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.