Services for Jeanne I. Nancarrow, 92, were held on Friday, April 27, at the United Church of Christ in Atlantic at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Nancy Jensen officiating. Interment will be in the Exira Cemetery. The Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic is caring for Jeanne's family and her arrangements.
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Jeanne Ione Tibben Nancarrow was born on Feb. 2, 1920 to Edward Herbert Tibben and Ella Edna Luke Tibben on their farm seven miles east of Exira, and passed away April 21, 2012 at Heritage House in Atlantic. She attended country school in Aububon Township No. 2 through 8th grade and graduated with the Exira High School Class of 1937.
Jeanne worked at Hansen Drug Store in Exira the year after graduation and then was the first to work at the new Variety Store with Maggie Eagen. She also taught country school a short time in Guthrie County.
She was married to Eldred Leroy Nancarrow on Oct. 14, 1939 at the Presbyterian Manse in Atlantic. They moved to Denver, Colo. where their first daughter, Elizabeth Kay, was born and died in 1940. She and her husband then lived in several towns in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and Colorado moving frequently for Eldred's job as a welder. In 1942 their daughter, Linda, was born in Denver. Jeanne and Linda returned to Exira to live with her parents while Eldred served in the war. When Eldred returned, they again lived in several towns in the west. In Casper, Wyo., their son, Kent Leroy, was born in 1948 and passed away at age four months. In 1954, they were living in Omaha where Linda contracted polio and was hospitalized for an extended period of time. A daughter, Debra Jeanne was born in 1955 and passed away at age six months. They moved to Fargo, N.D. in 1961, where they lived for 28 years before moving to Atlantic in 1989.
Jeanne was a volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo and earned 2000 hours of volunteer work. She was a Brownie Scout Leader for a time, and taught Sunday School for many years. She was active in Women's Fellowship wherever they lived; and was a member of the United Church of Christ in Atlantic. She was a member of Eastern Star in Fargo, N.D. and Exira.
She enjoyed sewing, reading, and working crossword puzzles and spent most of her time taking care of her family. She was devoted to her daughter Linda, helping her with whatever she needed to allow her to live a full life. Eldred suffered a stroke in 1981 and passed away in 1991. Linda passed away in 2005 and Jeanne moved into Heritage House. Jeanne was special to all who had the pleasure to know her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eldred; her daughter Linda and three children who died in infancy, Elizabeth, Kent and Debra; and her sisters, Gwendolyn, Mardelle and Myrna.
Jeanne is survived by a sister-in-law, Alene Nancorrow, of Exira; nieces and nephews, Stephen (Susan) Nancarrow of Exira, Thomas Nancarrow of Indianola, Karen (Ronald) Beckman of Omaha, Neb., Judy (David) Meyer of Council Bluffs, Merridy (Neil) Horstmann, Randall (Marcia) Rabe of Anita, Philip (Norma) Rabe of Anita, Michael (Maggie) Rabe of Papillion, Neb., and their families.
Condolences for the family may be left on The Roland Funeral Home's website at: wwwrolandfuneralservice.com.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Apr. 27 to May 4, 2012