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Saturday, November 4, 2023
1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)
Saturday, November 4, 2023
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Nicole Berthe Helene Devigne Berg left her earthly home peacefully on October 27, 2023, surrounded by all her "treasures." She was born in Pancy, France to Renee and Michele Devigne on April 1, 1938. Nicole shared many heartfelt stories of her childhood including her father who bravely saved her from an undertow but lost his life in the process in 1947. She felt blessed to be raised by her mother and loving stepfather Henri Toupet and moved as a teenager to Monthenault, France.
In 1958 she met the love of her life, Aaron Berg, while working as an accountant overseeing the military bases laundry company at Laon Air Base in France. They married in a beautiful quaint church in Monthenault, France in 1960. She dedicated the rest of her life as a devoted military wife, sharing a storybook love for 63 years. They lived in 3 countries, 8 states, and 10 cities while building their life together all the while nourishing and growing their incredible love for one another, never wavering from one another no matter the season. Nicole was proud to share French traditions with her husband, which she maintained her entire life, but was also honored that she became an American citizen in 1963. Nicole, a picturesque wife, mother, grandmother, and friend in every form and fashion, always entered a room preparing to celebrate even the smallest occasions. Guests were often greeted with a homemade dessert or pastry and champagne, passing on the tradition of treasuring the people around you to those closest to her. Nicole loved playing cards, doing crafts, decorating, and traveling as long as it included her family and friends. She was able to see the world with Aaron and travel to incredible places with her dear friends Billy and Mathilde.
Nicole, a loving mother of two children, Tony and Carol, never sat idle in her role. Nicole's greatest honor was to be a mother and she fostered and nurtured her kids no matter their age. She was attentive and present at every event for her children always offering support, love, and a variety of homemade snacks to their friends and teammates. She was everyone's mom whom both of her kids shared with pride. She displayed a kind of grace that will forever be embedded in her children. Her laugh will be heard for years to come.
Nicole, also known as MaMa, displayed a light and sanctuary that her grandchildren sought. She was quick to brag about each of them and her greatest joy was to be in their life. Nicole would always make excuses and provide great arguments about why the grandchildren needed to spend the night and why they needed three different meals cooked at the same time. Nicole, an incredible cook, showed her love through the many sit-down family dinners. She loved her family fiercely with the strength of David and was honored to accept any challenge. Nicole was a connoisseur of birds and flowers and showered her home inside and out with a beautiful array of flowers and plants. She enjoyed being outside and toward the end of her life entertained riding a combine to harvest corn with Todd. She was amazed at the beauty of the family farm and the sunsets. She always appreciated and shared her love for God's beautiful artwork.
Nicole experienced a long journey with Alzheimer's, however, never let this disease take away her recognition of her loved ones or her innate strength and love for her family and friends. Despite her diagnosis, she was able to make intentional connections with loved ones. She continued to display her kind, gentle side wanting to feed others before herself and telling all of us she loved us more. We will always hear the words, "You are my treasure", "I love you to the moon and back", "mon petite chou chou", and “I love you more". She will always be remembered for her quick wit, unbelievably kind soul, selfless nature, and unwavering love for her family.
Nicole is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her loving husband, Aaron Berg of Little Rock, AR, her children Tony Berg (Joni) of Maumelle, AR, Carol Witham (Todd) of Little Rock, AR, grandchildren Tyler Berg (Sarah), Corbin Witham(Mallory) , Chloe Berg, Luke Witham, Sisters Monique Granson (Joel), Collette Devaux (Jean-Luc), Sister- in- Laws Juanita Gass (Pat), Arlette Follet, nieces and nephews Guillaume Devaux(Marion), Christelle Benoit (Frank), Xavier Foulon (Patricia), Laure Berry(Chris), Arnaud Granson, Thibault Granson (Florie), Bob Berg (Christine), Teri Scales(Robert), and Lorri Berger (Steve).
Visitation will be 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Smith Little Rock Funeral Home with a celebration of Nicole's life to immediately follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will be at Ida Mission Cemetery.
Donations can be made in Nicole's memory to New Life Church GLR Outreach- Missions: Under Message, note "In Memory of Nicole Berg", Website: https://app.securegive.com/NewLifeChurch/greater-little-rock/donate/category , or mail donation to New Life Church GLR, 8000 Crystal Hill Rd., North Little Rock, AR 72113, designating note to say, "In Memory of Nicole Berg".