Nicole Pirtle Willis age 49 years of Gary, Indiana exchanged time for eternity December 20, 2018. She was the first child born to parents Vernon Pirtle Jr. and LaFrancine McNair in Gary, IN. She was a former member of St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church and former employee St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Catherine's Hospital. Nicole was a graduate of Roosevelt High School, Vincennes University (Associate Degree), and Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University in social work. Always striving for excellence Nicole was always on the Dean's List every semester and was awarded the honor of having the highest GPA of all African American Students. Nicole leaves to cherish fond memories: husband Gaylord Willis; father Vernon Pirtle Jr.; 2 sisters Antoinette Pirtle and Zanita Cain of Gary, IN; brothers Kevin (Denise) Pirtle of Chula Vista, CA, Vernon Y. (Jackie) Pirtle of Gary, IN, Keith (Abby) Pirtle; Aunts Andrienne (Clarence) McNair, Queen (Ricardo) Toppin all of Gary, IN and Beverly Wilson of Texas. Special support dog companion "FeFe", along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 10 to 11:00 a.m. with funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Ave. Gary, IN. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park.
Published in Post Tribune from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2019.