In a exclusive interview Tanya revealed the bittersweet details of how the family will celebrate Nicole's 36th birthday to keep her memory alive for her children who are living with their grandparents.
Tanya also provided a rare glimpse into the youngsters' lives without "Mommy" - and she shared their fond recollections of Nicole, along with the touching photos on these pages...
"Nicole is still alive in our house and there are countless pictures around - even a four foot high oil portrait above the fireplace.
"I'll never forget her last birthday, when she had pneumonia. My mother went to Nicole's house to help get Sydney and Justin ready for school the following morning. but when my mother got up that morning to help them, Nicole dragged herself out of bed to make the school lunches.
"She was a very caring and thoughtful mother who always put her children first. They were the two most important people in her life."
The National Enquirer Magazine
(April 25 1995)