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Dominique (Nique) Leann (Reeder) Marler, 58, of Peculiar, Missouri, entered into her heavenly rest on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at her home. Nique was born to Rich and Sandi Reeder in Farmington, Missouri on October 27, 1963.
Born into a Christian home, Nique’s parents were musical, forming quartets and singing in various arenas throughout the midwest. At an early age, Rich and Sandi discovered Nique could sing. They would stand her on a chair next to a piano and sing hymns of the church such as “Surely Goodness and Mercy.” It wasn’t long before the quartet days were over and a family trio was formed with Nique front and center with her powerful voice and deep tones. At the age of 12, she and the family trio entered the recording studio and recorded their first family album.
Throughout the 60’s and 70’s, the family traveled throughout the midwest and sang in concert halls and churches alike, but it was the old-fashioned tent revivals that they enjoyed singing at the most. It was there that Nique fell in love with the sound of camp meeting songs being played on a Hammond organ. It wasn’t long before she learned to play and would back up her dad while he was preaching or her mom while she was leading the congregation in song. It was a love and passion she carried throughout her life until the day she passed.
Nique was gifted and talented in every way but was never afraid of hard work. Whether it was working in an office, cleaning up after a construction crew, or starting and running a business from the ground up, she gave her all until there was nothing left to give. Her incredible smile and infectious laugh was contagious, and would fill any room where she was present.
Nique was an avid lover of music, movies, and magazines, eclectic of every genre made. She liked to read, but only if it was celebrity tell all books. But her favorite pass time was watching monkeys on YouTube.
Her greatest pride and joy were her son, Brandon (Chelle) Marler of Independence, Missouri; her daughter, Tara Marler of Saint Genevieve, Missouri; and her seven grandchildren: Camron, Jayden, Gabriel, Dalton, Lilly, Hannah, and Andrew.
Left to cherish her life and legacy are her children and grandchildren; her parents; her sisters Jana, Jill, Krista, and Candace; as well as several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and cousins.
Nique is preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents; infant brother Alvin Richard Jr (RJ); sister, Susan, and cousin, Will.
Nique’s life was anything but perfect, but her life was a testament to that very first hymn she sang as a little girl derived from Psalm 23: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life… and I shall live in the house of the Lord FOREVER!”
There will be a private memorial for close family and friends at an undisclosed date and time. In leu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be made to the Dominique Marler Memorial Fund at gofundme.com/dominiquemarler.