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Nikki Tyler

March 21, 1958 — July 15, 2022

Indianapolis, IN

FAIRETHA, known to many as “Nikki” (Bunnell) Tyler, was the last child born to Sherman and Nancy (Brown) Bunnell on March 21, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She attended Indianapolis Public School #43. FAIRETHA received her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Indiana University in 1994.  She later went on to receive her degree in Nursing from Ivy Tech Community College in 1998. She was a member of the African American Choral Ensemble.

FAIRETHA was baptized at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church at a young age and rededicated her life and was baptized at Eastern Star Church where she remained a faithful member until her passing.

She was employed as a traveling nurse where she inspired and touched the lives of many. She was very outgoing and an avid advocate for animals. FAIRETHA loved singing, dancing and jazz music. She was known for her passion for fashion. It is said that to whom much is given, much is required and FAIRETHA was given an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

On Saturday, July 15, 2022, FAIRETHA rested with the Lord at 11:22 p.m. at the age of 64 years, 3 months and 24 days. She will be missed by many, especially her husband, children, grandchildren and brother.

FAIRETHA was preceded in death by her parents, Sherman and Nancy Bunnell; brother, Douglas “Skippy” Bunnell and sister, Carolyn (Bunnell) Pinner.

She leaves to cherish her memories to her husband of 36 years, Ronnie Tyler; son, Jonathan Tate (Sherese); daughter, Courtney Tyler; grandchildren: Jonathan Tate Jr., Jeremiah Tate, Journee Tate, Leigham Tate, Ronnie Archer, Aria Brown, Leighya Henley and Leighthan Givens; brother, Sherman Bunnell; sister-in-law, Donna Williams; nieces: Stacie and Shonna Pinner, Talonda Gamble and Dominque Bunnell; nephew, Sherman Bunnell Jr.; her running buddy cousin, Arlene “Poobie” Crawford; and a host of loving family and friends.

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