Nicole Renee Rakes


Nicole Renee Rakes, 51, was born to Harry J. Goins and Patricia C. Rakes on July 1, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio. She went home to be with the Lord, unexpectedly, on July 20, 2021.

Nicole graduated from Independence High School, class of 1989. She attended Ohio Dominican University. Over the years she worked in a variety of office-related positions. She was a Customer Relations Specialist for J C Penney’s Stores at the time of her passing. She was also the proud owner of Sunday Desserts. Affectionately known as “Sweets Baker” she was an amazing pastry chef.

Nicole loved the Lord and her family. She had a charming personality and never met a stranger.

Nicole was preceded in death by her grandparents; Edward and Beatrice Rakes, Cleve and Ora Westmoreland, John L. Goins, and George and Murdis Dawson; cousins James Derick Goins, Kevin Magwood, Albert Rhodes and uncle Virgil W. Rakes

She is survived by and leaves to mourn her passing her parents Patricia and Larry Stephens, Columbus, OH and Harry and Barbara Goins, Alexandria, VA. Sisters Leah (Roger) Hunt, Shari Goins, and Phylicia Goins; brother Larry D. (Keesha) Stephens; special aunts Charlotte Goins Carter, Belva (John) Goins-Ramsey, Gonnie Goins, and Tammy Dawson; special uncles Kenneth (Adrianne) Dawson, Bishop George (Shalonda) Dawson and Jeremiah Carter, Sr.; nieces Jayah Hunt and Larrynn Stephens; nephews Akili Stephens, Josiah Hunt and Kevin Morris; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and loving friends. Special thanks and much love to Nicole’s God sisters Yolanda Suel-Moorman and Robin (Curtis) Holloway for all that they did to make Nicole’s life happier.

Viewing will begin at 1:00 PM Monday, August 16, 2021 with Private Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 PM at Marlan Gary Chapel of Peace – East in Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Wesley Dunlap will be officiating.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Faith Ministries Church

    Sis Charlotte Carter & Family-
    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

  2. Ruth Russell - Morgan and family

    I am so saddened by the hearing of this news. A beautiful picture of little Nicky. My condolences to the entire family. My prayers go up for you Patricia , the mother and father.

  3. Peace be with the Rakes Family .. Condolences

  4. I offer you my thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes during this dark time in your life. Nicole was a beautiful person inside and out.
    No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss.
    Beverly Adams-Goins

  5. Beverly Adams-Goins

    No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. Nicole will never be forgotten, she was a beautiful person inside and out. Sharing in your sorrow. With love and friendship.

  6. Jennifer (Wilson) Gholston

    My heart is aching for your family. I absolutely loved Nicci and she made getting thru High School much easier. She had such an amazing smile and a contagious spirit. Fly high Nicci and “Sing amongst the Angels.”

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