“I AM… Compassionate, Christ Centered, Loving, Adventurous, Funny, Creative, Inventive, Honest, Energetic, Driven, Courageous, Passionate, Helpful, Intelligent, Motivated, …Nicole”
”Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” Colossians 3:23.
Nicole’s life was a fulfillment of those words. Her life began in Lafayette, Ind., on May 24, 1993. she was soon exploring many avenues in her life. A product of Macomb schools, Nicole enjoyed music and science, graduating in 2011. She completed her education Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor in Recreation and Park Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, where she was very active in the university’s Campus Crusade for Christ and as a residence counselor.
Nicole always had a deep seated love for the outdoors and being psychically active. As a young girl, Nicole first attended the church camp CILCA with her father and became passionate about camp, spending every summer at the camp. She took that passion and focused it early on in high school, becoming a counselor at CILCA the first summer she was eligible.
Having pursued a career in parks and recreation, Nicole’s spark shined through the kids and parents she worked for. With large portions of her later life dedicated to being a teacher and counselor to thousands of young individuals at organizations like WinShape Camps for Communities, Camp Kenthaten and Bricks 4 Kidz, Nicole’s message for enjoyment and positivity fell on the hearts of many. Her campers (whether children sent by their parents, underprivileged youth who worked hard to be selected to attend camp, or special needs adults) sought her out for direction, affection, and compassion.
Outside is where Nicole was most happy. Whether she was on a bike or shooting arrows, you could always find her in her comfort zone. You could tell from an early age that this was a person who loved to move. From playing little league softball, running with her siblings around the block, or hiking the Idaho Mountains, the outdoor life was always in her eyes.
Outside of the outside, Nicole was an intellectual and hobbyist. One of her proudest achievements was being invited to go to Intel’s Annual International Science Show with a science presentation on her work with power efficiency in cars. She showed her creativity through a breadth of outlets, from guitar to craft arts to Legos, and filled her free time with strumming complex melodies and building intricate creations.
In 2015 Nicole learned she had neuroendocrine cancer primary to the ovary and returned home to recover. While fighting the disease she served as a substitute teacher for the Macomb School District, rode her bike and practiced archery.  Nicole’s fighting spirit stayed with her to the very end.  She was here a short time, but lived a full and memorable life. She will be missed by the many she touched.
She has left her parents, G. David and Debra Hunter, sisters Jessica (Nick) Bohrhunter and Amanda Hunter, brother Oliver Hunter and nephew and godson Theodore Bohrhunter. Those greeting her in Heaven are her aunt, Heidi Schoedel, grandparents Betty and Garland Hunter Sr. and uncle Garland Hunter Jr.
Nicole valued experience over material things. In keeping with her sensitivities and her dream of becoming a camp director, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to Camp CILCA (where her camp passion began) www.cilca.org  and Camp Mak-a-Dream (a camp for young adults with cancer and Nicole’s last camp experience ) www.campdream.org  Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 PM Monday May 1, 2017 at the Immanuel Lutheran Student Center 303 N. Clay St. Macomb, IL. Rev. Michael Burdick will officiate. Burial of ashes will be at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.