Nicole Kudrna Heiney


Nicole Kudrna Heiney


Nicole Heiney

Nicole Kudrna Heiney, the brightest soul we ever knew, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. She was 35. Nicole was born in Billings on Dec. 1,1984. She graduated from Senior High School, obtained her undergraduate degree and was a few credits shy of her master’s. Everything she did revolved around helping others. Nicole had a love for art in all forms and for life coaching.

Nicole embodied a soaring, free spirit that radiated kindness, generosity and incredible love for her family, friends and even strangers — she often left a vase of flowers out on the sidewalk with a note, “take one for yourself or someone you love.” She preached uniqueness and acceptance, making you feel loved, special, and important. Her stunning blonde hair matched her radiant personality; she was beautiful inside and out. She had an unmatched sense of humor and loved to make people laugh through her funny jokes and quirky voices.

Nicole had a way with words — particularly on paper. She left sweet notes to her daughter, Pairiss, on her mirror in the bathroom, on sticky notes in her shoes, and left her precious little gifts on her bed when she would come home. Nicole loved Pairiss more than anything in the world. She lovingly referred to Pairiss as her “Bean” and her “everything.” To Pairiss, Nicole will always be her “Pepe Silvia.”

Nicole is survived by her daughter, Pairiss; parents Glenn and Katrina Kudrna; boyfriend Douglas Copeland; best friend Joanna Huckaby; sisters Lisa Day (Mike Day),and their children, Maria, Molly, Sarah, Johnny and Gracie; April Sharrock and her son Dylan; brothers Jesse, Daniel and Lucas (Alicia),and their children, Trevor, Amelia, Oliver and Gavin; along with numerous other family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her sister Alisa.

Nicole will be dearly missed, as she has touched the lives of so many. Her dear friend, Joanna, says it best, “ Nicole spread her sparkle wherever she went.”

Due to current circumstances, we are not able to host a public service to celebrate Nicole’s life. We will be having a private family service in which we will remember Nicole, while thinking of all of Nicole’s extended family and friends who will not be able to be present. We will hold a celebration of Nicole’s life on a later date TBD.

Nicole was incredibly passionate about art, so in lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider giving to the Yellowstone Art Museum in honor of Nicole.

“I can’t explain today, so I don’t.  I can explain yesterday, but I won’t.  Tomorrow though, needs no explanation, only hope.” — Lucas K

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10 thoughts on “Nicole Kudrna Heiney”

  1. Dear Lisa and to all of Nicole’s family and friends. I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful bright soul – May her light and sparkle live in your hearts. My deepest condolences to all of you, may you find peace and comfort during this time.
    Love, Valerie Jahner

  2. Briana Steiner and Sam Wagner

    Katrina, Glenn and Lucas…I am so sorry for the loss of Nicole. I cannot even imagine. Please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers.

  3. Dear Katrina and Glenn Kudrna, I am truly sorry for your loss of your child. May our Lord comfort you and the family and friends during this time of great sorrow. Sincerely, Pam F

  4. Nicole was always a bright light always a smile and kind words when I saw her! The world has lost an amazing young woman! I am so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you!

    Laura and Mike Radke

  5. Jeffrey Bottrell

    Glenn and Katrina, I am so sorry for the passing of Nicole. I pray that you find strength and love in one another in days to come – thank you for always being kind to me as your tenant. Jeffrey Bottrell

  6. I am so sorry, words can not express my sorrow. I pray for God to comfort and bring you peace during this most difficult time. God bless you all.

  7. Jerry & La Fawn Kleinsasser

    Our hearts ache for you and your family. The horror of losing a child is beyond comprehension. Know that you have many friends praying for your peace & comfort. I worked briefly with Nicole at Ortho Montana and she was such a joyful bright star. May God bless & protect her daughter.

  8. Dear sweet neighbors Glenn and Katrina, I have just come to know of Nicole’s passing. Even in your time of mourning, you have stopped to voice words of encouragement to Kim and I as we were out taking our morning walks. I remember your lovely daughter and granddaughter, Pariss from when they lived on the hill with you. Your daughter was a bright shiny star, but please know she learned that from her compassionate parents. RIP (Resurrect In Peace) sweet soul Nicole.
    Love, Winnette & David Rak (Pryor Mountain View Drive)

  9. What a beautiful soul this world has lost…I’m still in disbelief and my deepest condolences go out to Glenn, Katrina, Lucas and the whole family…

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