Nicole Jeanette (Carolan) Owings

Monday, July 10, 2017 2:42 pm

Nicole Jeanette (Carolan) Owings of Swisher, died Friday, July 7, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after a brief illness. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Nicole’s life is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3000 12th Avenue, in Coralville. A vigil service begins the visitation at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 1, at St. Thomas More, with Fr. Chuck Adam officiating.

Nicole was born in Cresco to June (Carolan) Laures and Rodney Carolan May 30, 1981. After growing up in the Cresco area, she moved to Tripoli after elementary school. She went to Tripoli junior and high school where she was active in many activities, including volleyball, track and drama. After graduating in 1999, she moved to Iowa City to study at the University of Iowa. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in history and a minor in business.

While at the University of Iowa, she met Nicholas Owings, from Iowa City. The two were engaged in 2003 and were married at St. Mary’s in Iowa City Sept. 24, 2005. The couple moved to North Liberty in 2007 and welcomed their son, Kieran James, in 2009 and Olivia Ann in 2011. The family moved to Swisher in 2015.
Nicole worked at a variety of organizations during her time in the Iowa City area. She originally worked at the UIHC in multiple roles throughout college and after. She left the UIHC and joined Medirevv in 2007 and was among one of the organizations first groups of employees. After staying at home for a few months after the birth of her daughter in 2012, she joined Sedgwick when the company opened up a new office in the Coralville area in late 2012. She served in multiple roles but excelled in the field of project management. Nicole was uniquely adept at managing projects of all sizes and types, both personally and professionally. She earned her project management professional certificate (PMP) June 16, 2017.

Nicole leaves behind an extensive and loving family: her husband, Nicholas Owings and kids, Kieran, 7 and Olivia, 5; her twin brother, Adam Carolan of Oskaloosa; younger brothers, Sean Carolan of Muscatine and Eric Laures of Atlanta, Ga.; her mother and stepfather, June and Rick Laures of New Hampton; father and stepmother, Rodney and Nancy Carolan of Ridgeway; all four grandparents, 13 aunts and uncles, 14 first cousins, six step-siblings, two nieces and nephews, an extensive extended family and a small but very close group of friends.

She was preceded in death only by her step-grandmother and great-grandparents.

While the life that Nicole lived was shorter than her and her family would have liked, the Owings family did extensive traveling with her kids. In the last two years the family took two vacations to Disney World in Florida, trips to Chicago, Des Moines, the Twin Cities and to the Wisconsin Dells. The memories that were made on these trips will last a lifetime. The family has vowed to keep this tradition and bring our memories of Nicole with them when they travel.

The family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses, social workers and other staff at the UIHC who cared for Nicole during this very difficult period. The professionalism of the staff made it possible to make the best of the situation and offered never-ending compassion and comfort to the family during her visit there.

Nicole’s family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Nicole Owings Memorial Fund in care of Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, Box 167, Iowa City, IA 52244.

Online condolences and memories may be shared with Nicole’s family at

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