Nicki was a miracle, from the day she was born to May 24th, the day she earned her wings. Though small at only 4’10” (5’ with heels), her presence and heart were big enough to fill any room. You could always count on Nicki, probably wearing pink or purple, to brighten your day with her warmth, humor, or one of her coveted hugs. She was the kindest, most caring and emphatic young lady you’d ever meet. Her passion was her friends, boyfriend and family, whom she loved fearlessly. If there was a birthday, campfire, games night or just “coffee” with friends, Nicki would be there (probably ten minutes early). Nicki was an animal lover and avid photographer, and that made for a lot of pictures of her dog Hunter. She loved to watch movies, go for walks with her boyfriend, and attend any & every family gathering. A proud auntie, Nicki dreamed of one day becoming a mother herself as she had so much love to give. Nicki was a fighter, blessed with boundless determination and inner strength that saw her beat the odds on countless occasions. She shared a special and eternal bond with her twin sister Steph, a love that will transcend this life. While she left too soon for those who loved her, Nicki went out on top – with her loved ones by her side. Survived by; her loving parents, Sandy & Kathy MacLean; siblings, Jacklyn (Karsten) Harms, Chris (Chelsey) MacLean and Stephanie MacLean; nephews, Rylan, Gavin and Hudson; nieces, Cali, Violet and Poppy; her auntie and second mom, Lynn (Syd) Bauer; her boyfriend, Calvin Nazar; his parents, Blaine & Jackie Nazar and his family; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 5th at 2:00 pm at Mayfair United Church. Heaven has gained an angel and a beautiful soul. Until we meet again, all our love, your family.
Obituaries / Life Stories
Yvette Jeanne Balkwill
Born in Gravelbourg and raised in Leoville, the importance of family, hard work and a sense of humour were instilled in Yvette by her loving parents, Ed and Germaine Belhumeur. Yvette was a successful business executive with a 25 year career in radio with CFMC and CJWW, becoming the first female station manager in Canada. The last 10 years of her career she enjoyed with Glen Hoff Collision Centre. Time spent with family and friends at Aquadeo Beach and Meeting Lake in the summers and Mesa, Arizona in the winters were always filled with laughter and fun times creating many wonderful memories. Horse racing brought Yvette and Dennis together and provided hours of enjoyment training, caring and racing their horses. Yvette’s strength, dignity, and selfless ways, always concerned with others before herself, did not waver as she bravely lived her last year with lung cancer. Her family will cherish her fond memories including husband, Dennis Schmidt; sons Darrell (Mary Lou) and Roy (Karlene) Balkwill; daughter Tami (Kim) Golding; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. We celebrated Yvette’s life on Saturday, June 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow St., Saskatoon. Donations in memory of Yvette can be made to Prairie Hospice Society, prairiehospice.org.