Nicole Ann Verna DeBruin was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, and aunt. She is the third child of Joe and Peggy Verna; sister to Danielle, Christine, and Vince. She passed away on January 23, 2018 at the age of 50. Nicole was born in Shreveport, Louisiana into the Air Force military lifestyle on January 31, 1967. After several moves, she lived the majority of her formidable years in Springfield, Virginia. Nicole graduated from West Springfield High School and went onto to graduate with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Penn State University. She furthered her education with a Masters from the University of Maryland. For the past 15 years, she was an associate and valued employee at Booz Allen Hamilton.
Nicole has touched many lives with her radiant personality and witty sense of humor. She never met a stranger. She was always everyone’s favorite. Fiercely protective of her family, in particular, her baby brother Vince, at 5 ft 3 she would intimidate anyone who messed with her brother. She was a loyal friend to many. Nicole’s gift to the world was bringing people together and connecting lives, as evidenced by her wide and varied friends. She was wickedly smart, super funny, and quick witted. Unbelievably generous and loving, sassy and was known to speak her mind! Nicole was a proud supporter of the arts; she loved music and art, especially. Known to be an artist herself, she created some very priceless art pieces of her all-time favorite band, U2. Let’s face it, Bono was her first love. Nicole shared her artistic gift with her family and friends, and would often create masterpieces that were proudly displayed in their homes. She was proud of her Irish heritage having visited Ireland multiple times. Those who knew her would agree she enriched their lives in some way because of her continued desire to see everyone she knew and loved be their best self. She even started a group called GOYA (“get off you’re a_ _”) to encourage and support herself and friends to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Not only did she help her loved ones, she was extremely generous to multiple charitable organizations with her time and donations.
Nicole’s greatest desire in the world was to become a mother. Nine years ago on August 6th her dream became a reality with the birth of her twins, Joseph and Delaney. She had a bottomless well of love for them. Her world revolved around their health and happiness. She loved to display and share her endless love and enjoyment of her kids through the countless pictures peppering every wall with life’s little moments to major milestones. Joe and Delaney were the light of her life and she made sure they never wanted for anything.
They will know that their mom will always be looking down from heaven watching them grow, experience life, and endure the ups and downs. When they hear music and have to dance, when they think of their love for each other, when they laugh at a joke or laugh for no reason at all, they will know it is their mom telling them that she loves them. She will always remain in our hearts.
“Mommy will always love you”.
Her family and close friends are wondering how we are to carry on without her in this world, something we never imagined. We love you Nicole.