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"Nikki" Mendoza

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Born 10-31-1984 -- Died 8-4-2003

Autumn Nicole "Nikki" Mendoza, 18, of Batesville, Ark., died Aug. 4, 2003, near Huntsville, Ark.

Born Oct. 31, 1984, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Luis and Pam Mendoza.

She was a 2003 graduate of Cave City High School where she was active in Beta Club, Key Club, Cavemen Against Drugs, FCCLA, the student council and the basketball and softball teams.

She was active in Youth Alive, a member of Believer's Community Church, and was to begin classes this fall at University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Survivors include her parents -- Luis and Pam Mendoza of Batesville; a brother, Justin Mendoza of Little Rock; a grandmother, Mary Mendoza of California; and two uncles -- David Mendoza of California and Wayne Tilley of Harrison, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Luis L. Mendoza and her grandmother, Donna Lee Tilley.

The funeral was Aug. 8, at Believer's Community Church with David Insell officiating. Burial followed in Barnes Cemetery. Arrangements were by Willis-Hays Funeral Service of Batesville.

Pallbearers were Dwain Roark Jr., Billy Williams, Jonas Anderson, Brandon Goforth, Joe Don Qualls and Drew Hoggard.

Honorary pallbearers are the staff and class of 2003 at Cave City High School.

Memorials may be made to the Nikki Mendoza Scholarship Fund at the Citizens Bank of Batesville.