Juneau resident Nicole Renee Marechal, called "Nikki" or "Nicou," died July 9, 2009, in Juneau. She was 65.
She was born in Nice, France, in 1943, to Renee Bernard Rebour and Henri Marechal, sister of Alain Marechal, and friends of the Juneau French Club.
She lived as a child in a village named Kindia in French Guinea. She also worked for Alaska Airlines in Fairbanks and for the French National Police. She worked many years for Pan Am and was the first French flight attendant for the company. She flew the world and enjoyed many countries, but her favorite was the one she couldn't fly to - the moon.
She loved to fly and she dreamed of the moon. She hid chocolate Lindt in her clothes, enjoyed cheesecake delights and relaxed with a nice glass of Porto.
"She was a woman of class," her daughter said.
She enjoyed assisting others and took time to tutor French and English. Crowds applauded for her famous crepes, her family said, and she was known to make people laugh with her many 'faux-pas,' especially when she burnt her daughter's birthday cake year after year.
"We always laughed," her daughter said.
"Thank you to all my friends and to all the support in the community. God Bless You, all. I miss her very much."
"Fly to the moon, Mom."
She is survived by her daughter, Alicia Ristau, of Juneau; brother, Alain Marechal, of Paris; and many Marechal and Bernard family members in France. She is also survived by her dog, Coquin, who followed her every step from France to Alaska.
A wake will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 17, at the Cathedral. A reception will follow service at the Cathedral's hall, provided by the ACTS community. She will later be buried in Nice, France, in the family lot.
A memorial fund account will be set within a few days. Please contact either Catholic parish for information. Memorial donations can be monetary, Alaska mileage and funds towards her daughter's graduate school fund.