Veronica Nicholas(1967-2012)

Veronica Nicholas went to be with the Lord, Nov. 3, 2012, at her home in Cantwell.
She was a unique lady with a determined spirit and sharp mind. Always a hard worker and very independent, she lovingly created a home and nurturing environment for her daughters. She will be remembered for her unwavering loyalty and devotion to her family and those close to her.
She was born July 14, 1967, in Anchorage, to Gregory and Jane (Tansy) Nicholas. She attended high school in Glennallen and Cantwell, graduating from Cantwell. She also attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Prince William Sound Community College. She remained in contact with friends she made while attending the Rural Alaska Honors Institute.
She lived in Cantwell and Copper Center, but Cantwell was always home. She served as a board member to Ahtna, Inc., the Copper River Basin Regional Housing Authority, Copper River Native Association, and The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
Her compassionate heart led her to a career in health services; she was a community health aide and served as the health director of the Copper River Native Association before returning home to Cantwell to serve as president of the Native Village of Cantwell. Recently she had been employed by the Council as an environmental worker. She made many friends with her colleagues, her patients, and those she met along her life's journey.
Surviving her are parents, Gregory and Jane, of Cantwell; daughters, Tiffany (Anthony Alonzo), Christina, Jennifer and Patricia Nicholas; grandson, Ethan Nicholas; brothers, Gary (Patty) Folger and Steve Nicholas; sisters, Arlene Drashner, Carol (Matthew Ryan), Sharon Tyone and Miranda Nicholas; aunts and uncles, Louise and Leonard Mayo, Helga and Ray Wiebe, Roy Tansy Sr., and Alec John.
Her surviving nieces and nephews are Raymond, Duane and Amy Folger, Erin and Verdel Drashner, Stephanie, Karla, Kelly and Robyn Broillier. She is also survived by many cousins, grand-nieces and her godsons who she loved.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Jake and Lily Tansy; aunts, Ruby John and Irene Tansy; brother, Gregory Nicholas Jr., and nephews, Michael Nicholas and Dakota Stevens.
She will be laid to rest in the Yidateni Na' Cemetery in Cantwell. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Cantwell Community Hall. Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the Cantwell Community Hall.

Published in Daily News-Miner from Nov. 7 to Nov. 10, 2012