Nicolette Marie Strieby (Nikki) unexpectedly passed away Nov. 14, 2020, at the age of 28. Nikki was born in Tooele County on Sept. 3, 1992, to Judy Ashcraft and Peter Strieby. Nikki was adopted at the age of 11 by her Mama Dee after her mother Judy passed away. Nikki grew up in South Jordan with her Mama Dee who was an amazing mom to Nikki and her sister Courtney whom she had a very special bond with. Mama Dee and Nikki were inseparable until Mama Dee passed away in 2010.
Nikki had suffered from epilepsy for many years. Although she had this debilitating condition, Nikki did everything she could to live life to the fullest.
Nikki loved dogs and loved traveling. Nikki was an avid volunteer working with disabled children. She volunteered at local animal shelters and the Christmas Box House. Nikki had a thirst for knowledge and looked for every opportunity to have a life adventure. She was pure love and light, positive about everything, the most affectionate, loving person and truly had a heart of gold. Anyone who knew Nikki could attest that she left a lasting impression on you. She loved with every ounce of her soul and always left or ended a conversation with “I love you.”
Nikki loved spending time with her brother Raymond and his wife Lela in Colorado. Raymond took the role as a second dad to her and taught her how to fish, hunt and enjoy the outdoors. Nikki said Colorado brought her so much peace and every morning would sit on the deck with her favorite Rockstar in her hand.
Nikki always took the time to call all her siblings; she always wanted them to know she loved them. She always knew that tomorrow wasn’t promised and never missed an opportunity to let those she loved know how much they meant to her. Nikki was very close with her brothers and sisters, each sharing memorable and significant life experiences with Nikki bonding them for life.
Nikki had many special friends in her life and many people helped Nikki along the way. Nikki made friends anywhere she went and was accepting of everyone. Nikki never passed judgment on anyone, and if you were lucky to receive her love, it was purely unconditional.
Nikki is survived by her siblings whom she loved so much: Kathy Aragon, Raymond Ashcraft, Aaron Ashcraft, Chastity Lopez, Chad Ashcraft, Courtney Balduck, Casey Ashcraft, and Chasity Wooley; and many special nieces and nephews. Nikki is also survived by her very special Godmother Annie Graham whom she loved so much and would go to Tooele to the Home Town Bakery to see and get penny candy.
Nikki was proceeded in death by her mother Judy, her Mama Dee, her nephew Fernando Cruz, her father Peter Strieby, and her grandmother Helen Graham.
Nikki, we as a family and our lives will never be the same without you. A piece of our puzzle is missing and can’t be replaced. We are blessed and thankful for the time we had with you and we take comfort knowing that you are in good hands with Mom and Mama Dee. Now you can rest easy baby sis, pet all the dogs you want and have as many of them you want, drive a car, rock climb and do all the things you couldn’t do in this life. Fly High Baby Girl!
Through all this heartbreak of losing Nikki, we take comfort knowing that Nikki was a registered organ donor and her passing saved many people’s lives. Her beautiful spirit and soul will continue to live on in others.
Due to the circumstances around COVID and gathering restrictions, a private celebration of life to honor Nikki will be held by the family in a private setting.