Jennifer Lynne Nieto, née Small, was born on April 28th, 1961 in North Platte, Nebraska to Everett and Darlene Small. She passed away in Lone Tree, Colorado on April 19th, 2020 at age 58 after an intense two-year battle with cancer. Jennifer grew up in North Platte, Nebraska where
her father worked with the Union Pacific Railroad and her mother worked for The Telegraph, a local newspaper. She was one of four children, including her twin brother. Jennifer graduated from Kearney State College with a Bachelor of Science in Business.
She moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1984, where she met her future husband, Phillip Nieto. They had three children. Jennifer worked in finance and accounting and eventually started her own company, Best Card, which has grown to have 20 employees and has just been endorsed by the American Dental Association. Jennifer enjoyed any type of competitive endeavor such as cards, tennis, golf, and bunco, especially if she was winning. Even while fighting cancer, Jennifer enjoyed traveling. Her most recent trip to Mexico with her mother and brother was one that she treasured dearly. She had an amazing sense of humor and her family and friends were often fearful of her April Fools pranks.
She had a genuine interest in people, was always available to help a friend, and nurtured friendships while balancing family and business commitments. Together with a business partner, she started a company in the midst of the great recession and built a thriving small business employing her friends and neighbors in the process. She loved her extended family and had a deep belief in Christ.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her father, Everett Small. She is survived by her mother, Darlene Small; her husband, Phillip Nieto; her children Phillip (Rachel) Nieto, Greg (Dina) Nieto, and Andrea Nieto; her siblings Deborah (Steve) Murdock, Pam (Don) Small, and twin brother Jeffrey (Kathy) Small; and grandson Phillip Nieto. She is also survived by her mother in law Donilia Nieto; brothers and sisters in law Diane (Al) Romero, Ron Nieto, Loretta (Wayne) Leger, Sandra (Marvin) Duran, Jerry (Donna) Nieto, Joseph Nieto, and Amy Nieto. She loved her 19 nieces and nephews and held special affection for her 23 grandnephews and nieces.
The family of Jennifer Nieto will be holding a small service which you are invited to view virtually with a possible in-person memorial to follow after COVID-19 clears. The virtual service can be viewed by going to the Heflebower Funeral Services Facebook page on Thursday April 23rd, 2020 at 5pm MDT via Facebook Live. Those without Facebook can go to the
website, scroll to the bottom and click the Facebook icon to watch. You will brought to the Heflebower Facebook page, and you will need to scroll down until you see the Jennifer's video. You will not be able to see it until 5:00 pm, when we start streaming.