found her peace and happiness. Nicole was a natural nurturer compassionate and caring person. She worked as an in-home health care worker giver for years. After losing a dear client, Nikki decided that she could spread more joy working as a cashier at her neighborhood gas station. Nikki absolutely loved getting to see her “regulars” everyday and they loved her. To know Nikki is to love her. She shared her huge smile and hugs generously. She said “I love you” more than any person you know. She was a hard worker, dependable and trustworthy. Nikki had many hobbies that brought her much joy. She treasured her plants and flowers and you could often find her sporting a flower in her hair bun. Nikki had an adventurous spirit and loved nature and the outdoors. She loved the river and lake. After work you would most likely find her at Crooked Lake Resort with Jeff, enjoying a pontoon or kayak ride or sitting near a bonfire gazing at the stars. Nikki will be sadly missed by her beloved dog Bella who everyone knew was her baby. Nikki’s kind, bubbly, vibrant personality drew people to her even if she was having a bad day. She would put on that BIG smile and turn it around to positive. She will be sadly missed, but we have faith that she believes in Jesus and heaven and we know died the happiest she ever was. May the many, many who loved Nikki honor her memory by spreading the same care, love, and joy, that she brought to us all. Nicole is survived by her mother, Tonya Case, Sister Tawny Pirie and Brother-in-law Craig Pirie, Brother Toby Yoder, Grandmother Laura Davis, Nephews; Victor, Andrew, Chandler, and Brandon Pirie, Aunt Naomi, Aunt Linda, Uncles Jim Yoder, Terry Case, Kepp Case, and Cousins; Dana, Sindi, Chantel, Chad, Brad, Brent, Justin, Jessie, Rachel, Shannon, Ashley and Melonie. A funeral service for Nikki is planned for Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the Bethany Baptist Church in Lake at 11AM. Pastor Gene Hockey will officiate. A visitation time will follow at the Campbell Stocking Funeral Home in Farwell from 5PM until 8PM. Nikki will be laid to rest beside her Dad in Fairview Cemetery with a graveside service on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10AM In lieu of flowers, Nikki would be so blessed if you planted a flower or tree in her memory.
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