Nancy Anderson Nead was born Jan. 4, 1948, at Eaton Maternity Home in Shelley to Reed and Marie Anderson. She graduated from Shelley High School in 1966 and was voted Miss Personality, played in the band, and sang in the choir and a sextet. Nancy traveled extensively after, volunteering for the Red Cross and going to Vietnam during the war.
She returned to University of Idaho, majoring in journalism, where she met and married Nicholas Nead in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in September 1974. Nancy and Nick had four children in the five years of their marriage: Nichole Jolene, Jessica Marie, Spencer Ellsworth and Kelly Scott. Being a single parent was difficult, but she gave her whole life in service to her children to ensure their happiness and success.
Nancy went back to school at Idaho State University while a single mom, and finished her degree in elementary education. She decided being a teacher would put her on the same schedule as her children, and that is how all her life decisions were made.
In 1989, Nancy moved her family to Teton Valley, Idaho, where she took a job as a first grade teacher. The next 20 years in "The Valley" really shaped her family. She attended ball games and ball games and ball games, was an amazing teacher, started and ran the first basketball little league and was the mayor of Tetonia.
Her family is her legacy, with both boys fulfilling honorable LDS missions. All her children are now happily married to amazing spouses, active in the LDS church and continuing on Nancy's legacy with 14 grandchildren.
Nancy joined her parents; sisters, Diane and Linda; and brother, Steve, in heaven Sunday June 29, at 5:39 p.m. after a valiant three-year battle with breast cancer. She passed through the veil at her daughter, Nichole's, home in McCall, Idaho, after a final beautiful drive through the mountains with her son, Spencer.
She is survived by her children, Nichole and Ned Crossley with their two boys; Jessica and Tommy Cardon with his daughter; Spencer and Summer Nead with their three boys and two girls; and Kelly and Rebecca Nead with their three boys and three girls.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Tetonia LDS Church, with a viewing at 1:30 p.m. prior to services. Graveside services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Cemetery outside Shelley. Arrangements are under the care of Nalder Funeral Home of Shelley. For flowers, contact Staker Floral in Idaho Falls.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.