Estelle Marie (Nikki) Carey went to be with the Lord on April 4, 2020 at Seasons Hospice, Rochester, MN. Her daughter and granddaughter were by her side. Nikki was born February 22, 1913 to Adele and Angelo Nicoletti. She was a graduate of Grand Rapids South High School. She received a diploma from the Leilay Post Montgomery School of Nursing serving as her Class President in 1937. She began her nursing career at Ferguson’s Hospital with zeal. When she left Ferguson’s one of the other nurses commented to her, “When you left, it’s as if all of the lights went out.” She moved to Davenport, Iowa to work in a private practice. She spent many years as a surgical scrub nurse at Mercy Hospital. She married Joseph Carey and raised three children, William, Diana and Nicolette. As a school nurse, she was loved by elementary students who called her “Nikki Nurse.” She spent summers as a camp nurse at Camp Conestoga, administering to many girl scouts. Nikki moved to Rochester, MN in 2000 to live with her daughter. Nikki enjoyed crafting. An avid knitter, she knit hundreds of baby hats for newborns at Mayo Clinic. She attended her grandchildren’s concerts and dance recitals with zest. Nikki was affectionate, full of joy, a sun lover, and a Chicago Cub’s fan. She found humor in everything. When you received a “Nikki hug,” you knew you’d been hugged. She is survived by William Carey (Tamara), Diana Carey (Charles Huskins), Nicolette Re and grandchildren, Estelle (Huskins), Maria and Emily Carey. She was preceded in death by her parents and all eight of her brothers and sisters: Albert, Josephine, Rosemary (Cook), Hilda (Ward), David, Elizabeth (Brann), Ted, and Ginny (Ragainis). A celebration of life will be at a later date in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Seasons Hospice, 1696 Greenview Dr. SW, Rochester, MN 55902.