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Nikki Hales

Nikki Hales

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Obituary

Our beloved Nikki Rae Hales, born June 28, 1974, passed away on November 3, 2020, due to respiratory failure, surrounded by her loving family. We are heartbroken to have to say goodbye to this valiant spirit, but life has been difficult for her. She has suffered more than anyone should have to in a lifetime. She was diagnosed with leukemia at age 14, relapsed 3 times, had a bone marrow transplant; (thank you to her donor, Dennis Grover), and has suffered from chronic lung dysfunction most of her life caused by treatments for her cancer. She had to lug around an oxygen tank everywhere she went, and couldn’t even walk around her house without her leash, as she called it. Through it all she maintained a positive attitude with a fighting spirit, and was always so grateful for the things anyone did for her. She was so selfless, always concerned about everyone else. One of the last things she said through her tears just before she passed was that she didn’t want to put her family through this.

Her family was everything to her and she was especially passionate about her little nieces and nephews. They were what brought her the most joy in her life. We will always remember Nikki for her beautiful smile. She smiled often and had a wonderful sense of humor. Nikki had a lot of faith and had a relationship with her Father in Heaven whom she prayed to almost daily for direction, strength, and comfort.

Nikki had a very special, strong bond with her Dad. He has been devoted to her and loved her like no other. He took such care of her as a little girl and even taught himself to curl and style her hair. He was her champion, her coach, her protector, her security, her advisor, and her “pain in the ass,” and it was only because he cared so much. There has never been a more devoted father than Chris.

She loved her “mom” Kristy who came into her life at the age of six. Kristy loved and treated Nikki as if she were her own. Kristy was her mom who saw her through her struggles and never left her side. Nikki often expressed how grateful she was for her being in her life. Mom was her rock through her many struggles. She always looked forward to family Sunday dinners and Kristy’s home cooking.

Nikki is survived by her loving parents, Chris and Kristy Hales; her mother Jill Savicki (Joe); her siblings, Brittany Bradbury, Brady Hales, and Michael Hales (Haley), nieces and nephews, Jessi Bradbury, Sam Bradbury, Jacob Bradbury, Kyler Hales, Lucy Hales, Harper Hales, and Rylee Hales; along with Jason Bradbury and many aunts, uncles and cousins who adore her.

Those who preceded her in death were her grandparents, Ray A. and Margaret Hales, Max “Dutch” and Jackie Wightman, William S. Green; Uncle Rand Wightman, cousins Jeffrey Stone and Jesse Green, and her beloved dog, Tika.

We wish to thank all of Nikki’s caregivers who helped her through the past 31 years; specifically, Dr. Clark Bishop, Dr. Bill Alward, Dr. Brian Tudor, and her two favorite respiratory therapists who were there during her ICU stints, Phil Thaut and Phil Kwong. Both of whom came to the hospital on their days off just to see Nikki and say goodbye! To know Nikki was to love her and so many did. Ours is a close family centered in love and support for one another. We will miss our Nikkibocker.

A viewing will be held at the Walker Sanderson Mortuary 646 E 800 N, Orem, Utah; on Monday, November 9 from 9:30-10:45 am. Masks and social distancing are required. A private family memorial service accessible through www,walkersanderson.com will be held following the viewing. Burial will be in the Provo City Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 9th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    When
    Monday, November 9th, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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    Notes
    A private family memorial service accessible through www,walkersanderson.com will be held following the viewing. Burial will be in the Provo City Cemetery.

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Joseph Ray Stone

Posted at 01:36pm
Thank you for always sharing your love with a smile Nikki. You are kind, gentle and inspiring.
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Wayne Smith

Posted at 12:19pm
Chris and Kristy,
I am so sorry to hear of Nikki's passing. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. She fought a valiant fight against her obstacles in this life. She is now free from them and with loved ones that have gone before her. We pray that the Lord's choicest blessing will be upon your family at this time.
Love,
Wayne and Nita Smith
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Michelle Pae

Posted at 10:33am
I will sure miss you Nikki. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May they find the Lord's peace. You were truly a treasure. We worked together at Intermountain Healthcare. She cared so much for her co-workers, friends and family. She spoke often of her family and how much they meant to her. You are in God's loving arms now.
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Renae Shepherd

Posted at 01:22am
I so enjoyed Nikki at the hospital. She never failed to say hi and give me a hug. Kristy, thank you for introducing us. I love you both.
Renae Shepherd
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Kathy Jarvis

Posted at 02:28pm
Nikki was such a sweet person, I got to know her when we worked together for Intermountain Healthcare. She was a good friend and thought so much of all of her family--parents, grandparents, siblings, nieces and nephews and even her dog. It is hard to imagine she is gone, but a blessing for her to be relieved of pain and suffering. It definitely sounds like her to be worried about others when she was so sick. She had a huge heart that was made of gold. She touched so many with her sweet spirit. Condolences to you both, Chris and Kristy, and what a blessing you both have been to her through her life.
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