Nicole Ann Hanson-Howlett
Nicole A. Hanson-Howlett, 44, Sioux Falls, died February 21, 2016.
Family visitation will be 5-7pm, Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Heartland Funeral Home. A prayer service will take place at 7pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Sioux Falls Humane Society.
Nicole Ann Hanson was born July 27, 1971 in Sioux Falls to Jim and Judy (Sharpneck) Hanson. She attended grade school and junior high in Sioux Falls and then attended high school in Brandon where she graduated in 1989. Nikki worked at several different places including, John Morrell, Bank First, Tel Drug, and for the last six years, for the Midco Call Center where she was a manager. On October 31, 2003, Nikki married Chris Howlett in Sioux Falls.
Nikki, was a very honest, direct, and strongly opinionated person whose heart of gold made her loved by many. She was known “to tell it like it was” and not to hold back. She was a leader amongst her friends and coworkers and cared deeply for her friends and family. Nikki and her sister were close and spent lots of quality time together shopping, laughing, and just enjoying each other’s company. She enjoyed trips with her family to the casino, playing board games, or cards at home or with her grandma. Nikki had a passion for animals. She had three cats most recently but she loved all animals. She was a true member of the “if it’s outside, I’m gonna feed it club” and was always feeding the squirrels, bunnies, and birds.
Nikki will be deeply missed by her husband, Chris, Sioux Falls; stepdaughter, Lena Stellingwerf; her father, Jim Hanson, Valley Springs; her sister, Heather Hanson, Mitchell; grandmother, Janice Hanson, Brandon; mother-in-law, Jeannie Ralston, Sioux Falls; brother-in-law, Scott Howlett, Sioux Falls; and her three cats, Razzy, Baby P, and Weasel.
Nicole was preceded in death by her mother, Judy Sharpneck; one sister, Melissa Hanson; and her grandfather, Robert Hanson.