Nancy L. Simantel-Morrill (1958 - 2014)

  • "Well a year has gone by already, I cant believe it, not..."
    - Terri-lou Larrison
  • "Its been a little over a year and it still seems like..."
  • "Nancy, It has been one year since you passed.....time to go..."
    - Denice
  • " Bubba and I miss you horriby, so do mom and ddad. I bet..."
    - Jennifer Coats

It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we have to say that our wonderful daughter, Nancy Lynn, wife, sister and aunt, passed away at home the evening of Christmas Eve 2014 from a rare kind of malignant mesothelioma she'd been valiantly fighting for most of 2014. Nancy was born on March 18, 1958, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Dennis and Anne Simantel and she lived most of her life in Anchorage. She attended Rabbit Creek, Hanshew and Service High Schools, graduating from Service in 1976. She was a gymnast, cheerleader, involved in student government and in her Senior year was the DECA Student of the Year. Nan received a full four-year-scholarship to Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I., where she graduated in 1980, with a BS in Business Management and an AS in Travel Tourism Management. In 1978, she was chosen to represent Rhode Island as the State Homecoming Queen at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. It was a week of fun activities including riding in the Orange Bowl Parade on a float with the other 49 state winners and attended the big football game. After graduation she began working at the newly opened Carrs Huffman store. She retired from there after 30 years. She then went to work for Northrim Bank. She really liked working there and enjoyed her managers, co-workers and the customers she got to know. As her health deteriorated earlier this year, she had to stop working. She had earlier married a fellow Service HS classmate, Bernie Flowers. They had a daughter, Melanie. They later divorced and she married Galen Morrill. Nancy had many hobbies and interests. She was really into crafts of fur, leather and beads and for many years she sold things at several fall and holiday bazaars. She had a wonderful green thumb and a greenhouse she just loved. She could make anything grow! And she was crazy over fishing from about the age of 5 or 6 on. She loved it all, even the "combat fishing" at Ship Creek, Bird Creek or at the Kenai-Russian madhouse. She fished many years with her four gal buddies and just had some great adventures. Nancy is survived by her husband, Galen; daughter, Melanie; parents, Dennis and Anne Simantel; brother, Michael; sister, Christine Janusiewicz (Bill); their daughters, Sara, Coreen, and Coreen's daughter, Aaden, all of Anchorage; plus numerous uncles and aunts in New York, Connecticut, Florida, and Oregon. Per her instructions, she was to be cremated with no funeral, celebration or such. She will be so very greatly missed, not just by her family and close friends and her fishing buddies, but by everyone who had the opportunity to know her. She really and truly was a very special person.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 4, 2015