On October 17, 2019, our beautiful Nicole passed away peacefully at her Vashon Island home after her brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Nicole is survived by her cherished son, Finlay Myles, 6, mother, Michele Meoli, father, Christopher Meoli, stepmother Pamela Meoli, her loving sisters Lauren and Lisa Meoli, stepbrothers, Jared, Garrett and Tristan Issacs, brother-in-law Rick Bodishbaugh, nephew Graham Bodishbaugh, and the entire Vashon community of friends.
Nicole was born in Stratford, New Jersey, in 1972. From a very young age, she developed a passion for writing and art that permeated all aspects of her life. This passion propelled Nicole into a successful writing and editing career, giving her the opportunity to explore cities such as Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Seattle, which she would eventually call home.
She worked for travel publications such as Where Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and AAA Journey Magazine. In pursuit of her concerns for social justice, she served as an editor for Real Change in Seattle. She started her own writing and editing businesses, Cole Ink and Magpie Media, and freelanced with Microsoft and Amazon.
Nicole loved every aspect of her work, especially creative writing. She loved to show off her “Nicole-witty” script for Amazon Alexa. Even though she is gone, we still may hear her talking to us from time to time through Alexa, and no doubt you’ll know it’s her.
Nicole loved to travel, experience new cultures, and meet new people from all walks of life. Some of her favorite places to travel included Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Italy, and Cuba. Her travels eventually led her to Ireland after marrying Glenn Myles, where they started a family. After her son, Finlay, was born, they returned to Seattle and eventually landed on Vashon Island. Nicole would often say the island was “like being on vacation after coming home from work.” Once settled on Vashon, Nicole continued to devote her love, time, and energy to raising her son, Finlay. Together, Nicole and Finlay would stroll the beaches to look for seashells and walk her beloved dogs, Maggie and Stinson.
She was adored by family and friends for her rapier wit, fun-loving personality, and fierce loyalty and compassion for those closest to her, as well as for complete strangers. Nicole lived big, loved big, and sometimes took big risks, all of which led to amazing, and often hilarious stories and experiences. This spring, the surviving family will install a commemorative bench and living tree urn planted in her memory on Vashon Island.
Nicole will be forever in our hearts.