Nicole Ayers
Nicole Ayers
  • January 6, 1945 - September 3, 2017
  • Pacific Grove, California

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It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I must announce the passing of Nicole Thiebaut Ayers. Nicole passed away early Sunday morning, September 3, 2017 in her home in Pacific Grove, California. She is survived by her two sons Wendell Rene' Ayers and Marcel Ayers, their spouses Mary and Terry and four Grandchildren Trevor, Trevor, Christian, and Megan, her sister Rene Vosgien and brother Francois Thiebaut, nieces Julie and Gislaine and nephews Romain and Charly. Nicole was a lover of life, music, and most importantly making other people smile. Nicole was very proud of her French heritage, being a US citizen and her life in Pacific Grove, the place she called home for over 48 years. Always smiling Nicole loved to dance and rejoice in life. Known to many as the "Queen Dancer of Pacific Grove" she was often seen front and center at local celebrations and music venues, dancing, smiling, and swaying to the music.

Born in, Maron France, she lost both her parents at an early age, mother Marie-Jeanne Thiebaut to cancer and father Rene Lucien Thiebaut a year later in a vehicle accident. Following the tragic loss of her mother she went to live with her Grandmother. She began working as a young teenager for a local American Express branch in Nancy and by 19 had saved enough money to move to the United States. It was here that she married the love of her life Wendell W. Ayers and in 1972 they settled in Pacific Grove.

Nicole's and Wendell's love story began just prior to moving to the United States. She met a strapping young man by the name of Wendell at a US military social club while he was stationed in Germany. They dated briefly before he was re-stationed back to the US. Shortly after, Nicole obtained a sponsor and entered the US. Coincidentally, her sponsor was also a friend of this young man and the two were reunited in New Orleans in 1965. This was a defining moment in her life one that led to many years of love and happiness. Wendell and Nicole eventually found their way to the Monterey peninsula and fell in love with the area, vowing to never leave. It was in Pacific Grove that they married, had their first child, and purchased the family home.

Nicole's career began in banking where she learned valuable skills of money management. She eventually, transitioned to the food service industry as a waitress for Chez Felix on Cannery Row and eventually Old Europe restaurant in PG. She continued in the food service industry for the majority of her career amongst her other endeavors; travel agent, cosmetics sales, ordained Minister of Universal Life Church and volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Tragedy stuck on February 14, 1995, when she lost her husband Wendell during an ocean rescue accident. A heartbreaking day for many and one that reshaped Nicole's life forever. Never one to give up, Nicole continued to seek out love, peace, and happiness in everyone and everything. As a strong woman she was determined not to let anything stand in her way. She ran the Big Sur Marathon and Pacific Grove Triathlon, twice. It was also at this time that her love of music and life carried her forward and drove her to make the most of everyday. She held a passion for dance, Jazz music, and the celebration of life. Up until her final days Nicole could always be found at the front of the venue dancing in front of and before anyone else. She took great pride and joy as others came to join her on the dance floor, for she felt deep down that she helped inspire the joy and happiness one feels as they dance.

She will be forever remembered dancing in our hearts and that the powerful feeling of love and beauty in life is what you make of it. Nicole's final wish is to be cremated and her ashes spread with the love of her life and husband Wendell. Together they will spend the rest of their days as lovers embracing the beauty of Lover's Point and her home Pacific Grove.

In lieu, of flowers or other gifts the family asks that a charitable contribution or volunteering your time in her honor to the Sally J. Griffin Senior Center, a place she frequented often, or the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, via the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum, for the butterflies she loved and admired.