Nikki Tillinghast Lanford

Profile Updated: June 1, 2016
Nikki Tillinghast
Nikki Tillinghast

Then

Nikki Tillinghast

Now

Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In Phoenix, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner? Sheldon Silkey
Current Occupation?

Retired. Careers included advertising 12 years, financial adviser 22 years. Now I am discovering the activities I had no time for while working. Currently taking piano lessons, drawing lessons, Spanish and dance lessons. Also enjoying volunteer activities. Member Toastmasters (VP Public Relations) and Elks (Public Relations Committee).

School Story

In senior year, I was hired by Mrs. Christensen to serve in the teachers lunch room and collect their lunch money. It was a surprise to me that they were just regular folks expressing peculiar opinions of the food and like us students, they sometimes forgot their lunch money.

What were you most surprised to discover since graduation?

How tough it can be to balance essential life planning with living in the moment. I like doing both very much. Doing mostly the latter now.

What would you do differently if you went back to your time at WHS?

I would not be so intimidated by the teachers and would ask their advice on how to excel in their class. I would explore and focus more on activities I most enjoy and get really good at something instead of jumping from one to another. Oops, I still do that. That's no way to get to the Olympics or Carnegie Hall, but I must admit, it is fun and keeps life interesting.

What is something about you most classmates would not know?

I've always had a secret wish to be a soap opera actress. I wouldn't want to watch the show, but it's steady work.

Body Piercings?

No

How do you see yourself in 10 years?

Exploring more things to learn and see. Would like to be really good at one thing, but can't imagine what it would be. And of course attending the 60th reunion. Consider joining the committee with me.

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Dec 13, 2019 at 1:33 PM

Be Kind. Pass it on.

In 4th grade the teacher said we could leave early for recess after our reading out loud exercise.  Then she called on a slow reader.  Oh no.  Carol saw me grimace when he started to read and gave me a look that said "you know better than that Nikki".  I agreed and made a little vow to myself to be more patient and kind like Carol.  At our 50th reunion I told Carol about my memory.  She didn't recall this minor moment of course, but she wiped tears away as she said she was touched that she had a positive impact on someone and thanked me for telling her.  Carol was still the tender hearted person I knew in school.  I am so happy she was my classmate and friend.  

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I read your message about Betty. I will keep her in my Thoughts and Prayers. Please keep us posted .

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thank you again for your reply and information, hope to find more ways to use this site.

Nov 04, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Wow Dave. This is by far the most conscientious and best profile on our site. Personal, informative and interesting. You have set the bar high. I have been encouraging our classmates to share their experiences and reflections since setting this up. OK gang. We would all love to hear more about all of you on your profiles. See you tonite and tomorrow.
Thank You Dave!

Nov 02, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Love your pics. Thanks for posting them. Look forward to seeing you this weekend.

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Aug 24, 2016 at 1:33 PM

 

Thank You Vicki Norman for the information and comments about Patty.

Deceased Classmate: Patricia Allen

Date Of Birth: Nov-6-1947

Date Deceased: Jan-23-2001

Age at Death: 54

Cause of Death: 

Classmate City: Phoenix

Classmate State: AZ

Classmate Country: USA

Was a Veteran: No 

Survived By: Husband: Mir Mahmood "Shain" Mirkhah. Mother of two daughters. Mina Marie Mirkhah born in 1985 and Mandy Mirkhah born in 1986.

Patty was a wonderful friend and kind to everyone who knew her. She had survived heart surgery as a child, but never let that stop her. She will be greatly missed. Inscription: A beautiful and dedicated mom, wife and daughter. Her love and charisma shined through to everyone who knew her. Her courage and bravery left you in admiration. We will always love you mom and you are in our hearts. We will see you in Heaven someday. You are our angel standing by. Burial: Resthaven Park West Cemetery Glendale Maricopa County Arizona, USA Plot: Sec 6-18-3-3 Link to FindAGrave Memorial: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63829357 

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