Nicole Melki

January 10, 1946October 12, 2020
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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.

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

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Tishina Subrahmanyam

October 20, 2020

Nicole was one of the first friends I made when we moved to Indianapolis in 2012. She welcomed me with warmth and kindness to her French Conversation Group, that I attended for many months, without being a member of AIW. Nicole was always smiling, no matter what pain and health issues she was suffering from. She was generous and kind to everyone, always inviting us to her home for lovely meals or for coffee- she lovingly made falafels and her famous fattoush salad, her meat pie and beautiful desserts, for all to enjoy. She was a very hospitable hostess. She loved being part of the Cooking Demonstration group and always had a lot to contribute through her love of cooking. She told me how much she loved Bollywood movies, that she would watch on her iPAD. She loved the colorful and blingy costumes and jewelry. She loved watching my daughter dance her classical Indian dance and always inquired about my mother, after my papa passed away last year. Most of all, I enjoyed my innumerable conversations in French with her. We would talk about many different topics and she would tell us stories of her family, and of Lebanon. I carry many fond memories of sitting in her living room or at Barnes and Noble, practicing my French with her.

Nicole, you hold a special place in my heart. You left us too soon and I strongly feel the huge void. I will miss you dearly. Rest in Peace chère amie. ♥️

T Ray Phillips

October 19, 2020

I must tell you what is so often hard to put in words in the moment... I recall when we were introduced through the Burks. I've watched you look over, protect and provide for your mother for years. Your pursuit (and hers) of Citizenship was honorable and I know, through your experience, it has far more meaning than those who were born with such privilege. May your memories of your mother, in time, bring comfort and healing. May they continue to inspire you and keep you smiling as time moves on.

It was an honor to be there for you and your family on Sunday although my time was short in attendance and my tongue was tied. My prayers for you all.
T Ray Phillips and family

Viska Sasic

October 18, 2020

Dear Nicole,
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for cooking and the French language with me. Thank you for loving my cooking those few times that I had pleasure to share my cooking and knowledge with you and for your many compliments on one of my favorite, and later your favorite cakes, called "Bajadera". I truly regret not having a chance to bake it just for you, as you kept saying that you could not perfectly copy my version! I will be making your falafels in the years to come, thinking of you. I feel very sad that we didn't see each other in the last few months, but I will cherish the memory of having you as a friend those few years...
Rest in piece, my dear friend. I will miss you dearly!
Lots of love,

sally endo

October 18, 2020

Dear Nicole,
Our paths met infrequently but you touched my life. I wish we had more time. I'll always remember your smile, your humor and your tabbouleh, the best ever.
May your family find comfort in their memories of you
Love endures.

Maria Geise

October 18, 2020

Meeting Nicole was very special for me.
We participated in several activities together over the years and discovered we had similar interests. She had a very social and generous spirit, always willing to help in some way, for some cause.
I will never forget, several years ago, I held a fundraiser in my home in Carmel for Breast Cancer Research. Nicole did not hesitate to donate her time and efforts to create beautiful hors d’ouvres to serve at the fundraiser. Her commitment was solid and with purpose. That is one of the many memories I have of Nicole that touched my heart profoundly. She was a graceful, loving, generous, kind, and intelligent. I feel blessed to have known her. She will always be present in my heart.♥️

Fran Colley

October 17, 2020

A woman of indomitable spirit and delightful humor. Nicole's generosity, kindness and many leadership years in several roles with International Women Indiana were truly wonderful. Her passion to share knowledge about Lebanon was admirable. A very fond memory is her being aghast at my feeble attempt to cast on my knitting and her insistence on undoing and redoing it for me immediately. Such happy laughter for all of us there. A very sad loss for IWI and for her family and friends

Julie Laughner

October 17, 2020

Nicole was the leader of our IWI French group, and as a beginner, I got her to myself a lot before the other more advanced speakers came to the meetings. She was a patient teacher who truly loved to help people learn. She also hosted us in her home for the Needlearts group, and when I say hosted, I mean she rolled out the red carpet for us every time and provided the most amazing spreads of food you can imagine! We were so lucky to have her, and I am fortunate to have gotten a copy of her cookbook, and will remember her fondly every time I use it! She was so proud of her children, Serge, Joelle, and Georges, and though I never got to meet them, through her stories of them I feel like I know them! Thank you for sharing your mother with us at IWI! She will be sorely missed by so many!

Linda Karwisch

October 17, 2020

My condolences to her daughter and sons and their families on the loss of their dear mother, Nichole.
I only recently met your mother a.few years ago in her writing group. I immediately liked and enjoyed her spirit. She was a lovely woman with a great wit for catching the human spark in her stories.
I felt that she was a story teller of folk tales even as she shared her stories. I will miss her greatly and those stories.
May her voice always be heard in your head and heart.

Nadine Tabri

October 17, 2020

Nicole I will miss you terribly. Sending you now a bouquet of tulips and a batch of lemon cookies for you to take on your final journey. Goodbye until we meet again.

Kathy Bergman

October 17, 2020

I believe that it is never an accident when someone comes into your life, whether it be for a season, or for a lifetime. As a member of the International Women Indiana, I have known Nicole since I joined. Her passion for cooking, sharing her story and her food with everyone, her smile, and her vibrant personality are what I will always remember about Nicole. My life is better in having known Nicole. My thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort are with Joelle, and the entire family.




Nicole and Robert in 1968


Nicole circa 1960


April 1977 - during Palm Sunday in Beirut


May 1970 at a theater with my Dad on the right and his brother on the left, 10 days before Serge was born.


70th Birthday with Marta her friend that hosted her party


70th Birthday with her friend Henriette


70th Birthday Group Picture


70th Birthday


70th Birthday with Serge and Joelle

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