Nicole Albin Dust (Nikki), age 34, passed away peacefully on April 26 in Longmont with her sister Ashley by her side. She was born in Hartford, Conn., and moved to Crested Butte in 1995 attending the Crested Butte Community School. She later lived in Gunnison before settling in Longmont. Nikki was artistic and brought that talent into many aspects of her life including her writings and drawings. Armed with a sharp mind and contagious sense of humor, she made friends easily and in loving those friendships, appreciated good parties and soulful music. Nikki was quick-tempered, fiery and adventurous; dreaming of the ocean, lotuses, and butterflies… she would often suggest people “click their ruby shoes together and they could be whatever they wished.” Nikki is survived by her mother Judi Theis of Crested Butte and her father Bart Albin (Sue) of East Hartford, Conn.; her son Andre’ of Longmont; her siblings Danny Albin of Crested Butte, Ashley Albin (Clayeton Arnold) of Gunnison, John Theis of Crested Butte, Maya Theis of Crested Butte; as well as many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece and friends. Her stepfather, Dave Th eis, predeceased her. Information regarding a memorial service will be made available at a future date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Gunnisoncounty.org Youth Intervention Service.