Local Obituaries

Former Miss Lexington, attorney in Chandler's office, dies at age 30

Nicole Lynn Anderson
Nicole Lynn Anderson

Nicole Lynn Anderson, 30, an attorney in U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler's Washington office and a former Miss Lexington, died Sept. 21 after a long battle with cancer.

Ms. Anderson had been employed as a contract attorney for a Washington law firm, working primarily on a class-action lawsuit against tobacco companies.

But she decided she wanted to work in Chandler's office, so she initially volunteered to work as a receptionist, said her mother, Kitty Ward Milliken of Lexington.

"When she wanted to do something, she set her mind and she achieved that goal," Milliken said.

Ms. Anderson was a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

She was a member of the Western Kentucky Dance Team and Phi Mu sorority, and a competitor in pageants statewide. She was Clark County's Junior Miss in 1998 and Miss Lexington 2004.

"She loved being around people," Milliken said. "Whether she was a cheerleader or a lifeguard, she touched lives."

In addition to her mother, Ms. Anderson is survived by her stepfather, Andy Milliken, and brother John David Anderson, both of Lexington.

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Friday at The Signature Club in Lexington.

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