Ms. Nicole (Coco) Melki: Is there anything more beautiful than this family tribute to such a great woman?

A picture provided by the family of Ms. Nicole (Coco) Melki to Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary

“Nicole “Coco” Melki, age 74, of Fishers, Indiana passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020. Nicole was born on January 10, 1946 to the late Georges and Odette (Chidiac) Manoli in Beirut, Lebanon.

Preceded in death by her husband Robert and her sister Michelle, Nicole is survived by her two sons Georges and Serge Melki with his wife Viviane, daughter Joëlle Melki and her sister Paula Manoli.

Nicole grew up in Lebanon, got married at a very young age of 17 to Robert. When the war broke out in 1975, like every head of the family at the time, Robert had to leave the country to work in the Gulf in order to provide for his wife and three kids at the time aged 7,5, and 3.

With the help of her mom, Nicole brought up the kids during the war and worked as an Elementary school teacher for 30 years. In 2002, her son Serge moved her to the United States to take better care of her health.

She became a US Citizen in July 2010 and made the local news because she was crying profusely during the swear-in ceremony and was the only person in the room from Lebanon. For the next 10 years, she has been very active with the International Women Indiana ( and joined their Writer’s group where she entertained the audience with her lighthearted, simple stories that she wrote.

In addition, she was very famous for her cooking demonstration events and made the news again with the Indy Star when a reporter was present at one of the events.

She was loved by everyone she touched and exhumed kindness and gentle positivity with a constant smile on her face despite her health ordeals and pains that very few were aware off.

She will be in our heart and mind forever. A truly unforgettable mother and woman”.

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In addition to pictures and videos, shared by her family and MANY friends, we learn the following:

A funeral service for Nicole will be held Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E. 71st St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. A livestreaming of the service will be on the Feeney-Hornak Keystone Facebook page.

Contributions in Nicole’s memory may be made to St. Vincent Foundation,

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Melki family.

  • Georges Manoli, Father (deceased)
  • Odette (Chidiac) Manoli, Mother (deceased)
  • Georges Melki, Son
  • Serge Melki (Viviane), Son
  • Joelle Melki, Daughter
Rest in peace, Dearest “tante Madame Nicole“… Thank you for whom you have been to all of us. Yes, thank you for the inspiration!

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