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Nicole "Nikki" Hardy graced the world on October 22, 1981, in Athens, Greece. The cherished daughter of the late Joseph Hardy Jr. and Marcia L. Morton, Nikki's infectious smile and warm-hearted nature endeared her to all who had the privilege of knowing her. In her family, she was affectionately known as "Little Nikki," yet her impact on the world was profound.
From a young age, Nikki's spirit of service shone through her involvement with the Hospitality Committee, guided by her late grandmother, Mother Nancy Morton. Always eager to offer a helping hand, Nikki left an indelible mark wherever she went.
Nikki's bond with her brother Joseph, lovingly referred to as "LJ," was a cherished and enduring connection, earning them the playful nicknames "Mutt & Jeff." She actively participated in sports, excelling in cheerleading and band, and even tried her hand at track.
Emulating her late father, Nikki discovered her passion for cosmetology, becoming a skilled and beloved stylist for family and friends. She pursued her education with determination, graduating from Coatesville Area Senior High School in 2000 after participating in Lincoln University's Upward Bound program.
At Indiana University of Pennsylvania (I.U.P.), Nikki flourished both personally and academically. It was here that she made the momentous decision to join Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Tau Beta Chapter, on April 30, 2004. This sisterhood became a cherished lifelong blessing.
In 2005, Nikki graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, embarking on a career that led her to the Goddard School in West Chester, PA. However, it was at VisionQuest where she found her true calling, tirelessly dedicating herself to the juvenile delinquent community.
For nearly five years, Nikki poured her heart into this vital work before assuming her final, yet most impactful role at Abraxas Academy in Morgantown, PA. As a Clinical Caseworker, she comprehended the profound influence she had on the lives of young men and women each day. This knowledge fueled her dedication and spurred her to be her best self, always.
In her moments of respite, Nikki found solace and fulfillment in serving God and her community. She wholeheartedly contributed to First Calvary Church of God in Christ, excelling in the kitchen committee, and lending her strong alto voice to the First Calvary choir. She actively engaged in various community endeavors.
In her 41 years, Nikki lived a life teeming with purpose and passion. From her melodious voice with Ascension, to her globetrotting adventures, her membership in Delta Sigma Theta Inc., and her attainment of a cosmetology degree, Nikki seized every moment. She cared deeply for her grandmother and for all the hurting children she encountered in her field, leaving an enduring mark on their lives.
Nikki had a remarkable gift for nicknames. In her phone, you'd find endearing monikers instead of names. It was a testament to her extraordinary ability to make everyone feel cherished and seen, underscoring the profound connections she forged with those around her.
The spirit of Nikki Hardy remains palpable, a presence that will forever be felt by those fortunate enough to have known and loved her.
Rest in peace, dear Nikki. Your legacy of love and service will live on in the hearts of all who were touched by your extraordinary life.
In addition to her devoted mother, Marcia L. Morton, affectionately known as Blondie, Nicole leaves behind a family who cherished her deeply. She is survived by her loving brothers, Dana EL Robinson and Joseph D. Hardy, whom she affectionately called her "broder." Her sisters, Tameka Hardy and Paris "Sissy" Morton, held a special place in her heart, creating a bond that time nor distance could not sever.
Nicole's nurturing spirit extended to her nephews, Cartier "Cartie" Morton and David "Dada" Morton, whom she regarded as both family and surrogate sons. She was a beacon of love and guidance in their lives, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts.
Nicole's extended family, including her Aunt and cherished host of cousins, provided a source of strength and support throughout her journey. Her sorority sisters, bound by the unbreakable ties of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., will forever hold her memory close. Additionally, Nicole leaves behind a multitude of friends, each touched by her warmth, kindness, and vibrant spirit.
In their collective grief, Nicole's family and friends find solace in the enduring legacy of love and service she leaves behind. She will be dearly missed and forever remembered.
A Celebration of Life Birthday Gala will be held at 5:00 PM, Sunday, October 22, 2023, at Gateway Church, 160 Conwan Road, Parkesburg, PA. A viewing will be held from 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM.
A private cremation will be held per her final expressed wishes.
Family and friends may share condolences at the guestbook link on this memorial page. Photos may be shared on the tribute book by clicking on 'add a memory.
Flowers may be sent to the church on the day of the service. The family requests planters or silk white flower arrangements.