Nikki . Contemporary Pop Art Portrait . Best Friend

 Nikki Pop Art Portrait of a best friend.  © Laurie Justus Pace 2006

Nikki Pop Art Portrait of a best friend. © Laurie Justus Pace 2006

“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” Sarah Dessen

OH I miss this woman. I lost her to ALS in 2013. It was this time of year that she was buried by her best friend and partner. I know they are together and the light is bright. There is not one person that knew Nikki Hardin and had anything but love for her. She worked closely with the Tourette Syndrome group here in the United States and she championed and raised funds for them. She had her own group she mentored called the Sunshine Group. I am not sure if it is still even functioning.

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I was left with memories for a lifetime and I only new her ten years. She was there through moves, the death of my eldest grandson at age 11 in 2007, she championed my artwork, purchased about 8 paintings from me. She attended all my art shows, and she was always just a phone call away. I miss her today. I miss her every day. About three mornings out of seven we would talk for two hours. I think she always knew my heart and my mind before I did. She sent me a small collectible piece of a big sis/little sis and I keep it in sight by my makeup in the bathroom. I see it all through the day.

Nikki was one of those that served and kept on serving and loving and giving. I am not sure if any of our mutual friends will see this memory maker… but she was pretty special.


”Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” Jude 1:21